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  • Charter school moving to Shomrei Torah

    July 2, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Shomrei Torah Synagogue has found a new occupant for the space on its West Hills campus that once belonged to New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS). Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School is moving its eighth- to 12th-grade students and its business operations from...

  • A voter's-eye view of the city election

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    May 14, 2013 | 11:48 am

    This year, for the first time, the nonpartisan Pat Brown Institute at CSU Los Angeles went into the polling field.  As poll director, I wanted our poll to illuminate broader trends in the local electorate, and to conduct it we retained Susan Pinkus, who for many years ran the Los...

  • Turning teens into police officers

    By Ryan Torok

    May 1, 2013 | 12:32 pm

    Roberta Weintraub, a 77-year-old political activist and former president of the L.A. Unified School District Board of Education, has always had a soft spot for the men and women in blue.

    “It’s a most wonderful career for young people today,” she said of entering the police force....

  • Eating with an eco-conscience

    April 24, 2013 | 5:28 pm

    A small group gathered in the sanctuary of Temple Isaiah on April 11 to do what Jews do best: talk about food and then eat some. 

    The occasion was a panel convened by Netiya, a Jewish network dedicated to advancing urban agriculture in religious institutions, nonprofits and...

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  • Steve Zimmer holds middle ground

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 28, 2013 | 9:49 am

    After surviving opposition funded by the mayors of America’s two biggest cities, newly re-elected Los Angeles Unified School District board member Steve Zimmer says his win has preserved a “system of checks and balances” in running L.A.’s huge school district.

    Mayor Antonio...

  • Bullying and Reason

    By  David A. Lehrer

    March 12, 2013 | 1:21 pm

    Today’s New York Times has a thoughtful op/ed by Slate’s Emily Bazelon, the author of “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.” Bazelon writes about the problem of bullying and some of the myths that surround the...

  • School board race pits unions against billionaires

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 20, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Probably the greatest impact of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1 million gift last week to the Coalition for School Reform, an independent political group supporting a slate of three reform-minded candidates for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board seats, was on...

  • LAUSD OK’s English-Hebrew charter school

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 23, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has given a green light to a proposal for a dual-language charter elementary school to be located in Van Nuys offering classes in English and Hebrew. 

    Lashon Academy is the first Hebrew-language charter school to be approved by...

  • Jewish school lunch may be a mixed bag, but public school lunch is no picnic, either

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 14, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    As anyone who read the article in this week’s issue of The Journal about the dearth of healthy, hot and kosher lunches in Los Angeles Jewish schools learned, bringing a bagged lunch is probably the healthiest and best thing a parent can do for their children at lunchtime.

    But...

  • Save the Academic Decathlon

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 28, 2012 | 6:19 pm

    In a city where some of the very rich are willing to pay $1 billion-plus for the bankrupt Dodgers baseball team, why can’t anyone spare $500,000 to support an Academic Decathlon program that brings luster to the often criticized Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)?

    ...
  • Sexual abuse charges against a Hamilton High School teacher could lead to a swift dismissal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 3, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    A popular music teacher at Hamilton High School is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse.

    For 17 years, Vance Miller taught in the magnet music academy at the public high school, which is located near the Pico-Robertson neighborhood and attracts many Jewish students. Miller,...

  • Shorter summer challenges camps

    By Rachel Heller

    January 26, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    “Early-start” is finally starting.

    After delaying implementation of a new, earlier school calendar last year, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will begin classes three weeks sooner this fall for the majority of students.

    Caught in the middle are local summer...

  • Bill Boyarsky: LAUSD reaches out to middle class

    By Bill Boyarsky

    July 26, 2011 | 6:51 pm

    Los Angeles’ new school superintendent, John Deasy, says one of his top goals is to persuade middle-class families, including Jewish parents, to return to the Los Angeles public schools. “It’s one of the major projects I have to deliver,” he said.

    I interviewed Deasy last...

  • The Education of LAUSD’s Steve Zimmer

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    It’s been dark for almost five hours, the city has slowed, and even the 101 Freeway is sparse and quiet. Steve Zimmer has just wrapped his last appointment, but rushing home seems foolish when a rare sit-down dinner is an option. Most days Zimmer hardly notices how alone he is,...

  • Algebra teacher among LAUSD teachers of the year

    June 14, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    Zachary Weiss, an eighth-grade algebra teacher at Luther Burbank Learning Complex, last week was named a 2011-2012 LAUSD Teacher of the Year, along with 13 other district teachers at the elementary through high school level.

    Weiss, 35, who heads the math department at the Highland...

