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  • LAUSD loses molestation coverage in new insurance policies

    06/29/2013 7:48:04 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 6/29/13 | Barbara Jones
    Facing multimillion dollar sex-abuse settlements, Los Angeles Unified signed contracts Friday to buy five liability insurance policies for the next fiscal year starting Monday, but was unable to get coverage for molestation, officials said. The premiums total $2.2 million -- about $1 million less than LAUSD paid this year -- but exclude coverage for molestation, a spokesman said. .. Details of the policies, including the names of the carriers and the total amount of coverage, were unavailable. ... It also has offered to pay $17 million to settle 40 additional claims, .. The district had been counting on insurance to...
  • LAUSD 'jails' fill with teachers as misconduct complaints rise

    11/28/2012 8:28:57 AM PST · by Beaten Valve · 6 replies
    Daily News ^ | Nov 28, 2012 | Barbara Jones
    They call it "teacher jail" - the administrative offices where nearly 300 Los Angeles Unified educators accused of misconduct spend months on end reading, blogging or texting. The cost is enormous: $1.4 million a month in salaries while district and law-enforcement investigations proceed, and $865,000 to hire substitutes to fulfill their classroom duties. Los Angeles Unified officials insist the cost is worth it - the price the district has to pay for years of downplaying or ignoring suspected abuse. That practice exploded into a major scandal in February with revelations of longtime patterns of misconduct by teachers at Telfair Elementary...
  • ‘No One Left To Lay Off’: LAUSD ‘Doomsday’ Scenario Looms

    10/03/2012 2:18:47 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | October 3, 2012 10:31 AM | John Brooks
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District on Wednesday warned of more layoffs and a shortened school year if voters reject the proposed tax increases on Election Day. KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports that while school staff is prohibited by law from arguing for or against ballot measures, that hasn’t stopped them from describing a so-called “doomsday” scenario for the district. In a carefully worded briefing to the school board’s Budget Committee on Tuesday, Chief Financial Officer Megan Reilly predicted major layoffs and program cuts without the much-needed cash infusion from Propositions 30 or 38....
  • Planned Parenthood Sets Up Shop At Roosevelt High To Reduce Teen Pregnancies

    06/06/2012 7:48:34 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    CBS ^ | 6/6/2012 | CBS
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Planned Parenthood and the Los Angeles Unified School District have teamed up in an unusual collaboration to reduce the number of unplanned teen pregnancies at Roosevelt High School. Students can visit the on-campus health clinic to get free birth control, pregnancy tests, counseling and screening for sexually transmitted diseases – the first program of its kind in the country, according to the Los Angeles Times. Birth rates among teenagers are down throughout California and Los Angeles County, but certain areas within the county, like the heavily Latino and low-income neighborhood around Roosevelt High School, buck that...
  • Schools chief announces entire Miramonte staff to be replaced (these perverts deserve to be shot)

    02/06/2012 9:48:32 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 2 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/6/2012 | Mark Berndt
    A mother and child walk past Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in front of Miramonte Elementary, where an accused teacher is alleged to have given gifts to a student A public meeting called by L.A. school officials to discuss the arrest of two teachers accused of abusing students at a South Los Angeles elementary school turned ugly as angry parents accused the district of a cover-up.
  • Lawyer: Teacher brought kids from other classes for 'tasting games'

    02/03/2012 1:24:00 PM PST · by ColdOne · 45 replies
    L.A. times.com ^ | 2/3/12 | Alan Zarembo and Howard Blume
    An attorney representing a student at Miramonte Elementary School said Friday children were pulled from after-school programs and other teachers' classes to take part in "tasting games" at the center of lewd conduct charges against fired teacher Mark Berndt. In these games, children were photographed while blindfolded and asked to taste a liquid that police now believe to be the semen Berndt, who was arrested Monday. Attorney Brian E. Claypool said his client was 9 when her photograph was taken by Berndt, although she was not his student. FULL COVERAGE: Mark Berndt Claypool said Berndt had two ways of getting...
  • [L.A.] Schools chief Deasy: Teachers accused of abuse should lose pay

    02/03/2012 12:12:56 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 21 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | Feb. 3, 2012 | Staff
    L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy has called for changes to laws that protect the rights of teachers accused of heinous acts, saying they should be subject to faster dismissal and the loss of pay, benefits and pensions. Deasy made his comments on KNX-AM (1070) radio in response to reports by The Times that a former teacher charged with lewd conduct with nearly two dozen students receives lifetime health benefits from the L.A. Unified School District and a pension of nearly $4,000 a month from the state teachers’ retirement system.
  • L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students [Meals Rejected "En Masse"!]

