LAUSD Education Matters: Tracking the Nation's Second-Largest School System
Former basketball coach Joseph Kikuchi is convicted of sexual abuse of teenage player

Joseph Kikuchi, a former high school basketball coach in Alhambra, was convicted Wednesday of sexually abusing a female player.

Kikuchi, 57, pleaded no contest to 23 counts of sexual abuse of a minor. He did not reach a settlement agreement with prosecutors, but the open plea means he won’t go through the trial process.

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A year in, L.A. Unified's insider superintendent has made no big waves

For months after she was named superintendent of the nation’s second-largest school system, Michelle King borrowed a strategy new politicians use to get the lay of the land: She traversed the territory on a “listen and learn” tour.

Although she had been working in the district for 31 years, she held town halls in Pacoima, Huntington Park and Cypress Park.

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L.A. Unified board unable to settle on long-term school calendar plan

Los Angeles Unified students will start school in mid-August and get three weeks off during the winter — for now. 

The Board of Education signaled doubts in its thinking on the school calendar yet again Tuesday night, approving only one more year of the current schedule instead of three.

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Grading L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King

L.A. Unified Supt. Michelle King has been in office for a year.

But figuring out how to assess her performance on the job is difficult.

The school board, in selecting King, did not specify particular measures by which it would evaluate her, and the plans she has made thus far have been broad.

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County board overrules LAUSD to keep the embattled Magnolia charter schools open

A little-known county board overruled its own staff and the powerful Los Angeles Unified School District this week to allow three embattled charter schools to remain open.

The reprieve represents a full turnabout for Magnolia Public Schools, which faced the shutdown of its campuses after L.A. Unified moved against them in October. 

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Report on L.A. school shutdown shows confusion over who was in charge, technology shortcomings

An internal report on last year's unprecedented one-day shutdown of Los Angeles schools due to a terrorist threat reveals a confused chain of command among school district and city officials that hampered their ability to quickly and decisively evaluate the risk.

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