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LAUSD robocalls: A lesson in how to confuse and infuriate parents

I am the parent of a Los Angeles Unified School District student, and I get robocalls from the district probably two times a week. These are not calls from my son’s elementary school. These are recorded messages from various district officials, informing me of some meeting or workshop or that parents...

AM News: LA Unified Explores Becoming "Charter District"

L.A. Unified explores possibility of becoming an all-charter district LA Times: On Tuesday, a board committee reviewed a report that outlines the process for becoming an entirely charter school district. Board members said the goal was primarily to identify how the district could benefit from the same flexibility currently provided to charters. Show More Summary

L.A. Unified explores possibility of becoming an all-charter district

Converting the nation’s second-largest school system into an all-charter district is a long-shot—one that requires state approval and support from a majority of teachers. But members of the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education said they were exploring all options -- even those that are unlikely...

How to solve the LAUSD puzzle

The Los Angeles Unified School District is seeking a new superintendent, who will oversee a system with a $12.6-billion budget, 650,000 students, 90,000 employees and many challenges. Below, education experts, parents, teachers, students and others discuss what the district's priorities should...

Pop quiz: What's wrong with L.A. Unified's leadership? Answer: Just about everything

The more you hear about attempts to improve the nation's schools, the sorrier you have to feel for the kids. After years of "No Child Left Behind" and "Race to the Top" initiatives, national test scores dived deeper into failure and mediocrity in the last reading. In a stunning reversal, the Obama...

A school superintendent with a vision? These Angelenos say no thanks

Some parents and teachers in South L.A. don’t want a Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent who has a preconceived plan before starting the job. “We are tired of people who come to our community and say, ‘I have a vision about your community,’ ” said Martha Sanchez, a parent and community...

WATCH: Lesbian Teacher Sues Los Angeles School District for Discrimination

Teacher Cathy Figel is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District for discriminating against her because she's a lesbian, reports Los Angeles TV station KCAL. She is suing for $12 million. Figel retired this year after teaching physical education at Marina del Rey Middle School for 13 years. Show More Summary

L.A. Unified wants to know if students' families are in the military

The Los Angeles school system is taking steps this week to better determine whether students in military families need special help. Those students, officials say, could be at a higher risk for stress, behavioral problems and other issues that could be addressed at school. Over the summer, L.A....

Charter school expansion could reshape L.A. Unified, officials say

A massive expansion of charter schools could change the fate of Los Angeles families who have suffered from inferior schools for generations, according to a top official from the Broad Foundation, which is spearheading the proposal. In the first public discussion involving the foundation's efforts,...

Report cards ranking arts education in LAUSD now available in Spanish

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

Today the Los Angeles Times and Hoy are re-releasing our database detailing the quality of arts education at L.A. Unified schools, this time in Spanish. At you can find report cards for more than 700 L.A. Unified schools based on a first-of-its-kind survey...

Art Lessons

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

California's Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District has banned any depictions of religious leaders. The move came after a parent complained about a seventh-grade lesson on the rise of Islam in which students were encouraged to draw images related to words such as "Quran," "Mecca" and "Muhammad."

Santa Monica-Malibu school district alleges vandalism in hunt for cancer-causing material

Two people reportedly entered Juan Cabrillo Elementary and Malibu High schools last month in a search for materials they thought could contain cancer-causing chemicals. Now, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has asked authorities to investigate allegations of trespassing and vandalism...

LAUSD's 'restorative justice' discipline policy disempowers teachers

To the editor: The article on the Los Angeles Unified School District's new discipline policy, which focuses more on “restorative justice” and less on punishment, goes to the core of why public education has so deteriorated. ("Why some LAUSD teachers are balking at a new approach to discipline...

In leading LAUSD, big goals are no substitute for planning and hard work

In school superintendent searches across the nation, parents, teachers and the public tend to rank educational “vision” as the No. 1 attribute required for a new leader. But in online surveys and focus groups in Los Angeles Unified, vision came in at a weak ninth, according to the executive search...

Lower enrollment, employee benefits contributing to L.A. Unified's projected deficit

Declining enrollment along with the cost of providing employee benefits and special education services for students are among the key drivers contributing to a projected long-term deficit at the Los Angeles Unified School District, according to an independent financial review panel. The eight-member...

Seeking a superhero? L.A. school board gets advice on next superintendent

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

The people have spoken about what they want in a new superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District, and the hunt for Superman or Superwoman is on. The official verdict is that Los Angeles' students, parents, district staff, clergy and others, want a “politically savvy and experienced...

It's time to stop the whining about charter schools

Whining about charter schools won't make them go away. Yet Los Angeles Unified board member Scott Schmerelson is proposing the equivalent of that with a resolution that comes before the board Tuesday taking a symbolic position against a plan to roughly double the number of charter schools in the...

L.A. Unified will not consider new contract for lawyer who said teen shared blame for sexual abuse

The Los Angeles Unified School District's on-again off-again relationship with an outside attorney lambasted for his remarks in a student sexual abuse case appears decisively off -- at least for the next five years. The Board of Education is set to approve new contracts for outside law firms Tuesday,...

Los Angeles Teachers: Fewer Suspensions Mean More Unruly Students

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Teachers in the nation's second largest school district say a new policy aimed at reducing suspensions is also having another effect: More unruly students in their classrooms. Los Angeles Unified School District was...Show More Summary

Autistic Student Sues School District Over Drug Sting Entrapment, Judge Dismisses Case

2 weeks agoNews : Reason

Since being arrested nearly three years ago for buying a half of a joint of pot for an undercover police officer, Jesse Snodgrass and his parents have been waging a legal and public relations battle with the Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) in Riverside County, California. Show More Summary

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