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Senior L.A. Unified official tapped to lead Inglewood schools

The state has picked a senior Los Angeles schools administrator, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, to lead the troubled Inglewood Unified School District. The Inglewood school system, which is located just east of Los Angeles International Airport, has long struggled with low academic achievement and...

Many with knife shot by school police near Esperanza Elementary, authorities say

Los Angeles Unified School District police officers shot and wounded a man holding a knife early Saturday morning near Esperanza Elementary School in Westlake, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 2:45 a.m. in the 600 block of South Union Avenue, said Lt. Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles...

Another jolt for L.A. schools as civic group seeks a role in fixing school district

The Los Angeles Unified School District, which just two months ago saw a pro-charter school majority elected to the Board of Education for the first time, is about to get another jolt. Philanthropist and former investment banker Austin Beutner has assembled an advisory panel to work with Los Angeles...

L.A. deserves a school board of adequately compensated members

To the editor: My late husband, George Kiriyama, served on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education from 1995 to 1999. He and his colleagues were paid $18,000 annually. (“Hold your outrage — the LAUSD board deserves a big raise,” editorial, July 12) I was in adult education, where...

School board members will get a 174% raise. What about LAUSD teachers?

To the editor: While I appreciate the importance of providing a raise to Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education members because they have not seen an increase in years, what I do take umbrage with is not only the incredible jump in some of the salaries, but also some of the reasoning...

Finally, Los Angeles has a pro-student school board

To the editor: Ref Rodriguez, the new charter-friendly president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, gets it. United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers union that opposed the new board members in the last election, does not. (“A new era begins as pro-charter majority...

Approved L.A. Unified settlement would send money to district's neediest schools

The Los Angeles school board has authorized a lawsuit settlement that would send more money to the district’s neediest schools over the next three years for resources to improve African American and Latino student achievement. Community Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group, filed a complaint with...

Schools are boosting graduation rates by offering 'credit recovery.' But what are students learning?

In the last two years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has poured $30 million into giving students more options to make up the classes they failed.

Schools are boosting graduation rates by offering 'credit recovery.' But what are students learning?

In the last two years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has poured $30 million into giving students more options to make up the classes they failed.

L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs

Faced with mounting costs and declining enrollment, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a $7.5-billion budget Tuesday that will increase spending and lay off more than 100 library aides, clerks and other support staff next school year. The layoffs represent a growing acknowledgement...

L.A. Unified approves more spending and layoffs

Faced with mounting costs and declining enrollment, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a $7.5-billion budget Tuesday that will increase spending and lay off more than 100 library aides, clerks and other support staff next school year. The layoffs represent a growing acknowledgement...

Teachers Unions Losing Long War Over Parental Choice: New at Reason

2 months agoNews : Reason

Choice advocates won two seats on the school board for the Los Angeles Unified School District, just the latest indication that powerful teachers unions are losing the long war against school choice. Steven Greenhut writes: Supporters...Show More Summary

A victory for charter schools in Los Angeles

(Paul Mirengoff) Charter school backers have won a majority of seats on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District for the first. The story is here, in a Los Angeles Times article. You have to dig it out, though. The TimesShow More Summary

LA School Board Election Is a Major Loss for Teachers’ Unions

After the most expensive school-board election in the nation’s history, the LA Unified School District now has a pro-reform majority after years of unwavering support for teachers’ unions. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) pursued a...Show More Summary

Charter backers win their first L.A. school board majority

The Los Angeles Unified School District underwent a dramatic political shift Tuesday night, as the curtain dropped on what has been the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history. The election has been a proxy war between wealthy charter school advocates and public employee unions....

Big Money Wins In L.A.: Billionaires’ Hand-Picked Candidate Nick Melvoin Spent 71 Percent Of The Money To Get 57 Percent Of The School Board Vote

Once Nick Melvoin joins the Los Angeles Unified School District board, he’s going to require all high school civics teachers to add a new lesson plan to their curriculum: “How To Buy An Election.” That’s what happened on Tuesday. Melvoin...Show More Summary

Do Election Results Make Statewide Union Action Less Likely, or More?

Things didn’t go too well yesterday for California’s unions. They lost both Los Angeles Unified School District board seats, giving charter school supporters a majority. As I mentioned yesterday, the board election was to be the first...Show More Summary

Steve Zimmer concedes in L.A. school board race; early returns show a possible power shift

The Los Angeles Unified School District teetered on the edge of a major political shift Tuesday night, as the curtain dropped on what has been the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history. Less than two hours after polls closed, with many ballots left to be counted, the president...

LA School Board Race Is Just the First Step

The obvious view is that today’s election for two Los Angeles Unified School District board seats is the latest battle in the ongoing proxy war over charter schools. It is that, but it’s also the first phase of United Teachers Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl’s grand design to alter the direction of California politics. Show More Summary

Charter-school reforms we need, and one we don't

It might not feel this way to the Los Angeles Unified school board, but the district owes a lot to charter schools. The publicly funded but typically privately managed schools have served as educational models, proving that low-income students of color can and do achieve. They have provided their...

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