    12/17/2011 8:33:29 PM PST · by Steelfish · 102 replies
    LATimes ^ | December 17, 2011 | Teresa Watanabe,
    L.A. Schools' Healthful Lunch Menu Panned By Students For many students, Los Angeles Unified's introduction of healthful lunches — part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems — has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised. By Teresa Watanabe December 17, 2011 It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even...
  • As California mandate looms, some LGBT curriculum already in place

    12/10/2011 9:31:09 AM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | Saturday, December 10, 2011 | Debra Goldschmidt
    California schools must meet a January deadline to include LGBT history in their curricula. In 10th grade English at Los Angeles’ Grover Cleveland High School, Danielle Taklender's students read the book "Luna" by Julie Anne Peters. It's a story about a transgender teen. Taklender has been teaching the book for seven years without any fanfare or push back. It’s getting noticed now as her school district takes the lead in developing a plan to comply with the first state law mandating lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history and social science curricula. The California law, which takes effect in January, stops...
  • 'Zionist Jews...need to be run out of the country' teacher fired by LAUSD

    10/19/2011 8:43:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/19/11 | Thomas Lifson
    Patricia McAllister, who leapt to fame for her proud and succinctly expressed (18 second video here) Jew hatred at OWS Los Angeles, has been fired by the Los Angeles Unified School District. (snip) We can expect more from the Jew haters, to the effect that this incident proves the Jews pull the strings. But will the ACLU or other purported free speech advocates make an issue of Ms. McAllister? My guess is not.
  • Teacher who allegedly made anti-Semitic remarks fired - Los Angeles

    10/18/2011 5:17:35 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 53 replies
    LA Times ^ | October, 18, 2011 | Rick Rojas
    Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy condemned the alleged anti-Semitic remarks by a district employee taking part in the Occupy Los Angeles protest and said she would no longer work for the school system. In a video that gained traction in the conservative blogosphere, Patricia McAllister, a substitute teacher for L.A. Unified, said that Jews run the nation's banking infrastructure and should be forced from the U.S. "I think that the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government -- they need to be run out of this...
  • Teachers join Occupy L.A. movement with march

    10/18/2011 12:50:06 PM PDT · by kingu · 24 replies
    KABC TV Los Angeles ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Subha Ravindhran and Robert Holguin
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A strong showing is expected in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, as more people join the sweeping movement sparked by Occupy Wall Street protesters. Demonstrators with the Occupy L.A. group have been living in tents outside of City Hall for about two weeks protesting against what they call corporate greed. On Tuesday, the teacher's union will join Occupy L.A. in a march to LAUSD headquarters where the school board will be meeting. They are looking to start a second occupation site to protest teacher layoffs. The union wants the district to re-hire the 1,200 teachers...
  • Los Angeles USD Employee Hurls Anti Semitic Remarks

    A woman named Patricia McAllister who identified herself as a Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employee was interviewed by Reason TV at one of the Occupy Protests occurring around the country. During the interview McAllister states “the Zionist Jews who are running these big banks and the Federal Reserve, which is not run by the Federal Government, they need to be run out of this country.” The question is; how will LAUSD respond to Patricia McAllister’s remarks? A Google search of fired for being Tea Party member returned nearly 13 million hits. An assistant district attorney was fired in...
  • OccupyLA Protester: ‘Zionist Jews’ Who Run Banks Should Be ‘Run Out of This Country’

    10/15/2011 12:32:00 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 15, 2011 | Staff
    Here’s one of the protesters Reason.tv spoke to at Occupy Wall Street in Los Angeles on October 12, 2011. She identifies herself as Patricia McAllister and as an employee of Los Angeles Unified School District. “I think that the Zionist Jews, who are running these big banks and our Federal Reserve, which is not run by the federal government… they need to be run out of this country,” she said.
  • Jerry Brown signs school safety law prompted by abortion protest

