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Ex-schools chief Deasy's next step: build alternative juvenile prisons

John Deasy, the controversial former superintendent who led the Los Angeles Unified School District for three-and-a-half turbulent years, is embarking on a new venture that could prove just as challenging: keeping juvenile offenders from returning to jail.  Deasy wants to do that by opening alternative...

How the relationship between L.A. Unified and charter schools is 'like a middle school dance'

For years, parents in the nation’s second largest school district have faced disarray when trying to find the best place for their kids to learn. There are about 10 types of public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, many with their own admissions processes and schedules. To address...

Charter school and union unite on wanting L.A. Unified to pay retiree benefits for charter teachers

The local teachers union has made rare common cause with a charter school: They are pressing to have the Los Angeles school district — not the charter — pay for costly retiree benefits that are due to teachers who worked at the charter.  A formal grievance against L.A. Unified, filed recently by...

Former L.A. Unified teacher Rafe Esquith can continue with his lawsuit, judge rules

A popular former Los Angeles Unified teacher who was investigated and fired after allegations of inappropriate behavior will be allowed to continue his defamation lawsuit against the school district, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Rafe Esquith, a longtime teacher at Hobart...

Meet the new L.A. Unified student board member

It's hard to be an effective politician when your vote doesn't even count. Karen Calderon has a plan for that. The newest Los Angeles Unified School District student board member - elected by other high school student leaders in the district - will have a voice at school board meetings. At 16,...

If L.A. OKs a $1.2-billion bond for homeless initiatives, the city will need to up its real estate game

Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles County’s transit agency embarked on a huge construction initiative aimed at adding new subway lines, freeway lanes and light rail routes. Before that, the Los Angeles Unified School District took on a massive plan for building dozens of elementary, middle and...

L.A. will need to create a 'housing machine' as part of homeless bond measure, official says

Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles County’s transit agency embarked on a huge construction initiative aimed at adding new subway lines, freeway lanes and light rail routes. Before that, the Los Angeles Unified School District took on a massive plan for building dozens of elementary, middle and...

'Wanding' for weapons at Los Angeles public schools

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For 23 years after L.A. schools started conducting random weapons checks on students, not a single parent complained, according to leaders at the Los Angeles Unified School District. The policy was instituted after a gun brought to school in 1993 by a 15-year-old accidentally discharged, killing...

Three things to know about how L.A. schools are using your money

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved $7.6 billion in spending for the upcoming fiscal year. But where does that money go, and who decides how to spend it? Here are a few things to know about the 2016-17 budget. 1. Most of the money goes to salaries and benefits Most of the...

In the search for better graduation rates, schools are fudging the numbers

In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a spectacular improvement in its graduation rate: Fully 77% of students who had come in as 9th graders four years earlier were now going to graduate as seniors. But there was a bit of a trick behind the number: It included only students...

Fund set up to raise money for L.A. Unified merges with group starting two charter schools

Two organizations set up to work within the traditional public school system are moving away from their original mission — and from the Los Angeles Unified School District — in the name of better helping students. The governing boards of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the group LA’s...

Parents and principals will weigh in on charter placements at L.A. school campuses

Families and schools in L.A. Unified could get more of a say in the way the district allocates space to charter schools, thanks to a committee the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to create Tuesday. The school board directed the superintendent to form a group that will suggest ways...

Are the LAUSD's online makeup courses devaluing its diplomas?

To the editor: The Los Angeles Unified School District’s online credit-recovery courses for students who fail classes and are in danger of not graduating deserve more scrutiny. (“What’s really in LAUSD’s online credit recovery courses?” editorial, June 19) As a high school teacher, I feel that...

Traditional L.A. Unified schools and charter schools need to learn to share

The tension between charter schools and traditional Los Angeles Unified schools has never been higher. The district is in bad financial straits as a result of lower enrollment, while a new philanthropic group calling itself the Great Public Schools Initiative has plans to fund more charter schools,...

Verna B. Dauterive dies at 93; longtime L.A. Unified principal and honorary USC trustee

Verna B. Dauterive, a USC donor and longtime Los Angeles Unified School District principal, died June 1 of natural causes. She was 93. Dauterive was hired by L.A. schools in 1943, one of only four black teachers in the district at the time. Four decades later, Dauterive and her husband, Peter,...

What's really in LAUSD's online credit recovery courses?

Because of new rules designed to raise graduation standards, officials of the Los Angeles Unified School District woke up in December to the grim news that only half of its students were on track to graduate, down from 74% the year before. The problem was that this was the first year all students...

What it's like to graduate from L.A. Unified as an untraditional student

Destin Thompson has attended five high schools in two states. Many Los Angeles Unified School District high school students graduate Thursday, but Thompson was one of hundreds of students from more than two dozen alternative high schools who moved their tassels across their mortarboards Wednesday....

Who gets to decide which L.A. public school campuses have to share space with charters?

By the time parents find out that their kids’ school will share a campus with a charter school, the decision to put it there has usually already been made. Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez, a charter supporter who founded a network of charter schools in Los Angeles,...

Jeovanie Hernandez of Cleveland shows how to play national anthem on electric guitar

Always count on the Los Angeles Unified School District to have talent among its students. Cleveland High senior Jeovanie Hernandez, an aspiring guitar player, was recruited to play the national anthem on Tuesday afternoon at USC prior to the Chatsworth-Cleveland baseball game in the City Section...

The Strategy Center--Finally--Gets the Tanks and M-16s Out of the LA School System

Today, after 18 months of ferocious uphill organizing the Labor/Community Strategy Center reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles School Police Department. They agreed: To return all military...Show More Summary

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