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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...

Santa Monica school leader voted on contracts with firms that did business with her husband, documents show

A Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board member has been casting votes that benefited construction management and financial advisory companies without disclosing that her husband does business with those firms, school board records as well as sworn testimony show. Maria Leon-Vazquez’s...

Lead contamination at 10 Oakland schools prompts new round of water tests

A new round of water quality testing began Thursday morning at 86 public schools in Oakland after lead contamination was found in plumbing fixtures at 10 campuses in the city, officials said. The Oakland Unified School District and the...Show More Summary

California School District Is Banning Black Lives Matter Signs and Shirts, ACLU Says

The Northern California ACLU has accused the Alameda Unified School District of telling students to keep Black Lives Matter materials out of its schools.

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

Agreement paves way for L.A. Unified to approve most old and new charter schools

Charter school leaders flexed their new muscle with the L.A. Unified School District on Tuesday to win district concessions on some operating rules. But they stopped short of insisting that all their demands be met, which could have led to school closures and an embarrassing public fight. Sixteen...

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,...

SF teachers reach tentative contract agreement with district

San Francisco Unified School District reached a tentative contract agreement with its teachers union Saturday, days before the union was scheduled to vote on whether to allow a strike. The deal grants teachers an 11 percent raise over...Show More Summary

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...

Man with hostage barricades inside classroom at Castle View Elementary in Riverside

A parent has taken a hostage and is barricaded inside Castle View Elementary School in Riverside, police said Tuesday. School district officials were notified about the situation just after 11:20 a.m., said Riverside Unified spokesman Justin Grayson. The door to a room is blocked with a man and...

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...

District must cut $4.5 million due to declining enrollment

The Tucson Unified School District must make a mid-year $4.5 million budget cut after more than 880 students projected to attend the district's schools this year decided to go elsewhere. … Click to Continue »

Newport-Mesa elementary schools lack sufficient textbooks, group alleges

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District says it will investigate a complaint presented to the school board Tuesday night by a group alleging the district lacks sufficient instructional materials for elementary school students. In its complaint, the Newport-Mesa Community for Students says there...

Heat and wind shorten school day for Santa Monica, Malibu students

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District gave students the option of leaving school early Tuesday because of the heat and high winds. There will also be a “minimal day” schedule Tuesday, which means most schools will end between noon and 1 p.m., and serve lunch earlier in the day. L.A. shattere...

Newport-Mesa school board chooses boundary map with realigned trustee voting areas

After several public hearings and months of debate, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has unanimously approved a new trustee-area boundary map. The selection of Map G over Map B on Tuesday, Oct. 17 gives trustee area 7 a higher percentage of minorities at 58.8 percent, but a lower proportion of Hispanics. In Map B, the […]

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...

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