    08/04/2011 2:20:31 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 25 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | August 3, 2011 1:13 pm | Unattributed
    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed into law a measure ... addressing controversy over an anti-abortion demonstration. Assemblyman Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia) said he wrote the measure in response to a March 2003 incident in which graphic images of an aborted fetus were mounted on a vehicle and driven past a middle school in Rancho Palos Verdes. "Because of the disturbing nature of the photographs, some students at the scene became angry, some began to cry...’’ Mendoza said. The bill was signed three years after a federal court found that the 1st Amendment rights of anti-abortion activists were violated when they...
  • Los Angeles gives up on homework

    06/27/2011 8:13:40 AM PDT · by van_erwin · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 27, 2011 | Howard Blume
    Vanessa Perez was a homework scofflaw. The Marshall High School senior didn't finish all of it — largely because she worked 24 hours a week at a Subway sandwich shop. Alvaro Ramirez, a junior at the Santee Education Complex, doesn't have his own room and his mother baby-sits young children at night. "They're always there and they're always loud," he said, explaining his challenges with homework. The nation's second-largest school system has decided to give students like these a break. A new policy decrees that homework can count for only 10% of a student's grade. Critics — mostly teachers —...
  • 'Unhealthy' corn dogs, chicken nuggets out, sushi in at L.A. schools

    06/16/2011 2:56:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 86 replies
    L.A. Times Blogs ^ | June 15, 2011 | Mary MacVean
    The L.A. school board's decision to stop serving flavored milks on campuses is just the beginning. A menu overhaul is underway that will mean fewer meals that resemble fast food and more vegetarian offerings. Spinach tortellini in butternut squash sauce and California sushi rolls, along with many ethnic foods, are to be added. Corn dogs, chicken nuggets and other breaded items are out, said Dennis Barrett, food services director. Megan Bomba, a project coordinator with Occidental College's Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, agreed with the move, saying "the meal needs to be better, not [that] we need to keep chocolate...
  • LAUSD shortens school day for teacher protest

    05/04/2011 5:25:18 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 4, 2011 | By Jason Song
    The Los Angeles school district will hold a shortened day of classes on May 13 to accommodate a planned teachers union protest without interrupting standardized testing on most campuses. Dismissal time will vary from school to school but could be up to several hours earlier than normal. Schools will be required to make up the lost time from the shortened day later in the year, according to Los Angeles Unified School District officials. The teachers' demonstration is aimed at encouraging state legislators to place tax extensions on the fall ballot to provide continued funding to school districts. L.A. Unified faces...
  • LAUSD to remove chocolate, strawberry milk from schools, superintendent says

    04/28/2011 10:00:16 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4/28/11 | Howard Blume
    Los Angeles schools will remove high-sugar chocolate- and strawberry-flavored milk from their lunch and breakfast menus after food activists campaigned for the change, L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy announced this week. Deasy revealed his intent, which will require approval by the Los Angeles Unified Board of Education, during an appearance with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Tuesday night. The policy change is part of a carefully negotiated happy ending between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Oliver. The chef's confrontations with the school system became a main theme in the current season of the TV reality...
  • FLASHBACK: L.A. Unified pays teachers not to teach

    04/06/2011 10:49:55 AM PDT · by NoLibZone · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 6, 2009 | Jason Song
    About 160 instructors and others get salaries for doing nothing while their job fitness is reviewed. They collect roughly $10 million a year, even as layoffs are considered because of a budget gap. For seven years, the Los Angeles Unified School District has paid Matthew Kim a teaching salary of up to $68,000 per year, plus benefits. His job is to do nothing. Every school day, Kim's shift begins at 7:50 a.m., with 30 minutes for lunch, and ends when the bell at his old campus rings at 3:20 p.m. He is to take off all breaks, school vacations and...
  • $100K reward offered for LAUSD cop shooter

    01/21/2011 7:15:09 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    abc ^ | 1/21/11 | Leanne Suter
    Officials are offering $100,000 to get the gunman behind bars. The suspect opened fire on a school police officer Wednesday in Woodland Hills, prompting a lockdown at nine schools.
  • LAUSD police officer shot near El Camino Real High School

    01/19/2011 12:26:10 PM PST · by Beaten Valve · 58 replies
    LA Times ^ | January 19, 2011 | Andrew Blankstein
    Police were responding to a report that a Los Angeles Unified School District police officer was wounded at a shooting near El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. The shooting occurred around 11:45 a.m. on the campus at Valley Circle and Burbank boulevards. Live video footage from KTLA News showed dozens of police officers searching the area around the school and an ambulance apparently carrying the officer leaving the scene.
  • Three Students Shot at (Gardenia) California High School [ 2 shot not 3]

