Who Is LAUSD's Newest Superintendent? Meet Austin Beutner Being superintendent of the Los angeles Unified School District could well be America’s hardest public-sector job. Responsible for educating half a million kids, many of whom struggle to meet state math and English standards, in 1,200 schools and centers spread across 31 municipalities, LAUSD is a sprawling…
8 Fun Classes for Grownups With Back-to-School FOMO Like most of us, your social media feeds have probably become a steady stream of children standing beside school buses or holding chalkboard signs that say “Class of 2029!” (or some other impossibly futuristic graduation date). Yes, it’s back-to-school season and we recognize that you might be…
If the Strike Goes Into a Second Week, Teachers Say They're Ready“If it goes into next week, I need you to keep this in your mind: We have to last one day longer than Austin Beutner. We have to last one day longer than an investment banker. Can we do that?” Alex Caputo-Pearl , president of union…
How Proper Urban Planning Can Cure What Ails Los Angeles USC’S School of Architecture is known for producing one-of-a-kind thinkers—Paul Williams, Frank Gehry, and Thom Mayne are just a few of the visionaries who cut their teeth at the century-old institution. But Milton Curry, who was named dean in the spring of 2017, wants his…
What This Little L.A. Private School Has to Do with the Big College Admissions ScandalWest Hollywood College Preparatory School lies tucked away inside a drab, two-story peach colored building on the corner of Crescent Heights and Fountain. It’s a far cry from the sprawling, lavish campuses of private schools like Crossroads and Harvard Westlake, but…
A Racist Promposal at an East L.A. High School Is Part of a Gross TrendIn late April, a James A. Garfield High School senior asked a fellow student to prom using a poster that read, “Do you want to be like a n****r and hang at prom?” and featured a drawing of a tree with…
Disability College Admissions Accomodations Are Meant for Those in NeedThe college admissions scandal that broke last week revealed yet another way the wealthy manage to get a leg up. A college admissions coach named William “Rick” Singer is believed to have finagled rich kids into elite schools both by paying off athletic coaches to secure…
How UCLA Students Fought for—and Won—the Right to Shape Westwood's FutureWestwood can feel like a college town in the midst of a big city. UCLA’s 419-acre campus is the Westside neighborhood’s centerpiece, a hub of activity with 45,428 students, graduate students, and medical residents as of Fall 2017. But until recently, very few of those…
Maya Angelou Mural Festival Brings Out Shepard Fairey and MoreIt’s 5 p.m. on Monday, May 13, and there are so many students at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School that it feels like the start of the day. They’ve gathered for the kick-off of the Maya Angelou Mural Festival, the second event in a series…
Measure EE, the School-Funding Parcel Tax, Goes Down in FlamesIn January the city rallied around L.A.’s public school teachers when they staged a six-day strike in order to reach a deal with the Los Angeles Unified School District that included smaller class sizes and more resources for themselves and their students. But the public’s enthusiasm…
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