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Gil Cedillo, Nick Melvoin win LA runoffs*

nick-melvoin-campaign.jpg Also: Monica Rodriguez elected to the Los Angeles City Council. Board of Education member Steve Zimmer lost.

Mayor Garcetti adds a second press secretary

garcetti-twitter-townhall-fb.jpg Carl Marziali is the former VP for media and public relations at USC.

LA School Report merges with Campbell Brown group, gets new editor

CampbellBrown-the74.jpg Laura Greanias, former city editor of the LA Daily News, will now run the site for NYC nonprofit The Seventy Four.

How the LA and NYC school threats differed

brad-sherman-letterhead.jpg Rep. Brad Sherman analyzes the language used, the likelihood that the writer was Muslim, and whether LA officials were right to act.

Did LA officials flinch on threat or was it the right call?

ambassador-school-front.jpg LA Unified closed all of its schools based on a crude email threat that many experts dismissed almost immediately as a probable hoax. Schools are open today.

Outside funding of LAT stories an issue*

latimes-sign-sideview.jpg The Washington Post looks at the relatively new Los Angeles Times practice of accepting money from nonprofits, including Eli Broad's, to help fund education reporting.

Computer science now the top major for women at Stanford

stanford-students-file.jpg In the heart of Silicon Valley, a milestone has been reached. Plus more progress at Harvey Mudd.

Beutner unveils grant-funded education push at LA Times

lat-education-grab.jpg Timed to today's start of school in LAUSD, the Times is "rededicating itself to coverage of teaching and learning" with Education Matters and new staffers.
esquith-alcorn-wp.jpg Rafe Esquith has been in the LAUSD's dumb "teacher jail" status since March over a complaint over telling a joke about nudity in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

FBI raids LAUSD offices for iPad project records

The seizure of 20 boxes of documents suggests the feds are investigating the contracts for iPads pushed by ex-Supt. John Deasy and approved by the Board of Education.

Look who's back running LAUSD

ramon-cortines-kabc.jpg Ramon Cortines, now 82, takes over the LA schools system for the third time. This time he's an interim while a search is made for a successor to John Deasy.

LAUSD chief Deasy expected to resign Thursday

deasy-lasr.jpg The school board is likely to name an interim replacement in the morning. LA School Report was first to report that Deasy was out.

Deasy to stop and re-bid iPad deal after email disclosures

deasy-mics.jpg After stories by KPCC and the LA Times, and a critical internal report, the LAUSD superintendent agrees to re-bid the hugely expensive project to equip classrooms with tablet computers.

Compton OK's assault rifles for school police

assault-rifles-kpcc.jpg With students returning to school today, some residents are unhappy about the new policy that would put an AR-15 in the trunk on some on-duty campus police officers.

George McKenna elected to school board

george-mckenna-crowd.jpg Retired school principal George McKenna won the vacant seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board in Tuesday's runoff, using his long name recognition and backing by UTLA to defeat Alex Johnson in the divisive runoff.
marlborough-web-grab.jpg Since a former student at Marlborough wrote two weeks ago about her English teacher falling in love with her — and more — the scandal has roiled the Hancock Park campus and reached to Pasadena's Polytechnic.

Judge strikes down California teacher tenure, seniority

Superior Court Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled Tuesday that the longstanding state laws which ensure job security for public school teachers are unconstitutional because of the harm done to students, especially low-income minority children, by incompetent classroom teachers.

Willow Bay named director of USC journalism school

willow-bay-twitter.jpg For several years Bay has been senior editor of the Huffington Post Los Angeles operation, but her roots are in television news. She takes over in July. Took a long time to fill this one.

A boarding school comes to downtown LA

aup-entrance.jpg American University Preparatory School, which is taking applications from high school students around the world, will open in the fall in the former Laemmle movie theaters and adjacent converted office building at 3rd and Figueroa streets.

Crenshaw High choir performs at White House today

obama-crenshaw-choir.jpg The renowned Crenshaw High School Elite Choir sang today for President Obama and the holiday celebration in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.

Daily News schools reporter jumps to school board side *

Barbara Jones, who covers the LA Unified School District and the Board of Education for the Daily News, is leaving the newspaper business to become the chief of staff to board member Tamar Galatzan.

Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, school board member was 80

lamotte-lausd.jpg LaMotte died this morning while in San Diego for the annual convention of the California School Boards Association. The longtime member of the Los Angeles Board of Education from South LA was first elected in 2003.
university-high-hs-lao.jpg In an joint opinion piece in the Los Angeles News Group papers, former mayor Richard Riordan and LANG columnist Tim Rutten write that the Los Angeles schools spend a lot more on students than district officials know or admit — with much lower results than they also will admit.

Deasy to stay on as LAUSD superintendent

deasy-kept-grab.jpg Days of backstage political drama end with the district's top official and the school board agreeing that he will continue to run the place until 2016.

LAUSD's warehouse of broken musical instruments

lausd-piano-kpcc.jpg Layoffs and retirements have left no one on staff to repair woodwinds. More than 2,600 broken instruments of all kinds sit on shelves, KPCC says in a story.

