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Ref Rodriguez should go to 'teacher jail' until his case is resolved

To the editor: If safety and protection of students is a top priority for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Board of Education President Ref Rodriguez should immediately recuse himself and join educations in the LAUSD’s “teacher jail” until the felony charges against him are litigated. (“...

Settlement will send $151 million to 50 L.A. schools over the next three years

The Los Angeles Unified School District will pour $151 million into a group of 50 schools to settle a lawsuit over how the school system spends money intended for some of its neediest students. The funds, to be distributed over three years, will go to schools in low-income neighborhoods, mostly...

L.A. Unified settles lawsuits with teacher Rafe Esquith

Rafe Esquith may have been America’s most famous teacher — even, some said, its best — when the Los Angeles Unified School District fired him in 2015. The three lawsuits prompted by that dismissal were put aside as the two sides settled and issued a brief joint statement Wednesday morning. Esquith,...

L.A. Unified announces highest-ever graduation rate, again

The Los Angeles Unified School District appears to have once again broken its all-time record, reporting a preliminary graduation rate of 80.2% for the class of 2017. That’s up 3 percentage points from the year before, part of a rapid uphill climb. From 2015 to 2016, the graduate rate rose 5 percentage...

Many L.A. students get to college; only a few finish

A study released Wednesday put an exclamation point on something that Los Angeles Unified School District officials already have acknowledged: too few of their graduates — about one in four — are earning a college degree. The latest data points from two studies, by UCLA and Claremont Graduate University...

L.A. Unified after-school coach sentenced to 105 years in prison for molesting girls on campus

A coach for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program was sentenced to 105 years to life in prison Tuesday for molesting multiple students over several years. Ronnie Lee Roman, 44, of San Fernando, worked as a Youth Services coach for Beyond the Bell, an after-school program offered...

School board debates over state math and science school

Should the Los Angeles Unified School District oversee the education of the city’s disadvantaged students? Or are those students better off when others step in to do the job? With the growth of charter schools backed by some of the city’s most prominent people, such questions have long been a hot...

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

4 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

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