After winning a court order to improve academic conditions at one Los Angeles high school last fall, lawyers in a class action suit asked Thursday for an additional court order to compel the state to improve instruction time at five other California high schools in the 2015-16 school year.
As schools tout the importance of exercise in an era of childhood obesity, a California parent and his lawyer have agreed to a settlement with dozens of districts across California that will force elementary schools to prove they are providing at least the minimum amount of physical education required by state law.
While the leadership turmoil in the Los Angeles Unified School District has attracted widespread attention in recent months, short tenure is a prominent feature of California schools, especially in large urban districts.
Community groups in East and South Los Angeles have spent the past decade making L.A. Unified officials listen and respond to their needs, long before districts were required to do so under California’s new Local Control Funding Formula.
Jefferson High School in Los Angeles – where some students waited two months for their class schedules and were assigned to classes with no content, given menial administrative tasks or sent home early – may be an extreme example of lost instructional time but it is not an isolated case, according to a class-action lawsuit.
A state judge Wednesday ordered the California Department of Education to intervene at a south Los Angeles high school where some students have spent eight weeks in classes during which they received no instruction.
A new law that limits the use of “willful defiance” as a reason to expel or suspend students signifies a growing commitment on the part of the state to find more positive approaches to disciplining students.
Last spring more than 3 million students in California, the largest number ever to take an online test in the state, took field tests of new assessments aligned to the Common Core state standards without major technical breakdowns or system crashes, according to state officials.
More than 269,000 California public school students – about 4 percent of all students, double the national average – don’t have a consistent place to call home at night, according to a state report released Wednesday. More than half are in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.