    01/18/2011 11:36:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 112 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 18, 2011
    BREAKING: Three students were shot at Gardena High School in California, authorities tell Fox News. Gardena Police Lt. Steve Pendergrass tells Fox News that there was a shooting on the campus of Gardena High School. One suspect is at large and he is believed to be a student at the school.
  • Los Angeles Schools to Seek Sponsors

    12/16/2010 8:19:13 AM PST · by La Lydia · 19 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | Jennifer Medina
    LOS ANGELES...Facing another potential round of huge budget cuts, the Los Angeles school board unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday night to allow the district to seek corporate sponsorships as a way to get money to the schools. The district is not the first to look for private dollars...but the Los Angeles school district is by far the largest to do so...The District has cut $1.5 billion from its operating budget, now down to $5.4 billion. As recently as last month, 1,000 more employees lost their jobs in layoffs. ... “This is really our way to be responsive to that...
  • Man Bites Union In Los Angeles

    12/14/2010 5:17:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 14, 2010 | Staff
    Education: L.A.'s mayor has blasted his old bosses for blocking reforms and protecting bad teachers. Could the unions' charmed political life finally be ending? We can only hope so. Antonio Villaraigosa was once an organizer for United Teachers of Los Angeles and a lobbyist for the California Teachers Association. Now mayor of Los Angeles, he has been a staunch liberal throughout his political career. So his speech last week at a Sacramento conference of the Public Policy Institute of California was bound to make news in a man-bites-dog way. Here's a sample of what he said about his old employer,...
  • Boxer faces ethics complaint for telling teachers to send students to work for campaign

    10/27/2010 6:45:25 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 49 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/27/10 | Jonathan Strong
    In a close election race against former Hewlett-Packard executive Carly Fiorina, California Democrat Sen. Barbara Boxer is facing new ethics complaints over asking teachers to send their students to work for her campaign. In an Oct. 27 letter to California education authorities, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA), a non-profit group urging lower taxes, said, “In abject ignorance of California state law, the political campaign of Senator Barbara Boxer has openly solicited teachers employed by [Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)] to urge their students to volunteer for her campaign.” The HJTA letter refers to a letter obtained by the...
  • Lavishness of new LAUSD school betrays taxpayers

    09/15/2010 9:55:24 AM PDT · by TruthHound · 12 replies
    The owner of a Los Angeles home assessed at $450,000 pays more than $750 a year to finance bonds for the Los Angeles Unified School District. Which is why it is galling to some that the district has spent, or misspent, more than half-a-billion dollars on a new school, while laying off hundreds of teachers, increasing class sizes and starting the school year a week later than usual - to save money. And what a school it is. The campus was built on the site of the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard, where its namesake, Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated...
  • Broke Los Angeles Spent $578 Million On This Extravagant Public School (Talking benches)

    09/13/2010 3:22:12 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 34 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | 9/13/2010 | businessinsider.com
    The largest city of the brokest state in America just opened the doors on the $578-million RFK School. Built on the site of the historic Ambassador Hotel, the K-12 facility is now the most expensive public school in the country. They gave the school a state-of-the-art swimming pool, underground parking, historically recreated sections of the hotel, "talking benches" that describe the site's significance, a teacher's lounge modeled after the famous Coconut Grove Night Club
  • Environmental School [Named for AlGore] Built on Toxic Soil

    09/09/2010 1:30:51 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 17 replies
    MyFoxLA ^ | Sept. 8, 2010 | Gigi Graciette
    Los Angeles - A new LAUSD school dedicated to environmental studies is set to open in Los Angeles on Monday, despite concerns about environmental safety. The Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences is a state of the art school that took five years and 75 million dollars to make. The elementary school was named in honor of biologist Rachel Carson and former vice president turned environmentalist Al Gore, but public health advocates say Carson-Gore is an environmental mistake. Jane Williams, California Communities Against Toxics (CCAT): "This school site is horribly contaminated ... there is an operating oil well on one side...
  • L.A. Names School After Al Gore -- But Will Students Be Safe?

