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Ref Rodriguez should go to 'teacher jail' until his case is resolved

To the editor: If safety and protection of students is a top priority for the Los Angeles Unified School District, Board of Education President Ref Rodriguez should immediately recuse himself and join educations in the LAUSD’s “teacher jail” until the felony charges against him are litigated. (“...

Settlement will send $151 million to 50 L.A. schools over the next three years

The Los Angeles Unified School District will pour $151 million into a group of 50 schools to settle a lawsuit over how the school system spends money intended for some of its neediest students. The funds, to be distributed over three years, will go to schools in low-income neighborhoods, mostly...

L.A. school board president faces felony charges over campaign contributions

Los Angeles Unified School Board President Ref Rodriguez was charged on Wednesday with three felony counts of conspiracy, perjury, and procuring and offering a false or forged instrument, among other charges, the result of a months-long investigation by local authorities into donations to his successful...

Orange Unified School District looking for a leader

The Orange Unified School District board is looking at using two part-time retired educators to fill its superintendent spot while the search for a new leader gets under way. The school board will consider agreements to hire two co-interim superintendents for up to $87,510 combined during its 7 p.m. meeting Thursday. If the agreements are […]

L.A. Unified settles lawsuits with teacher Rafe Esquith

Rafe Esquith may have been America’s most famous teacher — even, some said, its best — when the Los Angeles Unified School District fired him in 2015. The three lawsuits prompted by that dismissal were put aside as the two sides settled and issued a brief joint statement Wednesday morning. Esquith,...

Brea Olinda Unified School Board appoints educator to fill vacated seat

A board seat vacant for more than a month with the Brea Olinda Unified School District has been filed with a former educator. After interviewing eight residents interested in serving on the school board, trustees appointed Steve Sewell during a special meeting on Sept. 7. “We had a lot of really good candidates to choose […]

Girls say high school dress code is sexist: 'School is telling us female bodies are distracting, and it’s wrong'

Some local high school students are challenging Burbank Unified’s dress code, saying it is sexist against girls, and they are planning to survey parents, teachers and students on how to amend the policy. Eight students from Burroughs and Burbank high schools shared their personal experiences dealing...

New Santa Ana Unified School District resolution supports DACA — one board member dissents

SANTA ANA – With one trustee opposing, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education on Tuesday, Sept. 12, passed a resolution supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that the Trump administration announced will be rescinded. The resolution urges President Donald Trump and Congress to continue the program providing young immigrants a […]

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High school students challenge dress code, call for updated policy

Some local high school students are challenging Burbank Unified’s dress-code policy, saying it is sexist against girls, and they are planning to survey parents, teachers and students on how to amend the policy. Eight students from Burroughs and Burbank high schools shared their personal experiences...

L.A. Unified announces highest-ever graduation rate, again

The Los Angeles Unified School District appears to have once again broken its all-time record, reporting a preliminary graduation rate of 80.2% for the class of 2017. That’s up 3 percentage points from the year before, part of a rapid uphill climb. From 2015 to 2016, the graduate rate rose 5 percentage...

High school students are graduating, but are they ready for what's next?

High school students in L.A. Unified are graduating at higher rates than ever before. But it’s too early to know whether these students will go on to complete higher-level education or succeed in the job market. Now one of the school board’s new members wants to try to answer these questions by...

This Wisconsin School District Is Asking The Supreme Court To Turn Its Back On Trans Kids

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The Kenosha Unified School District claims it's a "matter of national importance."

Costa Mesa council scraps field project at Jack Hammett; agrees to partner with Newport-Mesa for field upgrades

Citing a change in use at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex, an initiative to install artificial turf on two of its fields will be scrapped, and the City of Costa Mesa will negotiate with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for possible improvements to sports fields at two elementary schools to increase the number of playable hours. […]

Rim of the World Unified employees mock-lynched black baby doll in office

Rim of the World Unified School District employees hanged a black baby doll by the neck on a public bulletin board, removing it only after a parent complained to district officials

Mission Viejo’s Judy Bullockus ready to represent on Capistrano Unified board

Mission Viejo resident Judy Bullockus was selected by the Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees to fill a vacant seat left by former trustee Lynn Hatton-Hodson on May 23. In her role as trustee, Bullockus will represent the cities of Mission Viejo and Rancho Santa Margarita, as well as the unincorporated area of Coto […]

Monthly walks will invite residents to ask questions about Burbank Unified

When Steve Ferguson, president of the Burbank Unified school board, began participating in local politics as a teenager in 2005, he remembers joining then Mayor Marsha Ramos on walks she led along the Chandler Bike Path. The scheduled walks were a way for city officials to meet local residents...

Many L.A. students get to college; only a few finish

A study released Wednesday put an exclamation point on something that Los Angeles Unified School District officials already have acknowledged: too few of their graduates — about one in four — are earning a college degree. The latest data points from two studies, by UCLA and Claremont Graduate University...

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