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Stories by Kyle Stokes
At a school that L.A. Unified is using as a model for a new magnet program in Watts, teachers question whether the district's plan to "replicate" their success can work.
A deal in Sacramento between charter school lobbyists and the teachers union could lead to changes to the state's charter school enrollment and discipline laws.
United Teachers Los Angeles endorsed their opponents during the campaign, but will now have to work with Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez. The first order of business: a new contract.
Tuesday’s elections shifted the balance of power on the L.A. School Board; a majority of the board will have been endorsed by charter school advocates.
Following the most expensive campaign for school board L.A. has ever seen, Nick Melvoin ousted incumbent Steve Zimmer in District 4. In the East Valley's District 6, Kelly Gonez bested Imelda Padilla.
Outside groups have spent more than $14 million to influence voters. Smaller sums are being raised to sway decisions on a police oversight measure, the only citywide race.
Two school board candidates have questioned whether L.A. Unified's graduation rate is "inflated." Could their election alter LAUSD's "100 percent" graduation goal?
Two schools run by Celerity Educational Group — the Los Angeles charter school operator under federal investigation — are shutting down.
L.A. Unified board members told school employees not to comply with immigration agents' requests until the district's lawyers get a chance to review them.
Two L.A. Unified School Board members floated the idea in January, even if only as a creative planning exercise. On Tuesday, district staff threw cold water on it.
With the May 16 run-off elections for two L.A. Unified School Board seats just weeks away, the question of how district leaders ought to handle increasingly expensive benefits costs has surfaced in the campaign debate.
L.A. Unified School Board members approved a pilot program that expands "dual-language immersion" instruction to up to eight preschool classrooms next school year.
L.A. Unified School Board members' 4-3 vote again put them in the middle of the political tug-of-war between teachers union leaders and charter school advocates.
"She had … God-given talent" for music and for working with children, said a cousin of Karen Smith, who was killed in her San Bernardino classroom on Monday.
A female teacher is dead and two students wounded after a shooting in a classroom at North Park Elementary, in what is believed to be a murder-suicide, officials said.