    09/07/2010 4:32:42 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 6, 2010 | Howard Blume
    L.A. school officials have named a school after Al Gore, making him the first vice president to receive such an honor. Yet there are concerns over the school -- not over Al Gore's name but because some critics fear the campus' location poses a long-term health risk to students and staff. School district officials insist that the Arlington Heights property is clean and safe. And they've pledged to check vapor monitors and groundwater wells to make sure. The $75.5-million Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences will open Sept. 13 for about 675 students. As he was with Bill Clinton (who has...
  • Los Angeles school named after Al Gore

    09/06/2010 7:05:25 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 43 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 5, 2010 | By Howard Blume
    He's the first vice president to have an L.A. school named after him, sharing the honor with author Rachel Carson. Fittingly, the campus will be devoted to environmental themes. But there's a catch. The campus was built atop contaminated land. School district officials insist that the Arlington Heights property is clean and safe. And they've pledged to check vapor monitors and groundwater wells to make sure. "Renaming this terribly contaminated school after famous environmental advocates is an affront to the great work that these individuals have done to protect the public's health from harm," an environmental coalition wrote in a...
  • LA Unveils $578M School, Costliest in the Nation

    08/23/2010 12:54:44 AM PDT · by ruination · 51 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 23, 2010 | Christina Hoag
    Next month's opening of the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will be auspicious for a reason other than its both storied and infamous history as the former Ambassador Hotel, where the Democratic presidential contender was assassinated in 1968. With an eye-popping price tag of $578 million, it will mark the inauguration of the nation's most expensive public school ever. The K-12 complex to house 4,200 students has raised eyebrows across the country as the creme de la creme of "Taj Mahal" schools, $100 million-plus campuses boasting both architectural panache and deluxe amenities. "There's no more of the old, windowless cinderblock...
  • Los Angeles County Vote to Boycott Arizona; LAUSD also Denounces SB 1070

    06/03/2010 12:47:43 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 75 replies · 1,321+ views
    San Fernando Sun ^ | June 2, 2010 | Alex Garcia
    Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles Unified School District [LAUSD] joined the city of San Francisco and West Hollywood and signed on to denounce SB 1070, the Arizona law that criminalizes undocumented immigrants. ...The boycott calls for a stop of any official county travel to Arizona, as well as a revision and end to any contract with that state. ...Meanwhile, Supervisor Mike Antonovich, who last week had come out against the proposal, calling it "stupid," ratified his position this week, adding that as elected officials they must uphold the law. "We need solutions, not boycotts. Solutions,...
  • State: Majority of LAUSD schools among state's lowest performing campuses

    05/14/2010 11:14:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 248+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 5/14/10 | Connie Llanos
    Even as more local schools are reaching state targets on benchmark tests, nearly three-quarters of Los Angeles Unified schools fall among the state's lowest performing campuses, according to data released today by the California Department of Education. Today's release of the state's base Academic Performance Index, or API, ranks schools based on their statewide test scores and how they perform compared to schools with similar demographics. API scores range from 200 to 1,000 points with the target being 800 points. In the last year, 158 Los Angeles Unified schools reached or exceeded the state's target API score of 800, up...
  • ReplyToYourCommunicationsToLAUSD

    05/13/2010 5:29:48 PM PDT · by Chaguito · 7 replies · 532+ views
    You Tube ^ | 5/13/2010 | Me
    This response is being sent to you as a result of your recent comments to the Los Angeles Unified school District. Thank you for your comments regarding the personal activities of one our teachers. Let me assure you that we have reviewed the videotape extensively for any violations of District policy and we have come to the following conclusions: · The videotape was made at a public meeting that took place three years ago. · The teacher was apparently exercising his right to freedom of speech provided to him as a guarantee under the Constitution of the United States of...
  • L.A. Teacher Calls for Mexican Revolt in the U.S.

    05/08/2010 6:30:58 PM PDT · by Ballygrl · 226 replies · 6,603+ views
    youTube ^ | 5/8/10 | StandWithArizona
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGqPo5ofk0s Here's the comments of the person who posted the youtube: "Where we now stand is stolen, occupied Mexico"....Calif. tax dollars at work. More gems: 'Communist Revolution', 'Frail, racist white people', 'La Raza' (the Race), Fidel Castro, 'Northern Front of Latin Revolution'..."40 million...revolutionaries...in the belly of the beast". "Our enemy is Capitalism and Imperialism". Sedition anyone? We are revolutionary Mexican organization here. We understand that this is not just about Mexico. Its about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism At the forefront of this revolutionary movement is La Raza. We will no longer fall for these lies called borders....
  • Federal agency to investigate L.A. schools

