The charter industry loses its grip on the LAUSD School Board’s Presidency. Is the oversight of Superintendent Austin Beutner next?
The District has not received payments from Community Preparatory Academy for the months of January 2017 through June 2017, which total to $82,240.97 currently owed to the District.” – LAUSD Charter School Division The LAUSD School Board took the rare step of considering the denial of a charter school’s renewal during their April 2, 2019, […]
Elected to represent the students in the District’s public schools, the LAUSD School Board have been mostly silent as the strike date nears.
Thanks to the Brown Act, by law, public meetings of school boards in the state of California are made accessible to the public for attendance and comment. But almost two-thirds of parents in two parent households work outside the home, as do about the same numbers of single-parent families. Meetings held during daytime working hours […]
Our oversight is “proactive and responsive” – José Cole-Gutiérrez, LAUSD Charter School Division Last June, I informed the LAUSD School Board that a charter school under their jurisdiction was violating the privacy of their students by publishing “Parent Volunteer Hours” reports on their website that included student names. The charter’s Chief Development Officer defended the […]
We serve the people of Greater Los Angeles because we believe there is a better path for the children of our great district. Unfortunately, the serious allegations against Dr. Ref Rodriguez distract from that critical mission.” – Monica Garcia, Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez While the LAUSD School Board was evaluating the performance of the […]
Well I know what’s right, I got just one life In a world that keeps on pushin’ me around But I’ll stand my ground and I won’t back down” – Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty In the ten months since I first filed a complaint about Granada Hills Charter High School’s enrollment practices, there have […]
Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” – Paraphrasing George Santayana Just months after assuming a majority of the LAUSD School Board, the charter supporters already find themselves embroiled in controversy. Their first selection for President, Ref Rodriguez, is facing felony charges and was forced to resign from the position. As […]
This is much ado about nothing” – Attorney Mark Werksman According to the Felony Complaint against Refugio (Ref) Rodriguez, he and his cousin allegedly conspired in a scheme that hid the source of almost $25,000 in campaign donations from the public. While a lawyer involved in the case maintains that this is “a small amount […]
On September 12, 2017, the LAUSD School Board was set to take a vote to approve several charters for five-year renewals, including ICEF Innovation. However, before doing so they needed to hear public comment. The following are my remarks before the Board: We are told continuously that the purpose of charters is innovation and experimentation. […]