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Ex-schools chief Deasy's next step: build alternative juvenile prisons

John Deasy, the controversial former superintendent who led the Los Angeles Unified School District for three-and-a-half turbulent years, is embarking on a new venture that could prove just as challenging: keeping juvenile offenders from returning to jail.  Deasy wants to do that by opening alternative...

How the relationship between L.A. Unified and charter schools is 'like a middle school dance'

For years, parents in the nation’s second largest school district have faced disarray when trying to find the best place for their kids to learn. There are about 10 types of public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, many with their own admissions processes and schedules. To address...

Facing suit over treatment of transgender student, school district says it is following the law

Kenosha Unified in Wisconsin says it is confident its schools are doing nothing illegal, adding that some of the suit’s allegations are “patently false.”

Charter school and union unite on wanting L.A. Unified to pay retiree benefits for charter teachers

The local teachers union has made rare common cause with a charter school: They are pressing to have the Los Angeles school district — not the charter — pay for costly retiree benefits that are due to teachers who worked at the charter.  A formal grievance against L.A. Unified, filed recently by...

Former L.A. Unified teacher Rafe Esquith can continue with his lawsuit, judge rules

A popular former Los Angeles Unified teacher who was investigated and fired after allegations of inappropriate behavior will be allowed to continue his defamation lawsuit against the school district, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Rafe Esquith, a longtime teacher at Hobart...

Football: Board approves replacement of turf field at Corona Centennial

The Board of Education for the Corona-Norco Unified School District gave approval on Tuesday night for Corona Centennial High School to replace its all-weather turf field. The cost will be $178,766, according to Andrew Sterner, administrative director for the district's support services. He said...

Meet the new L.A. Unified student board member

It's hard to be an effective politician when your vote doesn't even count. Karen Calderon has a plan for that. The newest Los Angeles Unified School District student board member - elected by other high school student leaders in the district - will have a voice at school board meetings. At 16,...

If L.A. OKs a $1.2-billion bond for homeless initiatives, the city will need to up its real estate game

Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles County’s transit agency embarked on a huge construction initiative aimed at adding new subway lines, freeway lanes and light rail routes. Before that, the Los Angeles Unified School District took on a massive plan for building dozens of elementary, middle and...

L.A. will need to create a 'housing machine' as part of homeless bond measure, official says

Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles County’s transit agency embarked on a huge construction initiative aimed at adding new subway lines, freeway lanes and light rail routes. Before that, the Los Angeles Unified School District took on a massive plan for building dozens of elementary, middle and...

L.A. Unified school board reelects Steve Zimmer as president

Steve Zimmer will serve a second year as the Los Angeles Board of Education’s president after the panel voted 7-0 Wednesday to keep him in office. The president has no greater authority than the other six elected board members, but can assert considerable influence. The president often serves as...

'Wanding' for weapons at Los Angeles public schools

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For 23 years after L.A. schools started conducting random weapons checks on students, not a single parent complained, according to leaders at the Los Angeles Unified School District. The policy was instituted after a gun brought to school in 1993 by a 15-year-old accidentally discharged, killing...

Wisconsin Public School District Puts Developmentally Delayed 3-Year-Olds in a Christian Program

For three-year-olds with developmental delays, the Beaver Dam Unified School District in Wisconsin has a program in which those kids are sent to a private preschool. It's a way to give those kids the attention and help they need.But when one mother was told about the program, she was directed to St. Show More Summary

Three things to know about how L.A. schools are using your money

On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Unified School District approved $7.6 billion in spending for the upcoming fiscal year. But where does that money go, and who decides how to spend it? Here are a few things to know about the 2016-17 budget. 1. Most of the money goes to salaries and benefits Most of the...

In the search for better graduation rates, schools are fudging the numbers

In 2014, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced a spectacular improvement in its graduation rate: Fully 77% of students who had come in as 9th graders four years earlier were now going to graduate as seniors. But there was a bit of a trick behind the number: It included only students...

Fund set up to raise money for L.A. Unified merges with group starting two charter schools

Two organizations set up to work within the traditional public school system are moving away from their original mission — and from the Los Angeles Unified School District — in the name of better helping students. The governing boards of the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education and the group LA’s...

Parents and principals will weigh in on charter placements at L.A. school campuses

Families and schools in L.A. Unified could get more of a say in the way the district allocates space to charter schools, thanks to a committee the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to create Tuesday. The school board directed the superintendent to form a group that will suggest ways...

Are the LAUSD's online makeup courses devaluing its diplomas?

To the editor: The Los Angeles Unified School District’s online credit-recovery courses for students who fail classes and are in danger of not graduating deserve more scrutiny. (“What’s really in LAUSD’s online credit recovery courses?” editorial, June 19) As a high school teacher, I feel that...

Traditional L.A. Unified schools and charter schools need to learn to share

The tension between charter schools and traditional Los Angeles Unified schools has never been higher. The district is in bad financial straits as a result of lower enrollment, while a new philanthropic group calling itself the Great Public Schools Initiative has plans to fund more charter schools,...

Verna B. Dauterive dies at 93; longtime L.A. Unified principal and honorary USC trustee

Verna B. Dauterive, a USC donor and longtime Los Angeles Unified School District principal, died June 1 of natural causes. She was 93. Dauterive was hired by L.A. schools in 1943, one of only four black teachers in the district at the time. Four decades later, Dauterive and her husband, Peter,...

School Support Workers Bounce SEIU, Join Independent Local

A group of about 500 education support employees in the Poway Unified School District in southern California ended their 28-year relationship with SEIU and voted to join the independent Poway School Employees Association, which already represents 1,500 other classified employees in the district. Show More Summary

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