    03/12/2010 6:29:49 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 10, 2010 | Howard Blume
    The federal government has singled out the Los Angeles Unified School District for its first major investigation under a reinvigorated Office for Civil Rights, officials said Tuesday. The focus of the probe, by an arm of the U.S. Department of Education, will be whether the nation's second-largest district provides adequate services to students learning English. Officials turned their attention to L.A. Unified because so many English learners fare poorly and because they make up about a third of district enrollment, more than 220,000 students. "This is about helping kids receive a good education, the education they deserve," said Russlynn Ali,...
  • Ramon Cortines resigns from Scholastic board (schools Superintendent L.A. Unified School District)

    02/18/2010 1:55:24 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 339+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/18/10 | Howard Blume
    L.A. schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines resigned Thursday from the board of Scholastic Inc., a position that paid him compensation worth more than $150,000 last year. Cortines' dual role with the company and the district received scrutiny in the wake of an article on that subject last week in The Times. In defending his position with Scholastic in a recent interview, Cortines said he avoided any issue at the district involving the leading educational publishing company. And his senior staff said this recusal included any decision involving academic intervention programs. Scholastic provides the district's primary reading intervention program for high...
  • Teacher tenure must go

    09/08/2009 5:11:45 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies · 1,233+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | September 8, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    To cite just one terrible example, a New York City teacher is paid more than $100,000 not to teach. Thank her powerful union. Brandi Scheiner believes she is a political prisoner. Held against her will in what is euphemistically dubbed a "rubber room," the 56-year-old woman likens her two-year captivity to being imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay. Alas, it's unlikely the Red Cross will hear her case. She's a New York City public school teacher who, like about 600 fellow NYC teachers, has been removed from the classroom for alleged incompetence or other charges that include being drunk in the classroom...
  • Where to Cut?

    08/07/2009 12:55:57 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 6 replies · 498+ views
    Campus Report ^ | August 7, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Where to Cut? by: Bethany Stotts, August 07, 2009 One University of Washington professor is proposing a politically-incorrect solution to school district’s budget shortfalls this year. Research associate professor Marguerite Roza suggested in a July 30 briefing that districts might want to consider combining salary rollbacks with layoffs in order to retain more teachers and to keep class sizes low. Using data from the American Federation of Teachers, Prof. Roza teachers received, on average, salary schedule increases around 2.87 percent per year between 1997 and 2007 and step changes, on average, of 3.16 percent annually. “These across-the-board changes to the...
  • California: Summer schools across the state are cut to deal with state fiscal woes

    05/28/2009 1:41:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 10 replies · 506+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 28, 2009
    School districts across the state are slashing summer school to deal with the state financial cuts. Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced today that all summer school classes are being canceled at elementary and middle schools, and only credit recovery courses will be offered at high schools. The reductions were prompted by the district's budget deficit, which calls for $131 million in new cuts by June 30 and up to $273 million next year after voters overwhelmingly rejected a package of state ballot measures earlier this month. Once the measures failed, state legislators were left grappling with a $21.3...
  • Accused of sexual abuse, but back in the classroom

    05/09/2009 4:38:56 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 530+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 8, 2009 | Jason Song
    Repeatedly, the [Los Angeles Unified School] district failed to follow up on sexual misconduct complaints against employees once police or prosecutors dropped criminal actions. ... Prosecutors say molestation cases are extremely difficult to try because they often depend heavily on the accounts of young, frightened and shame-filled victims. But nothing prevents L.A. Unified from looking further into cases that police or prosecutors decline to pursue. Indeed, district policy has long required school officials to perform an independent inquiry. Under state law, the district can fire teachers for conduct it deems immoral or unprofessional, even if the acts fall short of...
  • LAUSD to gut education for older adults

    05/04/2009 8:50:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 717+ views
    Daily Breeze ^ | 5/4/09 | Tony Castro
    As education in Los Angeles is slashed to the bone, even those who are long past their school days are feeling the pain. Senior citizens are fighting budget cuts proposed by the Los Angeles Unified School District that could gut adult- education programs that help keep them connected to the outside world. But the fight could be in vain, according to district officials, who say that programs for seniors - especially those living in residential facilities - sit near the bottom of the district's list of priorities. The district's adult-education system faces a cut of at least a third of...
  • LAUSD wants another tax? Yes (a parcel tax to pay for operating expenses, like administrators)

