Commentary from LAUSD board member Kelly Gonez: With our investment in dual language programs, 'Our diversity is our strength' | LA School Report

I was entering elementary school when the Spanish spoken in my home slowly disappeared. Up to that point, my mother, an immigrant from Peru, had taught me both Spanish and English at home. But soon after I began school, the only times Spanish was spoken was during overheard calls with my family members in Peru...

Could LAUSD house homeless students and families?

LA Unified's school board voted Tuesday to study using district property to house homeless students and their families, despite split public opinion. In a 4-1 vote with one abstention, school board members approved a resolution giving Superintendent Austin Beutner six months to research the feasibility of using district sites to: Allow overnight parking for homeless students and families, in collaboration with the Safe Parking L.A.

Telfair Elementary: The heart of LAUSD's homeless crisis could become ground zero for change | LA School Report

Updated Nov. 28 If LA Unified's growing student homeless crisis had an epicenter, Telfair Elementary in the northeast San Fernando Valley would be it. Last year the school had the highest percentage of homeless students; so far this year, it's tied for first place. And as the district explores expanding support for its estimated 16,000...

People who stay and defend their homes from fire, a proposal to house homeless students on LAUSD property

One week after the Woolsey and Hill fires broke out in Ventura County, we look at "stay and defend" and how some homeowners refuse to leave their properties when disaster strikes and instead stay behind to defend it themselves. Plus, we talk a LA Unified School Board member Kelly Gonez about her idea to house homeless students on LAUSD properties.

For children trapped in poverty, breaking free is getting harder

Schools such as Telfair Elementary in Pacoima lack resources and lag behind the district and state averages in student performance. But as educators work long hours to provide more support, students may find it harder to break free from poverty.

Can all of LA's public school students be college-ready by 2023? LA Unified leaders seek to 'Close the Gap'

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report LA Unified made a big commitment Tuesday: by 2023 all students will be college-ready, and - to make sure parents can hold the district accountable - it will now report two different graduation rates.



These 6 Women Had No Plans To Run For Office. Then Trump Came Along.

WASHINGTON ― If there's one area where President Donald Trump has been effective, it's at inspiring women to run for office to fight against everything he represents. A staggering number of first-time female candidates has emerged over the past year.

Sun Valley High School christens its new, state-of-the-art media production studio

Sun Valley High School celebrated the grand opening of its new Studio 24, a state-of-the-art production facility for its Media Arts Academy, on Thursday. The converted classroom features a nearly wall-length green screen for filming performers with digital effects, five new Apple editing stations equipped with industry standard Final Cut Pro software and soundproofed doors, windows, walls and ceiling.

LA education leaders unite to tell Sacramento: California's public education is woefully underfunded and the problem isn't fixed | LA School Report

The city's education community sent a clear message Tuesday from downtown Los Angeles to legislators in Sacramento: the governor's funding formula has not "fixed" the state's woefully underfunded public education system. The LA Unified school board unanimously approved a resolution to spend resources to advocate in Sacramento to double education funding by 2020 to $20,000...

LAUSD board members unite with Democratic leaders to support passage of the DREAM Act | LA School Report

"DACA is dead. The Dream Act is a permanent solution for us, and that's what we're fighting for now," said Paulina, an LA Unified graduate from Fremont High School and a DACA recipient who met on Wednesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, LA Unified board members, and business and community leaders in Los Angeles...

Are LAUSD grads leaving high schools ready for college?

There are many ways to measure how prepared the Los Angeles Unified School District's graduates are for what comes after high school - college or a career. "The challenge," says L.A. Unified School Board member Kelly Gonez, "is that these data do not exist all in one place."

High school students are graduating, but are they ready for what's next?

High school students in L.A. Unified are graduating at higher rates than ever before. But it's too early to know whether these students will go on to complete higher-level education or succeed in the job market.

LAUSD's Gonez takes aim at college readiness, because 'we're not where we want to be'

The Los Angeles Unified School District board on Tuesday is set to vote on the first resolution from one of its two newest members. Kelly Gonez, representing students in the east San Fernando Valley, said her measure is aimed at better preparing students for college and jobs after they leave the school district.

Gonez introduces ambitious resolution to ensure LAUSD students succeed in college and careers | LA School Report

New school board member Kelly Gonez is introducing an ambitious resolution that calls for making detailed data available to the public to ensure students are supported and able to complete college and "access a rewarding career." With this resolution, called "Creating Pathways to Lifelong Success for Our Students," Gonez is fulfilling a key campaign promise to...

Meet LAUSD's new school board member Kelly Gonez

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