California dropout rates dip for third year

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| Officials said public schools are increasingly focusing on dropout data, and that's pushing teachers and principals to find ways to improve graduation rates.

LA schools' maintenance budget trails other large districts


Busted sinks and cracked sidewalks plague Los Angeles campuses. Large California school districts spend up to 30 percent more of their total budget on maintenance and operations than L.A. Unified.


Cuts to LA elementary schools' orchestra program reversed


In a reversal of February proposal, Los Angeles Unified School District officials confirm orchestra instruction will return next year as a year-long program.

Nonprofits get nearly $1m to train parents to advocate


Both Los Angeles groups said they will train parents in minority communities to influence how L.A. Unified spends new statewide funding.

After LA schools' denial, county greenlights Aspire charters


The L.A. Unified school board had taken issue with special education services at two high performing Huntington Park schools. They'll now be overseen by the county.

Report: Part-time LA school board unacceptable (updated)


The Los Angeles 2020 Commission suggests the school board should be under mayoral control or improve its working relationship with school administrators.

Lots of problems as new California testing gains steam


More than 600 teachers call the California Department of Education every day asking for help with the new computer-based standardized tests.

Deasy budget includes $36 million in spending to settle suit


The L.A. Unified school board has yet to vote on the Superintendent's budget proposal, which concentrates investment in 37 high-need schools.