Frank McCourt gives $100 million to Georgetown University

mannyfrank.jpg The largest gift ever to Georgetown, his alma mater, will establish the McCourt School of Public Policy.

Villaraigosa to be visiting fellow at Harvard

mavillaraigosa-dc-msnbc.jpg Former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has secured at least one university gig for the next phase of his political life. Harvard announced today that he will be a visiting fellow at Harvard's Institute of Politics.

Sal Castro, Eastside educator and Chicano activist was 79 *

SalCastrolausd.jpg The high school social studies teacher gained legend status on the Eastside for his mentoring of Chicano students and for being arrested during the 1968 Chicano walkouts. The middle school on the campus of Belmont High was named for Castro in 2010.

Garcetti finishes first, then Greuel and James - runoffs ahead*

greuel-300-tight.jpg The vote counting in Tuesday's City of Los Angeles primary election provided no real surprises. Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel will face off in a May 21 runoff for mayor, as every poll said that they would. There will be runoffs in the other citywide races, and in at least two City Council districts.

Portola Middle School teacher arrested for molestation

portola-ms-sign.jpg Jason Leon, 32, a teacher at the Tarzana middle school, was taken into custody today on an arrest warrant and charged with four counts of child molestation and three counts of battery. The victims were girls aged 13 and 14 at the time of the alleged crimes.

Cortines' accuser details long friendship that went bad

Scot Graham, the LA Unified leasing chief who has sued ex-superintendent Ramon Cortines for sexual harassment and filed a $10 million claim with the district, says he first met Cortines in San Francisco's gay community in the 1980s. Now married to a man, Graham details in the Daily News numerous unwanted sexual advances allegedly made by Cortines, who is now 80.

Brown wins on ballot listing order

A Sacramento judge rejected activist Molly Munger's argument that Jerry Brown's tax measure should not be listed first on the November ballot. Munger's group, Our Children, Our Future, said it won't appeal. "We're moving on," said spokesman Nathan Ballard.

Transferred Miramonte teachers wait - and learn to sew

Remember all those teachers who were summarily moved out of Miramonte Elementary School after two teachers were accused of sexually attacking children at the school? Fox 11's Phil Shuman found out what they are doing. It isn't teaching.
This piece ran in The Atlantic in March 1982 and is credited as an influential argument in the movement toward community policing embraced here and in New York by William J. Bratton. The magazine posted it online in its entirety following Wilson's death on Friday.

Union weighs in at Miramonte

Superintendent John Deasy and UTLA president Warren Fletcher will be on "Patt Morrison" on KPCC this afternoon.

School community not happy about losing friendly faces

Things were "tense and emotional" outside the school in Florence-Firestone this morning.

Ex-aide at Miramonte in prison for lewd acts

Ricardo Guevara, a former teacher's aide at the Miramonte Elementary School's Early Education Center, was convicted in 2005 of committing lewd acts with children and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

LAUSD to replace all Miramonte staff

If the children at Miramonte Elementary School weren't traumatized before, they will be when they get back to school on Thursday.

Second Miramonte teacher arrested

Martin Springer, who lives in Alhambra, was arrested by sheriff's detectives this morning after a short investigation into new reports of lewd acts with children.

Princeton junior elected to La Cañada school board

Princeton University junior Andrew Blumenfeld won the final seat on the La Cañada Unified school board by ten votes.

Geometry teacher who called student 'Jew boy' keeps job

A La Cañada High math teacher accused of calling a student "Jew boy,'' using other slurs and mocking a student's stutter will receive sensitivity training.

LA Sketchbook: Cornerstone


You think kids don't care about teacher layoffs?

I don't know what's going on at Roy Romer Middle School in North Hollywood, but after watching this video posted today at YouTube, if I were on the school board or a news assignment desk, I'd get somebody out there tomorrow.

Early call at Crenshaw High on Friday

morning-joe-crew.jpg MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” show will air live on Friday from the campus of Crenshaw High School — starting at 3 a.m. to reach the East Coast audience.

LA Sketchbook: UC tuition

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Getty's history of looted antiquities goes way back

aphroditegetty.jpg In their forthcoming book "Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World’s Richest Museum," reporters Jason Felch and Ralph Frammolino detail Getty scams through the years.

Strong words about LAT and teachers from a research expert *

I can't help but notice the detailed nature of the criticism leveled at the Times' adoption of "value-added" measures as its metric of choice for rating teachers.

LAT stands by criticized story on teacher rankings study

Last week's very pointed academic criticism of the Los Angeles Times' work on teachers rankings has finally gotten a repsonse from the paper.

LAT spins story that strongly criticizes its teacher series

Times' controversial "value added" project is called a disservice worthy of an apology by Colorado researchers. The LAT spins it otherwise.

Student, officer shot outside LAUSD high schools

The student was shot today near Bell High school, the LAUSD school police officer outside El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills.

Gardena High shooter 'holed up' in classroom *

At least two students have been shot at Gardena High School, possibly by accident. The student suspected of the shooting is believed to be in a classroom and talking to...

