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  • Voters Soundly Reject Property Tax Hike To Fund LAUSD

    06/05/2019 7:08:55 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 06/05/2019
    If approved, it would have imposed a levy of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the district. On a 1,700-square-foot home, that would have amounted to another $272 of tax per year. A parcel tax is not based on the assessed value of a property, but is generally a flat fee based on square footage. It requires a two-thirds margin for approval. LAUSD desperately needed the tax to pass in order to cover the increase in costs associated with the latest teachers’ union contract. In January, LAUSD’s 34,000 teachers went on a 9-day strike, the...
  • Teachers in ‘Fight for the Soul of Public Education,’ UTLA President Says on 1st Day of Strike

    01/14/2019 10:41:46 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 67 replies
    KTLA ^ | January 14, 2019 | A. Kurzweil, E. Abovian, E. Myers
    On day one of the first Los Angeles Unified School District teachers’ strike in 30 years, United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl spoke to teachers and students gathered on a rainy Monday in Los Feliz. “Here we are on a rainy day in the richest country in the world, in the richest state in the country, in a state as blue as it can be, and in a city rife with millionaires, where teachers have to go on strike to get the basics for our students,” Caputo-Pearl said. The strike, originally scheduled to take place last Thursday, was delayed...
  • Thousands Of Teachers March In Downtown Los Angeles As Strike Looms

    12/16/2018 4:47:04 PM PST · by Libloather · 43 replies
    See BS local ^ | 12/15/18
    (CBSLA/AP) — Thousands of teachers who may go on strike against the nation’s second-largest school district next month marched and rallied in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday. United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union estimates 50,000 were there. The crowd had relief from overcrowding at the top of their wish list. **SNIP** UTLA teachers and supporters wore red for unity. They are seeing red over LAUSD’s reluctance to part with more green. “I want to see investment in the schools and in the kids,” said LAUSD parent Carmen Montecito. UTLA says if LAUSD would just tap in to its almost $2...
  • Many L.A. students get to college; only a few finish

    09/02/2017 7:44:52 AM PDT · by george76 · 67 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 9/1/2017 | Howard Blume
    About 70% of Los Angeles high school graduates enroll in two- or four-year colleges, but only 25% graduate within six years. ... it’s hard to assess recent district efforts that could be seen as pushing in different directions. On one hand, the district is touting higher standards: a high school graduation requirement that all students pass the courses necessary for applying to a four-year state college. On the other hand, the district requires a grade of D only in these classes and the colleges require a C or better to apply. The district also offers an array of “credit recovery”...
  • Ex-LAUSD food services director charged with embezzling (Los Angeles)

    08/09/2017 10:49:23 AM PDT · by Mark · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Daily News ^ | 8/9/17 | From staff and wire reports
    The former director of food services for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been charged with misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement for allegedly diverting $65,000 in district money to a culinary club he controlled, prosecutors said Tuesday. David Binkle, 55, is also accused of forging a district vendor application, failing to report his outside financial interests to the district and funneling public funds into his personal bank account, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. All told, he’s accused of 15 felony counts. Binkle resigned from the LAUSD in 2015 following a critical audit...
  • The Number of Children in L.A. Is Shrinking — Which Could Be a Disaster

    03/09/2017 4:41:20 AM PST · by george76 · 31 replies
    LA Weekly, ^ | MARCH 2, 2017 | HILLEL ARON
    LAUSD .. schools are under-enrolled. "There are places where we have schools that are basically four blocks away from each other — and at a time, that made sense," Rodriguez says. Now, he says, "Buildings built for 1,000 kids may have something like 400. "It's expensive." ... Today, LAUSD's enrollment is around 514,000, a number that the district estimates will fall below half a million by 2018. But L.A. Unified's costs have not gone down. They've gone up. This year's $7.59 billion budget is half a billion dollars more than last year's. The nation's second largest school district is facing...
  • 866.742.2273--hotline phone number for LAUSD students upset about Trump..CALL NOW!

