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For the next LAUSD superintendent, promote an advocate from within, not an outside profiteer

To the editor: As a retired 30-year Los Angeles Unified School District teacher, I'm sorry that Supt. Michelle King, after decades of service, must leave so soon. I suffered through many worse superintendents. (“LAUSD chief Michelle King won't return from medical leave for cancer, plans to retire...

Michelle King era closes with questions about the future of the Los Angeles Unified School District

Michelle King era closes with questions about the future for the Los Angeles Unified School District

LAUSD chief Michelle King won't return from medical leave for cancer, plans to retire

Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Michelle King, whose four-month medical leave for cancer treatment left a leadership gap at a school system facing challenges on numerous fronts, won’t return to her position and plans to retire later this year, the district announced Friday. King’s move...

Questions over LAUSD chief's extended medical leave intensify as new semester begins

The Los Angeles Unified School District is poised to start the spring semester next week amid lingering questions about when ailing Supt. Michelle King will return to the job, leaving what some see as a leadership gap in the face of daunting challenges. Though day-to-day decision-making has been...

Federal court rules California high school student can’t be forced to stand for national anthem

A federal court ruled that a California high school can’t force its football players to stand for the national anthem, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The court ruling bars the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District from setting rules that prohibit “kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest” at sports events and require students and […]

Randomly searching students fails LAUSD kids on so many levels

To the editor: I read “Do L.A. Unified’s daily random searches keep students safe, or do they go too far?” and shuddered. Los Angeles Unified School District officials should be ashamed and embarrassed over the dehumanizing way they treat students. How can anyone connected with this fiasco condone...

Hacienda La Puente district ordered to pay $2.8 million in school sex-abuse case

A high school student who was drawn into a sexual relationship with her teacher won a $2.8-million judgment Thursday against the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that the “negligent supervision” of Los Altos High School Principal Cheli McReynolds...

Hacienda La Puente district ordered to pay $2.8 million in school sex-abuse case

A high school student who was drawn into a sexual relationship with her teacher won a $2.8-million judgment Thursday against the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District. A Los Angeles Superior Court jury found that the “negligent supervision” of Los Altos High School Principal Cheli McReynolds...

L.A. Unified can't afford to lurch from one financial crisis to another

The Los Angeles Unified School District has been hearing dire warnings for some time about the financial cliff it’s facing in the form of unsustainable pension and healthcare costs. Board members talk often about the need to confront the fiscal reality, and the district’s own Independent Financial...

Belmont's cross-country program regains its championship form

In the sprawling Los Angeles Unified School District, there are schools known for their historic success in specific sports. Crenshaw in basketball. Palisades in tennis. And Belmont in cross-country. “We’re back on the map,” Belmont coach Roman Gomez said on a cloudless Saturday morning in Woodland...

One day in the not-so-distant future, L.A. schools may have an app

The Los Angeles Unified School District is making plans to smarten up and move into the smartphone age. On Tuesday, the Board of Education unanimously gave the go-ahead to create an L.A. Unified phone app. It would fill a serious need because many of the district’s low-income families don’t have...

Behind the debate: Read the changes to rules for L.A. charter schools

Both sides avoided a risky showdown when charter school leaders and the Los Angeles Unified School District reached a compromise last week. Here is what changed and what did not change regarding how charters will operate in the futu...

L.A. School Board Set to Rumble Over Charter Schools

LA is one of the most charter-school heavy cities in America. The stage has been set for an apparent showdown between charter school operators and the Los Angeles Unified School District office charged with charter school oversight,Show More Summary

Charters schools, L.A. Unified likely to strike compromise to avoid showdown at board meeting

Leaders of a group of charter schools and Los Angeles Unified School District officials were working up to the last minute to avert a public fight at Tuesday’s school board meeting over district rules the charters find onerous. By late Monday, sources on both sides said a confrontation seemed unlikely,...

Showdown looming between L.A. Unified and charter schools

Los Angeles school district officials plan to recommend at the next school board meeting that 10 charter schools be shut down because they refuse to comply with district rules. The district confirmed the recommendations Thursday. Charter school leaders, who say they are standing up against regulations...

L.A. Unified says PUC Schools should have unearthed alleged Rodriguez conflict three years ago

The leaders of a local charter-school network are under fire from the Los Angeles Unified School District for not uncovering and reporting conflict-of-interest allegations against school board member Ref Rodriguez three years ago. The district has sent Partnerships to Uplift Communities, or PUC...

L.A. Unified says PUC Schools should have unearthed alleged Rodriguez conflict three years ago

The leaders of a local charter-school network are under fire from the Los Angeles Unified School District for not uncovering and reporting conflict-of-interest allegations against school board member Ref Rodriguez three years ago. The district has sent Partnerships to Uplift Communities, or PUC...

Ref Rodriguez and charter schools' failure to police themselves

To the editor: The Los Angeles Times must now look at the failure of charter school oversight personnel to detect or discourage the kinds of actions Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Ref Rodriguez is accused of doing. (“What Ref Rodriguez's latest legal problems mean...

Enrollment drops even more than expected in L.A. Unified

Enrollment has dropped even more than anticipated in the Los Angeles Unified School District, exacerbating budget problems and signaling that efforts to reverse the decline are falling short. L.A. Unified had been expecting enrollment to shrink 2.1% but the actual drop has been 2.55%. That small...

Criminal defendant Ref Rodriguez, an introduction

Corporate charter school mogul Refugio “Ref” Rodriguez has been in the news lately. First, for his being elected President of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education. Second, he is facing criminal charges of three felony counts, including conspiracy and perjury, and 25 misdemeanor counts of assumed name contribution. Show More Summary

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