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Deasy under increasing scrutiny from School Board

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. School Board is expected to hold a closed-door meeting tomorrow. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary.
What is unusual is that this is a specially called closed door meeting. And L.A. Times education reporter Howard Blume says the focus will almost certainly be on the future of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.
Deasy has been under fire for issues connected to the …

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Can Deasy survive the iPad scandal?

Posted August 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy has announced that his $1 billion plan to get iPads for every student is over and that he wants to solicit new bids for the future. This comes after emails obtained by news organizations revealed a cozy relationship between the LAUSD superintendent with Apple and Pearson, which produces educational software.
Can Deasy survive the scandal? Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute, Raphael Sonenshein told Warren on …

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Interview with LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on pausing the $1 billion iPad program

Posted August 26, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
The iPad program at LAUSD has been halted following criticism of the bidding process.

The LAUSD’s iPad project has been criticized since the beginning: students could hack them, there wasn’t ample Wifi technology in the classrooms, and teachers didn’t have proper training.
But it’s only now, after reports that school district officials were a little too cozy with Apple and Pearson in the bidding process for the $1 billion project, that LAUSD is pausing the program. ($61 million has been spent …

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When undocumented children come to LA, who greets them?

Posted June 30, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, President Obama announced he is using executive authority to “fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” Pointing the finger at the GOP for Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reform, Obama said this inaction has contributed to the recent surge of immigrant children trying to get in to the U.S. illegally from Central America. Obama …

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LAUSD shifts millions of dollars to close education gap

Posted June 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The L.A. School Board has signed off on a $6.6 billion budget for the school year that funnels hundreds of million of dollars to the district’s most disadvantaged students. The spending plan calls for a boost in new teacher hires – to up to 12,000 instructors – as well as more librarians, nurses, counselors and tutoring programs. Class sizes will also come down. The …

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L.A. moves to impose $15 wage for hotel workers

Posted June 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Activists have cleared a major hurdle in their effort to boost the wages of non-unionized L.A. hotel workers. Despite warnings from business groups that the move could cost jobs, a City Council committee signed off on a plan to increase hotel worker pay to more than $15 an hour, nearly twice the state’s $8-an-hour minimum wage. Labor groups say L.A. hotels have been raking …

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Mixer: Election recap and scathing LASD report

Posted June 6, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Gene Maddaus is reporter for the LA Weekly, and Seema Mehta joined us from the LA Times to talk elections and Sheriff’s Department.
Last Tuesday was primary election day in California and a handful of other states across the country.
With candidates from both parties on the ballot, in a new, open primary.
Governor Brown won big in the gubernatorial contest… and he’s set to take on Republican …

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One after another, U.C. campuses honor slain students

Posted May 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There are no classes at U.C. Santa Barbara today. The campus is taking a time out to mourn the murders of six students by mentally disturbed loner Elliot Rodger. A memorial for the victims of the rampage is planned for 4 p.m. at UCSB. It’s expected to draw thousands of students and community members. About 2,500 people turned out for a vigil on the …

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Fault Lines: Segregation in Los Angeles Schools

Posted May 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Angelin Aguirre is a seventh grader at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. Hollenbeck is 99 percent Latino - a segregated school. (Jolie Myers/Press Play)

It’s approximately 8,000,000 degrees in Boyle Heights, but the students at Hollenbeck Middle School don’t seem to mind. They bop around Suzanne Gindin’s music class, periodically strumming guitars or shouting to classmates across the room. Ms. Gindin is waving her arms around, attempting to calm the seventh graders and launch into the day’s lesson. Easier said than done.
Hollenbeck is almost entirely Latino – the definition …

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Billions of barrels of Monterey Shale oil out of reach

Posted May 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Federal officials have dramatically slashed estimates of the amount of oil that can be recovered from the Monterey Shale, a huge formation of rock under parts of the Central Coast and San Joaquin Valley. The new numbers could put a major damper on efforts to exploit the Shale, which some have called a potential bonanza for California. With current technology, the Monterey Shale could …

