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Stories by Kyle Stokes
LAUSD has struck a deal bringing in an outside school turnaround group to run 20th Street Elementary School, averting a protracted court battle.
District officials stitched together a balanced budget with the help of funds left over from last year, extra state revenue and a relatively small number of layoffs.
"The bottom falls out" of L.A. Unified's budget if voters do not extend tax hikes benefiting schools and health care programs, warns the school board's president.
The Class of 2016 is the first L.A. Unified has required to complete California's so-called "A-G" courses. Early figures show 74 percent of them passed.
The state has stayed a ruling that would've prompted L.A. Unified to shift millions into specialized programs for foster youth, English Learners and low-income students.
A judge ruled LA's largest charter school chain was wrong to block teachers union reps from its campuses. But the judge rejected some of the union's arguments, too.
In years past, evaluations caused bitter divisions between UTLA and the district. But the latest round of talks went off without a hitch. What's changed?
In siding with activists' complaints, the state has thrown a multi-million-dollar curveball into the late stages of L.A. Unified's budget process.
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said investigators had determined there was a homicide and suicide in an engineering building on the campus of UCLA Wednesday morning.
L.A. Unified says its insurers "abandoned the school district" after a $200 million settlement in 2014. Who should pay for the most recent $88 million payout?
At state lawmakers' direction, the state auditor will examine whether the Alliance charter school network used public funds to dissuade its teachers from unionizing.
Plaintiffs in the Vergara v. California lawsuit formally asked the state Supreme Court take up their case. But they're also pursuing a legislative route to changes.
The teachers union says charters cost L.A. Unified nearly $600 million. Charter school backers say the estimate is "riddled with inaccuracies." Who's right?
Superintendent Michelle King shared a list of priorities Wednesday — one of the clearest indications yet of how the she hopes to make her mark on L.A. Unified.
Students choosing to enroll in charter schools instead of LAUSD schools cost the district $508.2 million in net revenues, according to a report commissioned by the teachers union.