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Give LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith a break

3 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

The Los Angeles Unified School District decided to come down hard on the wrong teacher.

We could surprise them and they could see that we are good kids

Katrina Schwartz said Many students at [Los Angeles Unified School District’s Roosevelt High School] felt the news media had mischaracterized their school and its students as criminals for figuring out how to get around the iPad’s security features, often to access educational information. “We were really caught up in how they kept calling Roosevelt ‘hackers,’” said [...]

Do iPads Belong In Schools?

When the Los Angeles Unified School District decided decided to investigate possible litigation for its ill-fated plan to incorporate iPads and tablet software from Pearson earlier this year, it marked the most expensive instance of a school district losing faith in Apple’s technological promises. Apple has a long tradition of [...]

The Michael Kane Murder Case

In 2002, Michael Rodney Kane, an elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, married Michelle, a paralegal and notary public. That year the couple purchased a house in Canoga Park they couldn't afford. In September...Show More Summary

Lawyer for School District Accused of Endorsing Christianity Fails to Show Up at Mandatory Court Hearing

Last year, I posted about the Chino Valley Unified School District (in California), where Board of Education meetings resembled church services.That's not an exaggeration at all. Here's just a snippet of what a meeting looked like:

San Marino HS Did Nothing To Help Debate Student After Rape, Lawsuit Says

A former debate team student is suing the San Marino Unified School District, saying that her high school's staff did practically nothing when she told them she was raped multiple times by another student. [ more › ]

Despite Ample Evidence of ACLU Defending Christians, Creationist Ken Ham Still Preaches Persecution Myth

A Native American high school senior made headlines recently because he wanted to wear an eagle feather, a symbol of his faith, during his graduation ceremony. The Clovis Unified School District in California said no. The student sued. Show More Summary

" A Native American student who sued his California school district because it refused to let him wear an eagle feather to his high school graduation will be able to wear the sacred item after all."

"Attorneys for Christian Titman and officials with Clovis Unified School District reached an agreement Tuesday night allowing him to wear the feather... Earlier Tuesday, a judge suggested the two parties try to reach a resolution."Good move by the judge, Gregory Frizzell, chief judge of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Oklahoma.

LAUSD gives approval to practice on professional development days

Sports teams in the Los Angeles Unified School District will be able to practice and play games on professional development days under a rule change approved earlier this week.

L.A. Unified embarrassed again by its act-fast habit

It's all too typical at the Los Angeles Unified School District: Leaders want to make a change to help the district's students, but instead of investigating costs, options and whether the change is even achievable or desirable, the board forges ahead. Only after it has committed itself do the very...

Teacher sentenced to life in prison for killing his estranged wife

 A Los Angeles Unified School District teacher was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus three additional years Tuesday for stabbing his wife to death outside a West Hills home in 2013, according to the Los...Show More Summary

Compton Schools Fail To Help Traumatized Students, Lawsuit Says

A class-action lawsuit alleges that the Compton Unified School District failed to help students who have suffered from violence and other trauma. [ more › ]

Judge’s Ruling in California Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Case Shows Importance of Strong Policies

In what advocates are calling an historic ruling, a judge in Fresno County, California, ruled last week that a lawsuit against the Clovis Unified School District’s abstinence-focused sex education program was justified because it was...Show More Summary

Compton Unified sued for allegedly failing to address trauma-affected students

In a groundbreaking effort to address a key underlying cause of poor academic performance, students who have suffered from violence and other trauma are suing the Compton Unified School District for allegedly failing to address their problems and provide an appropriate education, according to a...

L.A. Unified after-school coach is suspected of molesting nine girls

last monthHealth : Booster Shots

A coach for a Los Angeles Unified School District after-school program was charged Friday with multiple felony counts of committing lewd acts on a child, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said.

Judge Orders School District Teaching Abstinence-Only Sex Ed to Pay Parents Who Forced Them to Stop

In 2009, the Clovis Unified School District in California was teaching abstinence-only sex education. This actually went against state law that required public schools to "provide a pupil with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect...Show More Summary

In L.A. Unified races, both union and charter school backers target iPads

2 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

Charter-school backers and the teachers union are on opposite sides in next week's Los Angeles school board elections. But both sides view the school district's ill-fated and expensive effort to provide iPads to all students as key to victory.

LAUSD shouldn't lower the bar for struggling students

2 months agoHealth : Booster Shots

To the editor: As a college instructor, I see firsthand the benefits that the Los Angeles Unified School District's college-preparatory curriculum provides graduates. I am saddened to learn that rather than going forward with a plan to require students to earn at least a C in all college-prep classes,...

L.A. Unified needs to do its homework on college-prep standards

It’s much easier for members of the L.A. Unified school board sitting on the dais to pass stringent and unrealistic new standards than it is for teachers on the ground to carry them out. Case in point: the district’s requirement that all students take the full schedule of college-prep courses —...

A First in the History of Collective Bargaining

The Los Angeles Unified School District reached a tentative contract agreement with United Teachers Los Angeles. The union’s demands were often stated in public: “We are fighting for smaller class sizes, fully staffed schools, clean and safe schools, improved learning conditions, improved working conditions, and fair compensation. These issues are too important to give up […]

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