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Canyons celebrate grand opening of new library at old Silverado school site

SILVERADO Nearly a decade after the Orange Unified School District shut down Silverado Elementary School, residents in the canyons can rest assured that the site will continue to provide education for the community. Parents, children and officials recently converged at the former school site to celebrate the grand opening of the Library of the Canyons, […]

Aliso Niguel student to serve as student adviser on Capo Unified school board

Aliso Niguel High School student Max Eunice has been selected to serve as student adviser on the 2017-18 Capistrano Unified School District board of trustees. Eunice, 17, said he has always been “fascinated” with the school district and felt it was the next appropriate move after serving as ASB president during the 2016-17 school year. […]

Laguna Art Museum showcases student art

For the second consecutive summer, the Laguna Art Museum’s Segerstrom Gallery has displayed the work of elementary, junior high and high school students from the Laguna Beach Unified School District. This year’s exhibition, “The Road Not Taken,” includes a variety of 2D and 3D paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures and film. Hosted by the museum’s education […]

Senior L.A. Unified official tapped to lead Inglewood schools

The state has picked a senior Los Angeles schools administrator, Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, to lead the troubled Inglewood Unified School District. The Inglewood school system, which is located just east of Los Angeles International Airport, has long struggled with low academic achievement and...

Many with knife shot by school police near Esperanza Elementary, authorities say

Los Angeles Unified School District police officers shot and wounded a man holding a knife early Saturday morning near Esperanza Elementary School in Westlake, authorities said. The shooting occurred at 2:45 a.m. in the 600 block of South Union Avenue, said Lt. Chris Ramirez of the Los Angeles...

Burbank Unified renews transportation services contract with First Student, Inc.

The Burbank Unified School District renewed its transportation-services contract with its longtime school-bus provider for another three years during a school board meeting Thursday. The district issued a bid to hear from other transportation-service providers, but school officials ultimately agreed...

Santa Ana Unified’s paid ‘ghost teachers’

Santa Ana Unified taxpayers pay elementary school teacher Barbara Pearson more than $140,000 per year plus benefits. But Pearson doesn’t teach. Documents obtained by California Policy Center show she works full time as president of the union representing the district’s teachers. It’s called “union release time.” Critics have a different term for public employees who […]

Another jolt for L.A. schools as civic group seeks a role in fixing school district

The Los Angeles Unified School District, which just two months ago saw a pro-charter school majority elected to the Board of Education for the first time, is about to get another jolt. Philanthropist and former investment banker Austin Beutner has assembled an advisory panel to work with Los Angeles...

Renovations begin for Irvine schools with $319 million bond money

IRVINE Some elementary school students will notice upgrades to their classroom when they return to school next month. Renovations have begun at six of the 28 aging Irvine Unified School District schools that will be upgraded with a $319 million bond voters passed last year. The district plans to receive the money in four parts […]

Negotiations between Capo Unified district and union reach an impasse

After 16 bargaining sessions, the Capistrano Unified School District and teacher’s union have been unable to agree on a new contract. The district on July 1 announced negotiations had reached an impasse. In a statement, Capo Unified spokesman Ryan Burris said the district will continue to negotiate with the union in the coming weeks. “To […]

L.A. deserves a school board of adequately compensated members

To the editor: My late husband, George Kiriyama, served on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education from 1995 to 1999. He and his colleagues were paid $18,000 annually. (“Hold your outrage — the LAUSD board deserves a big raise,” editorial, July 12) I was in adult education, where...

School board members will get a 174% raise. What about LAUSD teachers?

To the editor: While I appreciate the importance of providing a raise to Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education members because they have not seen an increase in years, what I do take umbrage with is not only the incredible jump in some of the salaries, but also some of the reasoning...

Tustin Unified OKs district map that could pit incumbents against each other

  Tustin Unified School District board members have unanimously approved a by-trustee map that could pit two of them against one another in 2020. Starting in the 2018 election, board members will run within precincts according to their home addresses rather than district-wide. Trustees on Monday, July 10, reviewed four potential maps labeled cranberry, green, […]

Failed a class? A guide to credit recovery in L.A. schools

An explainer on L.A. Unified's credit recovery programs, which allow students who failed classes to make up the grade quickly

Finally, Los Angeles has a pro-student school board

To the editor: Ref Rodriguez, the new charter-friendly president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, gets it. United Teachers Los Angeles, the teachers union that opposed the new board members in the last election, does not. (“A new era begins as pro-charter majority...

Approved L.A. Unified settlement would send money to district's neediest schools

The Los Angeles school board has authorized a lawsuit settlement that would send more money to the district’s neediest schools over the next three years for resources to improve African American and Latino student achievement. Community Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy group, filed a complaint with...

Tustin Unified’s by-precinct map proposals raise questions about ‘gerrymandering”

Next week, Tustin Unified School District will undergo a major change when board members select a by-trustee map to replace at-large elections. In two of the four proposed maps, all five current trustees live in different precincts — a detail that has raised some eyebrows. Scattered complaints of “gerrymandering” have popped up in Facebook posts, […]

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