Kyle Stokes|L.A. Unified school teachers are voting all this week whether to authorize a strike as a war of words between their union and the district escalates. The school district filed a formal complaint against United Teachers Los Angeles on Tuesday, accusing them of bargaining in bad faith.
Civil rights groups are pressing the L.A. Unified School District to end its policy of randomly searching students with hand-held metal detectors. Those activists recently got a chance for a face-to-face meeting with top district officials.
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.”
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.
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?