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Under the leaking roofs of Los Angeles Unified schools

11 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

Gym roofs leaked. Water dripped onto an auditorium stage. Storm drains clogged.  Los Angeles Unified schools made 176 rain-related service requests on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, after the latest El Niño rains soaked Southern California. By Friday, the district’s backlog had grown to 1,167 unresolved rain-related...

Condom-Nation Hits Middle Schools

The San Francisco Unified School District’s board is poised to expand its Condom Availability Program for high school students into middle schools. The school district no longer offers Algebra I

Unified Communications, Same as It Ever Was

Unified communications continues to be IT’s version of the high school student who yearns to sit at the cool kids’ table but never quite makes it.

Boys Wear Dresses After California High School Refuses to Change Dress Code: WATCH

5 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

Boys wore dresses and girls wore men’s collared shirts to school this week at Buchanan High School this week in Clovis, California after the Clovis Unified School District trustees ignored recommendations and held on to a restrictive dress code… Read The post Boys Wear Dresses After California High School Refuses to Change Dress Code: WATCH appeared first on Towleroad.

How local schools can help immigrants become U.S. citizens

To the editor: The article on the White House's Task Force on New Americans does not mention the public school system, in particular the L.A. Unified School District, where I have been teaching English language classes for 30 years. ("Obama administration is starting in L.A. to help immigrants...

The Seventy Four, founded by controversial advocate, takes over LA School Report

The Seventy Four, an organization whose co-founder is a controversial education advocate, has taken over LA School Report, a website that has focused on covering the Los Angeles Unified School District. The name is a reference to 74 million students attending public schools in the United States....

Rain and heavy winds cause power outages at some L.A. schools

Four Los Angeles Unified School District campuses were open Monday despite power outages after rain walloped the city Sunday and strong winds continued through the morning. The schools affected are South Gate High School, Canyon Charter School, Mid-City's Prescott School of Enriched Sciences and...

San Francisco might give condoms to middle school students

San Francisco's public school leaders are considering distributing condoms at middle schools. The San Francisco Examiner reports  Monday that the policy change was introduced as part of an overall effort by the San Francisco Unified School District to further prevent sexually transmitted diseases...

From L.A. Unified teacher to superintendent: Who is the real Michelle King?

At the announcement that Michelle King had been promoted from deputy superintendent to the top leadership position at the huge and troubled Los Angeles Unified School District, the small throng gathered at district headquarters rose to its feet in applause. The applause was a "Survivor"-like salute...

Michelle King bio

Age: 54 Education: Palisades High School in L.A. Unified (1979); bachelor of science in biology, UCLA (1984); Pepperdine University; master of science in administration and preliminary administrative credential, Pepperdine (1992); professional administrative credential, National University (1999);...

He brokered deals for an empire of California charter schools -- and now faces a felony charge

By the time Steve Van Zant left the Mountain Empire Unified School District in 2013, he had overseen the authorization of more than a dozen charter schools to operate in other districts throughout San Diego County — with several going on to hire his education consulting firm. All the while, Van...

What's wrong with single-sex schools? A lot.

In her first days on the job, L.A. Unified's new superintendent, Michelle King, suggested that single-sex education might attract more families to the district and improve student achievement. She wouldn't be the first district leader to vest hope — not to mention public funds — in all-boys and...

Incentive pay to keep Newport-Mesa Unified official from retiring has topped $273,000

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has paid $273,591 into a separate retirement account for its deputy superintendent and chief business official as an incentive to delay his retirement. The fund for Paul Reed was created "in recognition of the board's desire that the deputy superintendent...

Angelenos welcome their new schools superintendent -- with some reservations

We asked Angelenos what they thought of the choice of Michelle King as the new superintendent for Los Angeles Unified, the nation's second largest school district. Readers responded favorably to her deep connection to the district; King, 54, was educated in local schools, has spent her entire career...

Fixing LAUSD requires addressing child poverty first

To the editor: Judging by this editorial, it is apparent that neither The Times nor new Supt. Michelle King knows what the Los Angeles Unified School District needs now. ("What new L.A. schools chief Michelle King needs to do now," editorial, Jan. 15) The biggest problem is poverty, a problem shared...

A better charter-school initiative

The controversial Eli Broad-backed initiative that was designed to double charter-school attendance in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been shape-shifting ever since an early draft was leaked months ago. The goal of enrolling half of the district’s students in charter schools within...

What new L.A. schools chief Michelle King needs to do now

Though she has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for 38 years, Michelle King hasn't had many opportunities to voice a public opinion about its schools, or to lead them in new directions. As a high-ranking administrator — the second-in-command under the two previous superintendents...

Charter school group sues LAUSD over construction money

3 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

A state group that advocates for charter schools is suing the Los Angeles Unified School District, claiming that millions of dollars intended for construction projects have been stripped away without public oversight or accountability. The California Charter Schools Assn. filed a lawsuit against...

See how LAUSD has wavered between picking leaders from the outside and within

One of the most salient headlines about the hiring of Michelle King as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District is that she's an insider -- a district stalwart who worked her way up the LAUSD ladder over a span of 30 years -- and not someone with a glitzy national name, such...

Michelle King Becomes First Black Female Lead For L.A. School District

For months, a high-profile head-hunting firm searched the nation for a new superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. On Monday evening, the Board of Education gave the job to a candidate who was part of the district all along: Chief Deputy Supt. Show More Summary

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