    01/17/2009 8:17:36 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 742+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 1/17/09 | Editorial
    Barely two months since Los Angeles Unified School District officials duped the area's generous voters into signing away an additional $7 billion of their money for a vague school-improvement plan, the officials are at it again. That's right. In the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, officials who have secured about $22 billion in construction bonds from property owners in the district in recent years are thinking of passing the hat again. So what's this new measure for? More buildings? Technology? Maintenance? School lunches for poor kids? Nope, the district wants a parcel tax to pay for operating expenses...
  • LAUSD: Teachers have little reason to cry poor

    10/02/2008 10:07:15 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 3,717+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/2/08 | Steven Rosenberg
    With jobs like mortgage broker, investment banker, stock analyst and others that once looked solid - and profitable - suddenly looking not so good in the wake of America's looming financial difficulties, a Daily News Special Report revealed what most of us already know despite heavy doses of conventional wisdom to the contrary: Teachers and other school employees do pretty darn well. Especially if they work for the Los Angeles Unified School District. According to information provided to the Daily News by the LAUSD, the average salary for teachers is $63,000 - not too shabby that. But more than 8,500...
  • CA: LAUSD administration swells 20 percent from 2001 to 2007

    09/29/2008 9:09:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 732+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 9/29/08 | Beth Barrett
    On the edge of downtown Los Angeles, overlooking the 110 Freeway, stands a 29-story office building that boasts many of the trappings of a modern corporate headquarters: a cafeteria with flat-screen TVs, a state-of-the-art media production center, an on-site dry-cleaning service. The tower is the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District - home to more than 3,400 employees. They are the core of a massive bureaucracy that has surged in recent years even as the number of students and teachers has dropped. And 3,200 more administrators and support staff are scattered throughout the city, as top officials acknowledge...
  • LAUSD bond proposal now twice as large ($3.2B not enough. $7B more for the LAUSD ed. black hole)

    07/29/2008 9:24:07 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 428+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/29/08 | George B. Sánchez
    Los Angeles Unified School District officials are considering asking voters to approve a $7 billion bond measure in November, more than twice as big as previously discussed and nearly half of it set aside for unspecified future projects. LAUSD's board is set to vote Thursday on whether to support the bond measure, which allocates more than $3.2 billion for future "repair and safety," "modernization, repair and technology," "green technology" and to "attract, retain and graduate more students," according to a draft summary of the bond funding distribution. Meanwhile, district and charter officials are wrangling over exactly how much charter schools...
  • Activists want campus access to counter military recruiters (against 'Militarism in Our Schools')

    06/09/2008 8:49:51 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 157+ views
    Peace activists want equal access to Los Angeles high schools to counter military recruiters they describe as "car salesmen" bent on meeting quotas. The Coalition Against Militarism in Our Schools says it's vital for students to have unvarnished information about military service. The coalition promotes nonviolent alternatives to military service. Group coordinator Arele Inouye says recruiters "have a quota and it's their job to get students to sign up. So just like a car salesman, they're going to say everything they can to get students to sign up." The group's access proposal could be considered by the school board next...
  • LAUSD chief under criticism in school sex abuse case

    05/17/2008 4:38:47 PM PDT · by Haddit · 3 replies · 410+ views
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 05/13/2008 | Daily News Wire Services
    Schools Superintendent David L. Brewer's is coming under criticism from prosecutors for sending two high school administrators back to work after they were criminally charged with failing to report a student's sexual abuse claims. David Demerjian, head of the Los Angeles district attorney's Public Integrity Division, told the Los Angeles Times that it's "very unusual" for public officials accused of a crime to be allowed to return to their jobs -- particularly when they deal with children. "We prosecute a lot of public employees, and they are usually placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the trial," he said....
  • The design of L.A. Unified's new arts high school is convoluted and costly

    05/04/2008 4:21:20 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies · 467+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/4/08 | Steve Lopez
    What is it?" Kelly Charles asked as he walked to his job as a custodian in downtown Los Angeles and gazed up at a rather odd construction project. "A roller coaster?" As I wandered the neighborhood, other guesses were: A ski jump. A toboggan run. A water slide. What's got everyone talking is the odd-looking tower that rises 140 feet above the 101 Freeway, directly across from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The futuristic metallic edifice, with a wraparound spiral Dr. Seuss would love, is not part of a theme park. It is the signature adornment on...