  • Galatzan’s Concern for Public Schools Is Personal, Too

    By Bill Boyarsky

    May 24, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    Much of the recent history of the Los Angeles Unified School District is also part of the past of Tamar Galatzan, who now sits on the governing board of that giant bureaucracy of a school district.

    She was a student at Hesby Elementary School in the San Fernando Valley when a court...

  • Save The Music

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 6, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Phil Donney, who graduated in 2006 from Hamilton High School’s Music Academy, home to many Jewish students as well as talented students throughout the city, has created this video in the face of huge looming cuts that threaten the very existence of the LAUSD public school Magnet...

  • LAUSD schools accountable to new law

    By Rachel Heller

    April 5, 2011 | 6:50 pm

    Los Angeles public schools could be poised for revolution due to a controversial state law gaining momentum locally.

    The landmark “Parent Trigger” law, passed by the California government in January 2010, grants parents at failing schools the power to force their district to...

  • LAUSD’s new calendar impacts camps, families

    By Rachel Heller

    January 25, 2011 | 6:27 pm

    This summer was going to be the one — the one when Prissi Cohen’s daughter, Tillie, would finally get to enroll with a friend in a late-summer overnight session at Camp Ramah. But now Cohen’s not so sure.

    If Tillie, 10, winds up going to a Los Angeles Unified School District...

  • LAUSD Students Protest Westside Pet Store

    April 20, 2010 | 6:40 pm

    “Shame, shame, shame! It’s time to go humane!”

    Protestors circled for an hour near the pet store Barkworks at the Westside Pavilion shopping center in West Los Angeles on April 17. Among the protest participants were 60 LAUSD high school students involved with YouTHink, an...

  • After-School Kabbalah Comes to LAUSD Campuses

    By Rachel Heller

    April 2, 2009 | 10:59 am

    Along with homework time, crafts and supervised games, grade school students in several Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools this spring are getting something different at their after-school programs: spiritual awareness.

    Dozens of San Fernando Valley children are...

  • Q&A with Howard Blume: What’s next for LAUSD with Brewer gone?

    By Julie G Fax

    December 18, 2008 | 2:01 am

    Last week the Los Angeles Unified School District board voted to spend more than $500,000 to buy out the two remaining years on the contract of Superintendent David L. Brewer III, a retired Navy vice admiral who took over the struggling district two years ago. Brewer's supporters...
  • Two LAUSD board members retire,  Friedlander wins Shoah scholarship prize

    November 12, 2008 | 11:46 pm

    Two L.A. School Board Members to Retire

    Veteran Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board members Julie Korenstein and Marlene Canter, both of whom are Jewish, announced in late October that they would not seek re-election for their terms, which expire in June.

    Korenstein has...

  • City Voice: Keep education in the spotlight

    By Bill Boyarsky

    February 28, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    After visiting a Los Angeles public charter high school where mostly poor and working-class young people receive an education, I went home and turned on the Democratic presidential debate and saw that the subject of public schools was hardly mentioned.

    I wasn't surprised. Although...

  • LAUSD president gets lesson in partnership

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa held a news conference on Friday, May 18, to announce his decision to end a yearlong legal battle to take control of Los Angeles schools, Board of Education President Marlene Canter was standing by his side.

    The show of unity -- Canter and...
  • Don’t Let Affirmative Action Fade

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Louisville, Ky., is a city divided between white and black, rich and poor; between the West End of town, where blacks live in camelback shotgun shacks and the East End, with its leafy neighborhoods of white gentility.

    But after decades of court-ordered school integration,...

  • Letters

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Truth on Schools

    Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's education deputy missed on all facts about LAUSD ("Competing Moments of Truth on Schools," April 14). His description of LAUSD's teachers, accountability and student performance bases itself on inaccuracies, myths and full-fledged...

  • Parent Wins School Pesticide Battle

    By Idan Ivri

    February 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A new law that bans that use of experimental pesticides in schools is the latest achievement of Robina Suwol, a Jewish anti-pesticide activist.

    The law, which took effect last month, grew out of a presentation two years ago before an L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) advisory...

  • Letters

    September 29, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Heartless Rav

    I support Rabbi David Wolpe's position entirely ("We Must Condemn Heartless Bilge," Sept. 16). Rav Ovadiah Yosef has made Israel look very bad. Why would a scholar of Israel speak such racism, a man of our ancient traditions who should have more respect for human...

  • Political Journal

    By Idan Ivri

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel School Teaches Peace Lesson

    Racially motivated brawls at Jefferson High School this spring made the school appear, at times, like a miniwar zone. Which makes it especially interesting that L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) officials are learning lessons from Israeli and...

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