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Give LAUSD teacher Rafe Esquith a break

4 days agoHealth : Booster Shots

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

Popular teacher Rafe Esquith says L.A. Unified is overreacting to a joke

From his modest classroom at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School in Koreatown, Rafe Esquith became an education superstar. His teaching techniques brought him world-wide recognition, and his books became models for how to engage young students.

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.

BBC Series ‘Dickensian’ Mashes Up Charles Dickens Characters

A unified Charles Dickens universe is coming to TV. TV and movie adaptations of classic novels were once the easiest way to cheat on reading a book in high school. Wikipedia pretty much changed that, but I like to hope there are still...Show More Summary

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...

L.A. Unified's ill-advised axing of successful preschool program

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To the editor: Although The Times published nice photos of children in a School Readiness Language Development Program at Dorris Place Elementary School, the message about the dim future of this quality Los Angeles Unified School District program was buried in the middle of the article. ("Programs...

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

last monthHealth : Booster Shots

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...

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