'Rent' too uncomfortable for Monrovia school officials

rent-wallpaper.jpg When Monrovia High school's drama teacher wanted the students to produce "Rent," the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical with a cult following that deals with AIDS and homosexuality, the district's superintendent said no.

'School Pride' comes to Los Angeles

jacob-soboroff.jpg Jacob Soboroff, who made all those great videos for LA Observed a few years ago, is now co-host of "School Pride" airing Friday nights on NBC. The show did a makeover at Hollenbeck Middle School last week and will do LACES this week.

Headline only off by 125%

lat-error-ucfees.jpg The L.A. Times headline more than doubles the fee hike proposed by the president of the University of California.

Teacher named in Times' rankings may have killed himself *

The body of Rigoberto Ruelas, a 5th grade teacher at Miramonte Elementary in South Gate, was found near his car in the Angeles National Forest.

Teachers database worth 1.4 million page views for LAT

The Los Angeles Times's controversial database rating LAUSD teachers based on test scores has been a big online traffic draw.

Story line on LAT teacher evaluations leaves stuff out

LA Observed columnist Bill Boyarsky, writing for the second time on the teacher effectiveness series that has been getting so much attention for the Los Angeles Times, argues that the debate over the stories is being over-simplified.

Video discussion: the LAT's teacher stats

Just came across this piece with NBC 4 News Conference host Conan Nolan talking in some depth with Doug Smith, the data analysis editor who led the Los Angeles...

Two views of LA Times' teacher story

Board of Education member blasts the story, while a nationally respected author has praise.

How a California Watch story gets out

Editorial Director Mark Katches explains in a blog post how a recent California Watch project on the shrinking school day came to appear in newspapers, on the air and on websites around the state.

Ex-Burbank official dies on Northern California bridge

Kevin Jolly, 45, left as superintendent of the Burbank schools a few weeks ago to take over a troubled school district in Mendocino County.

Megan Fox makes video decrying school budget cuts

Sponsored by parents at Wonderland Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles and posted at Funny or Die. It's pretty good.

LA Sketchbook: Stand and Deliver


The Jaime Escalante obituary I wanted to read *

Thumbnail image for escalante-mural.jpg Jay Mathews used to be Los Angeles bureau chief of the Washington Post and now writes the paper's education blog. In 1988 he authored a biography of Garfield High teacher...

Jaime Escalante, revered math teacher was 79

esacalante-board.jpg Friends of Jamie Escalante are reporting that the retired Garfield High School teacher died this afternoon in Reno, where he was seeking treatment for bladder cancer.

Burbank teacher turns herself in for sex with 14-year-old

amy-beck-300x235.jpg Amy Beck is 33 and a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Middle School in Burbank.

Cortines quits lucrative post with LAUSD supplier

emember those defenses Supt. Ramon Cortines put up to justify his seat on the board of Scholastic Inc. — an arrangement that paid him $150,000 last year?

Cortines paid $439,000 by top LAUSD vendor

Superintendent Ramon Cortines got the payments for sitting on the board of Scholastic Inc., which has done $16 million in business with L.A. Unified in recent years, the LAT says.

LA Sketchbook: Enrollment cut at CSU

qqxsgCSU hustlers.jpg Click to view larger. More by Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive....

'Glee' star to LAUSD: shut up!

"Glee" star Chris Colfer is 19, gay and without children. So why does the Los Angeles Unified School District's auto-call robot keep phoning him at home to say his daughter...

LA Sketchbook: Getting the point

qqxsg UCCSU point.jpg See more by Steve Greenberg in the LA Sketchbook archive. Click to view larger....

The view from Copenhagen

commutingcopenhagen.jpg Los Angeles native Steve Caplan sold his house in the Valley hills to move to Copenhagen, where his wife is from, to work on the coming United Nations Climate Change...

Steve Barr leaving Green Dot schools

stevebarrkpcc.jpg The founder and chairman of Green Dot Public Schools is stepping down to work on “national education issues,” a spokeswoman for Barr said Friday. Barr will become chair emeritus of...

Skittish school start

District officials begin the year $140 million in the hole - and that's after $869 million in cost-cutting measures. Already, students can expect crowded classrooms, fewer teachers and limited services....

Boyarsky gets email

Departing Villaraigosa chief of staff Robin Kramer and publisher-education adviser David Abel both sent Bill Boyarsky emails about his LA Observed post on the mayor and charter schools. Bill talks...

Boyarsky: Questions for the mayor

INLA-cvr.jpg Bill Boyarsky has been absent from LA Observed since February writing a book and taking some vacation. The book hits stores in September — and looks truly gorgeous. "Inventing L.A.:...

Broad takes another swipe at Antonio

The weekend interview on the Wall Street Journal opinion page is with Eli Broad. In a discussion about education reform, Broad offers this explanation for why his Broad Superintendents Academy...

Correcting the story in Pasadena

Occidental College professor and local progressive leader Peter Dreier has a pretty interesting blog post at the Huffington Post detailing how parents and school officials got the Pasadena Star-News to...

Interim head of LACCD named

Tyree Wieder, who retired last summer after 14 years as president of Los Angeles Valley College, was tapped as interim chancellor of the entire district. She takes over for Marshall...
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