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LCFF, LCAP and LAUSD: What Does It All Mean?

Stacks of US dollars

Let me bottom-line it for you like this: Over the next 5-10 years, more money will be flowing into schools in LAUSD. And trust me, that is the only simple thing you’ll ever hear about LCFF, LCAP or LAUSD, for that matter. Because it’s all very complicated and confusing about how and why and where the money will be spent. But let me assure you: the money is coming. Why ... Read More »

The Third Week #LAUSD

Girl at the Eifel Tower (photo by Yvonne Condes)

LAUSD School kids are in the midst of their third week off for Winter Break, and for some people, it may even be the breaking point. What in mid-December sounded like a blissful respite from the stress of daily life with school-age kids has, by January 6th, turned into a nightmare of finding ways to entertain the little ones and keep from going stir-crazy. That is, ahem, for most of ... Read More »

6 Reasons Why We Should Be Thankful for Public Schools

Thanksgiving decorations (photo by Wendy Kennar)

It’s been my experience that people are quick to criticize Los Angeles public schools.  Critics contend that classrooms are over-crowded and poorly funded.  They believe students are undisciplined and unprepared for the future.  However, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I would instead like us to acknowledge all that is good within our public schools. After a twelve year career as a public school teacher, and now as a parent of ... Read More »

LAUSD Magnet Choices – Final Call, Parents! 11/15 Deadline

Magnet School eChoices 2014-2015 LAUSD

This is a guest post by Tanya Anton of the Go Mama Guide. Hey Parents, this is it! This is the final week to get in that LAUSD Magnet Application for next fall and check that “to-do” off your list! Applications are accepted online at eChoices.lausd.net. The deadline to apply is this Friday, November 15, 2013 BEFORE 5pm. After that, it’s over and out, as they won’t accept any late ... Read More »

KPCC AirTalk Show About LAUSD Early Start

LAUSD Early Start back to school

Hope you got a chance to tune in and hear me live on KPCC’s AirTalk with Larry Mantle as I lamented the early start to school for LAUSD students today. If not, here’s the link to listen online: KPCC AirTalk Back To School. Now of course I understand intellectually the reasons why LAUSD chose to start school early. High schoolers can finish semester exams before the 3-week Winter break, plus ... Read More »

California’s Education Funding; Why You Should Care

2013 California Budget Education Funding Up

Governor Jerry Brown has just signed the California State Budget for 2013-14, ushering in a new era of California Education funding where school districts with a greater number of English Learners and Low-Income students will be given more money than others. This new era of education funding is being described as a major overhaul of the existing system, and comes at a time when California is experiencing its first budget ... Read More »

I Vote No Confidence in UTLA’s “Whoopsie Deasy”

UTLA Homepage with caricature of John Deasy Whoopsie Deasy

Recently, the Teachers Union in Los Angeles (UTLA) took an historic and unprecedented vote. The majority of teachers apparently have No Confidence in the LAUSD Superintendent, John Deasy. But they’ve gone farther than simply taking a vote; they’ve posted this caricature of Deasy on their website’s homepage, the idea of which was apparently to make him look a fool. And although I can’t say that with certainty, I can clearly ... Read More »

Eva Longoria Assists LAUSD School Board Race; Attracts International Attention

Eva Longoria and Kate Anderson

Eva Longoria showed up in West LA this week to help LAUSD School Board Candidate Kate Anderson’s campaign, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has contributed over $1 Million dollars to a Political Action Committee funding reform candidates, including Kate Anderson and Monica Garcia. Longoria’s visit to West LA was covered by local news stations and even in London’s Daily Mail. Why all the attention to a local school board ... Read More »

LAUSD Choices Now Live Online: It’s Magnet Time, Los Angeles

LAUSD Magnet Brochure - eChoices 2013 - 2014

The LAUSD Magnet Season is upon us, a month earlier than usual this year, and with many changes over years past. Parents can find information at eChoices.LAUSD.net. Since school began for LAUSD in August this year, many deadlines have been moved up, and that includes the Magnet Process. What used to be done on paper is now online, and while last year parents had until December 17th to file their ... Read More »