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School districts weigh health risks and costs of reopening in the fall

Jul 14, 2020
The LA Unified School District, the second-largest in the country, will go online-only in the fall.
The Los Angeles Unified School District, which is sticking with online classes come August, has over 600,000 students. Testing them for COVID-19 could cost $300 per student over the year.
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LA teachers are striking against the school district, but it is the state that controls the purse strings

Jan 14, 2019
California is unusual in that the bulk of education funding comes from the state budget
Thousands of teachers march in the rain through Los Angeles on Monday, on the first day of the first teachers strike in 30 years targeting the Los Angeles Unified School District.
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Why would a former investment banker want to run Los Angeles schools?

May 4, 2018
Austin Beutner is a former investment banker, deputy mayor and publisher. We asked him about what he brings to LAUSD.
“Schools don't have a bottom line, but that doesn't mean you can't measure and hold accountable,” Austin Beutner says. Above, he attends the Alliance for Children's Rights 25th Anniversary Celebration in Beverly Hills, California.
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Los Angeles schools closed after attack threat

Dec 15, 2015
The Los Angeles School District today closed schools to protect students and employees' safety.

Confusion over computers in the classroom

Apr 16, 2015
LAUSD wants its money back for iPads loaded with Pearson software that is sub-par.

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Fighting the classroom tech war in Los Angeles

Jul 2, 2014
L.A.'s largest school district opens its doors to more than the iPad.

The real cost of connecting a school to Wi-Fi

Feb 3, 2014
The federal government is shelling out more than $2 billion so more public school students can get online. But it's costly to add Wi-Fi.