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Stories by Kyle Stokes
L.A. Unified School District students returned for another year of classes on Tuesday. It's the last "first day of school" in Carla Muñoz's K-12 career. Now, the high school senior at the Roybal Learning Complex, is "ready to work and pay my college tuition — I’m ready for everything.”
This summer's headlines were dominated by news of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The separation is likely to cause lasting trauma for these young immigrants.
A new school year begins in the L.A. Unified School District next week, and superintendent Austin Beutner wants to make sure more students show up for it. Beutner is pushing for increased attendance this year, and the district is putting more resources into their centralized efforts to combat absenteeism. On Wednesday, Beutner visited the homes of a few LAUSD families to promote the effort.
More than 30,000 L.A. Unified School District teachers will vote later this month whether to authorize their union to call a strike, possibly early next school year.
If the rank-and-file approves, teachers union leaders would then be empowered to call the first strike the district has seen since 1989.
Ref Rodriguez resigned from the L.A. Unified School Board this week and pleaded guilty to criminal campaign finance charges. Now, the six remaining school board members have several options for how to fill Rodriguez's now-vacant board seat.
The research is clear: children of all races learn better in integrated schools. Yet in more than half of the public schools in L.A., the student body is at least 90 percent black or Latino. Segregation is a problem Austin Beutner inherits as the new superintendent of the L.A. Unified School District. But is there anything he can do to solve it? Or at least mitigate it?
White parents still want to live near mostly-white schools and, in L.A., most Latino kids still live in overwhelmingly Latino neighborhoods.
United Teachers Los Angeles leaders said officially Monday that — after more than a year at the bargaining table — contract talks between Los Angeles Unified School District officials and the teachers union had reached an "impasse.
Last August, teacher Lisa Alva launched an experiment, shaking up the high school English classes she taught. One year later, how did her experiment work out?
LAUSD board members will not renew the contract of Ken Bramlett, the district’s current Inspector General — an internal watchdog with extraordinary oversight powers.
Bill Davis, the public radio executive who oversaw the transformation of KPCC from a small college-run station into one of Southern California's largest news organizations, announced Tuesday he plans to step aside sometime in the next 18 months.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, elementary schools are funded more equally than equitably, a report released Tuesday suggests.
After a failed plan in 2014 to outfit each student with an iPad, L.A. Unified School District officials have floated a plan to try that idea again. Officials say they've learned from the mistakes of the past. But their new plan hit a speed bump Thursday.
State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson rolled out several goals Wednesday aimed at ensuring more students leave California schools bilingual in future years.