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Head of the L.A. NAACP is a casuality of Sterling affair

Posted May 2, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The president of the L.A. chapter of the NAACP has resigned over questions about the organization’s ties to disgraced Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling was banned for life from the NBA this week after being caught on tape telling a female friend that he didn’t want her bringing blacks to games. The NAACP then rescinded a humanitarian award it planned to give the 80-year-old …

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California shoots for 90 percent HS graduation rate

Posted April 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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For the first time ever, more than 80 percent of high school students in California are graduating within four years. New numbers show the graduation rate in 2013 climbed to 80.2 percent. The dropout rate also improved, falling fell from above 13 percent to 11.6 percent. At LAUSD, the graduation rate was 67.9 percent and the dropout rate was 17.3 percent – both improvements. …

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Gamesmanship: Sports franchises seek raffle rights

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…and a raffle ticket? The L.A. Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are among a group of pro sports franchises pushing lawmakers to allow high-stakes raffles at games. State law limits raffle winners to 10 percent of the take, with the rest going to charity. The teams are backing a bill that would allow them to …

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Students from 16 L.A. schools on bus in deadly crash

Posted April 11, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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A 10th person has died this morning from injuries suffered in a horrific crash in Northern California involving a bus carrying L.A. high school students. The CHP says a Fed-Ex truck crossed the median on Interstate 5 north of the town of Orland, hitting the bus head on and igniting a huge explosion and fire. The dead include five students, three adult chaperones and …

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Family feud leaves Mickey Rooney’s remains in limbo

Posted April 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It appears Mickey Rooney’s tumultuous personal life has carried over to his death. Two factions of the Rooney’s family are fighting over the entertainer’s remains. A judge says won’t allow the body to be released from county custody until they settle the feud. The dispute centers over where the entertainer wished to be buried. Meanwhile, the L.A. Times reports that Rooney was broke when …

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Mixer: Sheriff’s union dust-up and school money comes-up

Posted April 4, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Cindy Chang from the LA Times and Vanessa Romo from LASchoolReport.com joined us to mix it up today.
There’s a strange battle going on within the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs, and now a judge has gotten involved.
Last month, newly elected president Armando Macias was kicked out and a different president installed.
But Macias refused to give up his seat, bringing at least two union board members with …

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Governor’s drought plan emphasizes conservation

Posted February 20, 2014 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Gov. Brown says California can immediately improve its water picture through recycling and conservation programs. Brown says his nearly $700 million drought relief plan would bring emergency drinking water to communities in need, as well making long-term fixes that would allow the state to capture more water and use it more efficiently. The plan also contains money for emergency food and housing for people …

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Deasy: Firing bad teachers costs up $450,000

Posted January 28, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Opening volleys have been fired in a lawsuit that aims to change the rules for teacher tenure in California and make it easier to fire ineffective instructors. The lawsuit – Vergara vs. the state of California – was filed by an education reform group on behalf of nine public school students. L.A. Schools Superintendent John Deasy was the first witness called by the students’ …

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L.A. marks two decades since Northridge Earthquake

Posted January 17, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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 The Northridge Earthquake hit 20 years ago today. The temblor struck at 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994 – leaving 57 people dead, flattening the 10 Freeway and causing more than $20 billion in property damage, at the time the costliest U.S. disaster ever. Are we better prepared for major quake now then we were then? Most scientists say yes, but with a big …

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Kelly Thomas’ father vows to sue acquitted officers

Posted January 15, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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They lost the criminal case, but the family of Kelly Thomas says it will pursue a civil lawsuit against two former Fullerton police officers acquitted of beating the mentally ill homeless man to death. Kelly Thomas’s father, Ron Thomas, says he looks at the case like a prize fight, with several rounds still to go. He’s hoping an ongoing FBI investigation will lead to …

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