| Feb 25, 2015
| 10:26 PM
Los Angeles mayors once played the role of kingmaker in school board elections.
Both Richard Riordan and Antonio Villaraigosa took on the teachers union, leading campaigns to raise money for favored candidates. When those candidates won, the mayors...
| Mar 1, 2015
| 4:00 PM
Here's a statistic from the Los Angeles Unified School District that should set off alarm bells: 58% of its coaches from 83 high schools were walk-ons or noncertificated employees during the 2013-14 school year. Only 42% were teachers, according to...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 9:55 PM
Granada Hills Charter High School won Los Angeles Unified's annual Academic Decathlon, recording the highest team score in the competition's 47-year history, officials said Friday.
The school, a three-time national decathlon champion located in the west...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 8:26 PM
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday sided with United Farm Workers in its dispute with an agricultural firm, calling on the company to honor a labor contract.
The vote was 6 to 0, with one abstention, and was greeted with rousing approval by...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 5:53 PM
Some students facing deportation will receive legal help from attorneys with the Los Angeles Unified School District under a plan approved Tuesday by the Board of Education.
Under the proposal, brought forward by the general counsel's office, district...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 4:00 AM
As a three-term Colorado governor, Roy Romer, a Democrat, had to deal with a combative Republican majority in his state Legislature. He later headed his party's fractious national committee.
But nothing was as difficult, he said, as running the Los...
| Feb 1, 2015
| 6:52 PM
It's very clear from readers that many don't equate iPads with infrastructure. Nor laptops with labs.
Schools, they logically believe, shouldn't be borrowing money — selling bonds — to buy tech gadgets already en route to obsolescence....
| Feb 1, 2015
| 5:00 AM
It's not a big deal for a local political candidate to skip a debate or two during a campaign. But the last-minute disintegration of a planned three-man debate last Wednesday was another matter.
Bennett Kayser, campaigning to retain his seat on the Los...
| Jan 30, 2015
| 7:05 PM
The Los Angeles Unified school board has enough divisions over educational philosophy to fill a thousand school-board campaigns. The last thing we need is the introduction of phony racial divisions and shameful accusations that strongly and wrongly...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 2:00 PM
Absenteeism was a big problem Wednesday night at a forum for Los Angeles Unified school board candidates.
It wasn’t parents, students or concerned citizens who played hooky.
It was two out of the three candidates.
That’s right. About 200...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 6:02 PM
L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon Cortines blasted the teachers union's salary demands Monday, calling them an unrealistic proposal that would force "catastrophic" layoffs of other employees.
After 16 meetings and months of contract negotiations with United...