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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

Ref Rodriguez is accused of committing a deceitful crime, not a 'rookie mistake'

To the editor: There’s no need for debate about the nature of the charges against Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Ref Rodriguez. (“A rookie mistake, or a premeditated strategy? The actions of LAUSD’s ex-school board president still leave some wondering,” Sept. 27)...

L.A. Unified students toss out $100,000 in food a day. A new state law could donate it to food banks

So much school food goes wasted, tossed in the trash, uneaten. Each day in the Los Angeles Unified School District, students throw out at least $100,000 worth. That works out to about 600 tons of organic waste daily, according to a 2015 study. The district pushed for a new law to help change that...

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...

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