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Granada Hills Charter High wins L.A. Academic Decathlon

Defending national champion Granada Hills Charter High School won this year’s academic decathlon in the Los Angeles Unified School District, officials announced Friday night. Granada Hills will continue to the state competition, but it won’t be alone. Other district high schools competing will...

Charter school groups complain to LAUSD, then score some new schools

After formally complaining that the Los Angeles Unified School District is treating them with increasing unfairness, charter school operators caught a few breaks at Tuesday's school board meeting. The Board of Education did reject one proposal for a new charter, but members approved two others....

Patt Morrison asks: LASUD Superintendent Michelle King

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It bears repeating that the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District – the nation’s second largest, with two-thirds of a million school-kids – is on its ninth change of superintendent in 20 years [one man served three different times]. After some off-the-chart outsiders, like a Colorado...

Superintendent Michelle King on frog dissection, STEM and the future of charters at LAUSD

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

It bears repeating that the beleaguered Los Angeles Unified School District - the nation's second largest, with two-thirds of a million school-kids - is on its ninth change of superintendent in 20 years [one man served three different times]. After some off-the-chart outsiders, like a Colorado...

ICE agents won't be going onto Los Angeles public school campuses

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Immigration agents won’t be allowed onto the campuses of the Los Angeles Unified School District to look for undocumented students, the school board promised with a unanimous vote Tuesday. The new resolution directs school staff members not to let any federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement...

The Seventy Four, founded by controversial advocate, takes over LA School Report

The Seventy Four, an organization whose co-founder is a controversial education advocate, has taken over LA School Report, a website that has focused on covering the Los Angeles Unified School District. The name is a reference to 74 million students attending public schools in the United States....

Rain and heavy winds cause power outages at some L.A. schools

Four Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were open Monday despite power outages after rain walloped the city Sunday and strong winds continued through the morning. The schools affected are South Gate High School, Canyon Charter School, Mid-City's Prescott School of Enriched Sciences and...

From L.A. Unified teacher to superintendent: Who is the real Michelle King?

At the announcement that Michelle King had been promoted from deputy superintendent to the top leadership position at the huge and troubled Los Angeles Unified School District, the small throng gathered at district headquarters rose to its feet in applause. The applause was a "Survivor"-like salute...

Angelenos welcome their new schools superintendent -- with some reservations

We asked Angelenos what they thought of the choice of Michelle King as the new superintendent for Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second largest school district. Readers responded favorably to her deep connection to the district; King, 54, was educated in local schools, has spent her entire career...

Fixing LAUSD requires addressing child poverty first

To the editor: Judging by this editorial, it is apparent that neither The Times nor new Supt. Michelle King knows what the Los Angeles Unified School District needs now. ("What new L.A. schools chief Michelle King needs to do now," editorial, Jan. 15) The biggest problem is poverty, a problem shared...

A better charter-school initiative

The controversial Eli Broad-backed initiative that was designed to double charter-school attendance in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been shape-shifting ever since an early draft was leaked months ago. The goal of enrolling half of the district’s students in charter schools within...

What new L.A. schools chief Michelle King needs to do now

Though she has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 38 years, Michelle King hasn't had many opportunities to voice a public opinion about its schools, or to lead them in new directions. As a high-ranking administrator — the second-in-command under the two previous superintendents...

Charter school group sues LAUSD over construction money

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A state group that advocates for charter schools is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District, claiming that millions of dollars intended for construction projects have been stripped away without public oversight or accountability. The California Charter Schools Assn. filed a lawsuit against...

See how LAUSD has wavered between picking leaders from the outside and within

One of the most salient headlines about the hiring of Michelle King as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District is that she's an insider -- a district stalwart who worked her way up the LAUSD ladder over a span of 30 years -- and not someone with a glitzy national name, such...

Michelle King Becomes First Black Female Lead For L.A. School District

For months, a high-profile head-hunting firm searched the nation for a new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. On Monday evening, the Board of Education gave the job to a candidate who was part of the district all along: Chief Deputy Supt. Show More Summary

Will the safe choice for L.A. Unified chief turn out to be the best?

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No question about it. The selection of Michelle King as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified comes with what PR folks call a nice narrative. King, 54, attended district schools as a student, got her first job as an LAUSD student aide in 1978, became a teacher and a principal, and worked her way...

The last time L.A. schools had a female superintendent was 1929

To find the last woman who ran the Los Angeles Unified School District before newly appointed Supt. Michelle King takes over, you would need to dig far back into the 20th century. The last female superintendent was Susan M. Dorsey, and she held the post from 1920 until the beginning of 1929. Dorsey...

Michelle King Named New LAUSD Superintendent

Yesterday evening, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted unanimously to hire longtime district teacher, principal and administrator Michelle King to become the district's next superintendent. [ more › ]

Here are some things incoming LAUSD Supt. Michelle King can do for parents

As students went back to school last year, we began asking them and their parents what they wanted from the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. At the time, all we knew was that rehired Supt. Ramon Cortines would be stepping down in December. What followed was a series of...

Who is new L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King?

Los Angeles Unified School District's new superintendent, Michelle King, 54, is a career L.A. Unified educator who worked her way up through the ranks starting with her hire as a student aide in 1978. “What a historic moment this is," said school board President Steve Zimmer. "A daughter of our...

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