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LAUSD police officer charged with attempted sex trafficking of a child

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A Los Angeles Unified School District police officer surrendered to federal agents Wednesday morning after he was accused of attempting to have sex with a minor, officials said. Mauricio Edgardo Estrada, 28, was named Tuesday in a two-count indictment charging him with attempted sex trafficking...

L.A. Unified magnets accepted less than half of applicants this year

Magnet schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District accepted fewer than half of students who applied for the 2016-17 school year. The district received about 44,000 applications to attend magnets, which are themed schools that are open to all students, regardless of where they live. Magnets...

Gender-Neutral Bathroom Leads To Fight At Los Angeles School

A fight erupted in the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday over the addition of a gender-neutral bathroom. The post Gender-Neutral Bathroom Leads To Fight At Los Angeles School appeared first on ThinkProgress.

The cost of L.A. Unified's digital student tracking system rises to $189 million

About two years ago, the Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled its new student records system. The rollout was widely described as disastrous. Students were assigned to the wrong classes or none at all for weeks, college applicants worried they wouldn't get accurate transcripts to schools...

LAUSD sets aside $9 million to pay for sports uniforms for its high school teams

The Los Angeles Unified School District has set aside $9 million to be used over the next three years to pay for sports uniforms at all levels for athletic teams at its 83 district high schools, sports coordinator Trent Cornelius said Monday. Cornelius made the announcement to school athletic directors....

Retiree benefits become a flashpoint in the battle between charters and traditional schools

A Woodland Hills charter school recently made an unusual offer to its veteran teachers: We'll give you $30,000 if you return to the Los Angeles Unified School District before you retire. It wasn't the teachers that El Camino Real Charter High School wanted to get rid of. It was the cost of their...

This school is opening the first gender-neutral bathroom in Los Angeles Unified

Santee Education Complex is the first school in the Los Angeles Unified School District to let students of different genders use the same bathroom at the same time. On Thursday, the circular "girls" sign outside a second-floor bathroom is being replaced by one that says "all-gender restroom." The...

Charter school awarded $7.1 million in case against LAUSD

The Los Angeles Unified School District must pay $7.1 million to a San Fernando Valley charter for failing to provide the school with rent-free classroom space, a violation of state law. School districts are required to share classrooms and other facilities with charter schools but, for three years...

South L.A. students will get priority admission to Cal State Dominguez Hills

Students in South Los Angeles public high schools will soon receive priority admission to Cal State Dominguez Hills.  On Thursday, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced an agreement with the university to guarantee admission to students at Local District South high schools who meet requirements...

Judge Orders Praying School Board Members to Pay Nearly $203,000 in Legal Fees to Atheist Group

Back in February, I posted an important update on what's happening with the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California). This is the district in which board meetings are indistinguishable from a church service, with members frequently leading explicitly Christian prayers and reading Bible verses.Judge Jesus G. Show More Summary

School district calls for investigation after officer fires Taser at student during campus fight

Amid mounting questions over a campus police officer’s decision to fire a Taser at a student during a fight at Lincoln High School, San Diego Unified has called on the Sheriff’s Department to investigate the conduct of the officer. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has launched an inquiry...

Glendale schools first in U.S. to make Armenian genocide remembrance day an official holiday

In a first for the nation, April 24 will be officially designated "Armenian Genocide Commemoration Day" in the Glendale Unified School District after a unanimous vote by school board members on Tuesday. Glendale Unified is the first school district in the country to establish a day in remembrance...

Parents at 20th Street Elementary confront district's rejection of their takeover attempt

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South Los Angeles parents who give their children's elementary school an “F” are exploring legal recourse after the L.A. Unified School District announced on Saturday that a state law allowing parents to take over failing schools does not apply to the district. In rejecting the petition concerning...

South Pasadena Unified didn't do enough to prevent two girls' sexual abuse, lawsuit claims

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Two women are suing the South Pasadena Unified School District, alleging that as students they were sexually abused because the district was negligent. The suit, filed Friday, comes months after Pierre Jonas Hernandez, the former track coach at South Pasadena High School, pleaded no contest to...

Torrance Unified ignored report that high school wrestling coach was a molester, lawsuit claims

Eighteen current and former students who say they were molested by a Torrance High School wrestling coach sued the district this week, claiming that administrators had been warned the coach was sexually abusing boys but did nothing about it. The plaintiffs were students between 1990 and January...

L.A. Unified teachers--but not administrators--will escape budget-related layoffs this year

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No teachers in the L.A. Unified School District will get pink slips for cash flow reasons this year.   That’s thanks in part to a one-time influx of cash from the state and Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget that allocates more funding to schools. The last time the district didn't send teachers...

L.A. Unified school board approves another charter against district recommendations

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The L.A. Unified school board approved a new charter high school, despite the district charter school division’s recommendation that the board deny the application. Charter schools are publicly funded but can be privately operated, and Westside Innovative School House Inc. (WISH) runs two of them...

School-Adjacent Oil Wells in Arlington Heights Start Pumping Again Just Because

The community tried to get a dozen idle oil and gas wells capped, but instead the oil company brought them back to life For years, Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Studies (a Los Angeles Unified School District school named for the...Show More Summary

L.A. Unified keeps schools open after 'non-credible' threat

Los Angeles Unified schools were kept open Friday after district officials said an emailed threat to harm students at middle and high schools was not credible. School Board President Steve Zimmer said the district called law enforcement after members of the Board of Education received the threat...

School Board Members in Chino Valley (CA) Vow to Keep Praying to Jesus at Meetings

A couple of weeks ago, I posted an important update on what's happening with the Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (in California). This is the school district that was indistinguishable from a church service, with members frequently leading explicitly Christian prayers and reading Bible verses. Show More Summary

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