    12/09/2016 10:33:29 AM PST · by max americana · 43 replies
    VANITY ^ | 12/9/2016 | MAX AMERICANA
    Los Angeles Public Schools Create Hotline For Students Upset About Trump Blake Neff on December 8, 2016 Republish Reprint The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has set up a hotline to help out students who are stressed or worried from the election of Donald Trump has president. The new hotline was announced by LAUSD Tuesday, with the district spreading the word on Twitter, through direct phone calls to district parents, and even via announcements on school intercoms. A hotline number 866.742.2273 is available from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
  • Los Angeles Public Schools Create Hotline For Students Upset About Trump

    12/08/2016 6:45:15 PM PST · by kevcol · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | December 8, 2016 | Blake Neff
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has set up a hotline to help out students who are stressed or worried from the election of Donald Trump has president. . . “Although it has been nearly a month since the presidential election, many of our students still have questions and concerns about potential impact on them and their families,” Superintendent Michelle King said in the recorded phone call for parents. . . Seventy-four percent of LAUSD’s 655,000 students are Hispanic, and the district includes thousands of students who are illegal immigrants or the children of illegal immigrants. The district saw...
  • Exclusive: Former Houghton Mifflin Exec Reveals How Pearson Unfairly Won the LAUSD iPad Deal

    01/27/2016 9:53:03 AM PST · by Rockitz · 8 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 27 Jan 2016 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A former Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) executive reveals in a Project Veritas undercover investigation how textbook publishing giant Pearson Education won the $1.3 billion contract to put Common Core-curriculum-loaded iPads into the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), despite the fact that, he alleges, other publishers outpaced Pearson in their bids for the contract. In this fourth video of a series by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas – focused on exposing the corporate cronyism behind the Common Core standards reform, Gilbert Garcia, Ph.D. tells the undercover journalist that “the big boys” of the textbook publishing world are Pearson, McGraw-Hill and HMH....
  • Flash: All Los Angeles Public Schools Closed Due to Terror Threat

    12/15/2015 7:47:25 AM PST · by Rockitz · 82 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 15 Dec 2015 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced Tuesday morning that all of its schools will be closed for the day due to a terror threat. The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed that a bomb threat was called in to a school board member, the Los Angeles Times reports. The announcement by Superintendent Roberto Martinez came in the middle of the morning commute, at about 7:00 a.m., as many area children were boarding buses or already walking to school. Parents who had already dropped their children off were asked to return and to fetch their children at approved locations. The...
  • LA Public Schools Shut Down After Unspecified Threat, Police Say

    12/15/2015 7:26:08 AM PST · by iowamark · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/15/2015 | Emily Shapiro
    All schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District were shut down today following an unspecified threat, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The closings are out of “an abundance of caution," the LAPD said. An electronic threat was received this morning mentioning the safety of the schools, officials said at a news conference today. The threat is still being analyzed, officials said.
  • BREAKING: America's Second-Largest School District Sends Home 640,000 Students Over Terror Threat

    12/15/2015 7:09:13 AM PST · by Blue Turtle · 456 replies
    On Tuesday, the Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District announced that all schools would be shut down today due to an unspecified terror threat. According to ABC News, that threat also carries “unknown credibility.” Bus drivers say they have been returned to their bus depots. LAUSD is the nation’s second-largest school district, with 640,000 students and 900 schools; children range from kindergarten to 12th grade.
  • LAUSD argued middle schooler can consent to sex with teacher [updated]

    11/13/2014 4:40:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies
    KPCC (89.3 FM) ^ | 11/13/14 | Karen Foshay
    Last November, Los Angeles Unified School District lawyers fighting a civil lawsuit argued in court that a 14-year-old middle school student was mature enough to consent to having sex with her 28-year-old teacher, and that she bore some responsibility for what happened. The district's attorneys also introduced the girl's sexual history into the trial as part of their defense strategy. Two legal experts sharply criticized the school district for using those tactics. They also said the case highlights a little-known conflict in California law: while the age of consent is firmly set at 18 in criminal cases, at least two...
  • 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.