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Pro-charter school group spent $2.4 million to get a guy elected to a local school board

Political Action Committees (PACs) spent exorbitantly on a local school board election in Los Angeles, Education Week reported. PACs spent $4.7 million to influence the Los Angeles Unified School Board election that was considered to be a showdown between union-backed candidates and pro-charter supporters, according to Education Week. Show More Summary

Back to work at L.A. Unified

Voters — few though they were — sent some strong messages to the Los Angeles Unified school board Tuesday. That two incumbents were voted out showed justified unhappiness with the current board. People are still mad about the badly mishandled plan to purchase iPads for every student in the district....

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

Polls open: L.A. voters to decide one council, three school races

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for L.A. voters to decide who will fill three seats on the Los Angeles Unified school board and one closely contested spot on the City Council.

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

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 weeks 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.

L.A. Unified extends contract of Supt. Ramon Cortines

The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend the contract of schools Supt Ramon C. Cortines for a year, through June 2016.

LAUSD shouldn't lower the bar for struggling students

2 weeks 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 […]

L.A. Unified teachers ratify three-year contract

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

An overwhelming majority of teachers union members voted to ratify a three-year contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the union announced Friday.

State auditor finds improvement in embattled charter school chain

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

A California state audit has found that a charter school organization accused of financial mismanagement by the Los Angeles Unified School District has improved its bottom line but still needs stronger controls over spending.

OneNote Class Notebooks have redefined the instruction at my school

I’ve seen “Send to OneNote” as a print option for over a decade. But until just over a year ago, it meant nothing to me. That is when the school board approved funding for the Manteca Unified School District (MUSD) Going Digital initiative, a year-long process of taking our District 1-to-1. Show More Summary

Arizona Bus Driver Who Trapped Students On Bus Resigns

An Arizona bus driver, who trapped a group of elementary students on a bus, has resigned. According to CBS News the driver from the Dysart Unified School District allegedly locked the kids inside of the bus because they were being too loud and misbehaving. Show More Summary

L.A. Unified will investigate food-service contracts at PUC charters

L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon C. Cortines has asked for a district review of food service contracts at one of the region's largest charter school organizations.

LAUSD coaches work for less than minimum wage, panel hears

After hearing an overview of the state of athletic programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District, audience members at a presentation to a Board of Education panel didn't know whether to laugh or cry.

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