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Parents sue San Diego school district over Islamophobia bullying policy

A legal group and six parents have filed a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a San Diego Unified School District plan to protect Muslim students from bullying. “It’s our position that the anti-bullying policies should protect all students regardless of ethnicity and affiliation,...

Irvine Unified honors outstanding employees

IRVINE — Eric Lomeli, Silvia Rosa, Ari As, Linda Risberg and Rita Gallegos were named Irvine Unified School District’s 2017 Classified Employees of the Year. Classified employees include custodians, paraeducators, media technicians,Show More Summary

Judy Burton dies at 69; led school reform efforts inside and outside L.A. Unified

It was widely presumed that Judy Burton someday would become superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District, given that she rose from star teacher to star principal to leader of internal reform efforts. But timing and a near-fatal illness worked against her and instead she became the founding...

El Rancho charter renewal debate to be addressed Thursday

After nearly two months of debate, the fate of El Rancho Charter School’s renewal is up for action at this week’s Orange Unified School District’s Board of Education meeting. The back-and-forth between El Rancho and the district began in early April when El Rancho Principal Michele Walker said in a letter that the school’s charter […]

Santa Ana Unified creating a K-8 by moving elementary school, upsetting some parents

SANTA ANA —  Javier Hernandez walked his three boys to Romero Cruz Elementary Friday morning, ushering them in with a good-bye kiss to each. In the fall, to the dismay of many parents at this small campus, those drop-offs and picks-ups will take place almost a mile away. The Santa Ana Unified School District alerted […]

A victory for charter schools in Los Angeles

(Paul Mirengoff) Charter school backers have won a majority of seats on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District for the first. The story is here, in a Los Angeles Times article. You have to dig it out, though. The TimesShow More Summary

LA School Board Election Is a Major Loss for Teachers’ Unions

After the most expensive school-board election in the nation’s history, the LA Unified School District now has a pro-reform majority after years of unwavering support for teachers’ unions. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) pursued a...Show More Summary

Tustin tidbits

Show teachers appreciation Tustin Public Schools Foundation hosts its 23rd annual event to recognize outstanding Tustin Unified School District teachers Friday, May 19, at Irvine Marriot, 18000 Von Karman Ave. One nominee from each TUSD school is considered for the elementary or secondary Teacher of the Year. This year’s awardees are Elizabeth Catron of Heritage […]

Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within?

As the vote totals trickled in Tuesday night and his opponent conceded defeat, Nick Melvoin grabbed a microphone and told his supporters that, by electing him to the Los Angeles school board, they had “awoken a sleeping giant.” He described himself as “just the conduit,” the person “who was crazy...

Charter backers win their first L.A. school board majority

The Los Angeles Unified School District underwent a dramatic political shift Tuesday night, as the curtain dropped on what has been the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history. The election has been a proxy war between wealthy charter school advocates and public employee unions....

Big Money Wins In L.A.: Billionaires’ Hand-Picked Candidate Nick Melvoin Spent 71 Percent Of The Money To Get 57 Percent Of The School Board Vote

Once Nick Melvoin joins the Los Angeles Unified School District board, he’s going to require all high school civics teachers to add a new lesson plan to their curriculum: “How To Buy An Election.” That’s what happened on Tuesday. Melvoin...Show More Summary

Do Election Results Make Statewide Union Action Less Likely, or More?

Things didn’t go too well yesterday for California’s unions. They lost both Los Angeles Unified School District board seats, giving charter school supporters a majority. As I mentioned yesterday, the board election was to be the first...Show More Summary

Steve Zimmer concedes in L.A. school board race; early returns show a possible power shift

The Los Angeles Unified School District teetered on the edge of a major political shift Tuesday night, as the curtain dropped on what has been the most expensive school board election in the nation’s history. Less than two hours after polls closed, with many ballots left to be counted, the president...

LA School Board Race Is Just the First Step

The obvious view is that today’s election for two Los Angeles Unified School District board seats is the latest battle in the ongoing proxy war over charter schools. It is that, but it’s also the first phase of United Teachers Los Angeles president Alex Caputo-Pearl’s grand design to alter the direction of California politics. Show More Summary

Tustin Unified approves by-area elections of school board members

Changes are coming to the Tustin Unified school board elections beginning in 2018. Trustees on Monday voted 4-1 in favor of a proposal to elect board members by area rather than at-large. Lynn Davis, who is up for re-election in 2018, cast the dissenting vote. Historically, all five members of the school board have been […]

Charter advocates bid for first L.A. school board majority

A pro-charter majority could reshape L.A. Unified forever or become mired in familiar issues, including the rapid growth of charters, which a pro-union majority might be helpless to stop.

Capo Unified votes for provisional appointment to fill vacated board seat

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO – In response to the announcement of Lynn Hatton-Hodson’s resignation, effective June 2, the Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees voted unanimously to make a provisional appointment to fill the vacancy. Hatton-Hodson’s area covers schools in Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita and Coto de Caza. She announced her resignation after more […]

$40 million El Modena High science center is second Measure S project announced by Orange Unified

A $40 million science center is planned at El Modena High School. The building is the  second of four major projects announced by the Orange Unified School District will be funded through Measure S. The announcement comes two weeks after the district revealed plans for a $52 million science center at Orange High School. Similar buildings are expected […]

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