Monday, September 28, 2015



First Day Of School, Bus Stop, Back To School

September 28, 2015 10:46 AM  ::  LOS ANGELES ( — Officials with the Los Angeles Unified school district want to hear from parents on a range of proposed changes to the district’s academic calendar.

An LAUSD advisory committee is reportedly weighing options for six different plans for altering the current school year, including one which would see summer vacation cut down to five weeks while increasing the winter break to seven weeks, according to Los Angeles School Report.

Starting last week, Superintendent Ramon Cortines announced teachers and parents would be receiving robocalls to hear feedback on the school’s calendar year.

The survey asks five questions concerning several topics, including the start of the school year, the length of winter break, and finishing the first semester before the start of winter vacation, district officials said.

For decades, LAUSD students began the academic year in September following the Labor Day holiday until the school district moved up the start of classes to early August in 2012.

The robocalls will continue to go out until Tuesday, officials said.



I don’t know what’s worse:

  1. CBS re-reporting as “news” what they read on LA School Report. or
  2. Governance/Parent Engagement by robocall.

Calls are coming to ask about a new school calendar for LA Unified

by Mike Szymanski, LA School Report |

CortinesSkepticalPosted on September 25, 2015 12:38 pm  ::  If you’re an employee at LAUSD or have a child going to a school in the district, expect a call this weekend to ask about what your preference is for a new school calendar.

Last evening, Superintendent Ramon Cortines sent out a recorded robo-call that notified teachers and parents that the district will be making three attempts over the next four days to get input into the school calendar year. A district advisory committee is reviewing six different plans, including one that could result in only five weeks for summer break and seven weeks for winter break.

“Good evening,” said the robo-call with Cortines introducing himself. “The school district is planning the instructional calendar for the next three years.”

The phone survey promises only five questions. According to Ellen T. Morgan, a district spokeswoman, the questions concern the following topics:

  • Start of the school year
  • Length of the winter break
  • Importance on having elementary and secondary schools on the same calendar
  • Finishing the first semester before the winter break
  • Accommodation of enrichment and intervention programs

The calls will be made today through Tuesday, Sept. 29 and three attempts will be made. If someone answers the first time, the phone number will not be called again.



  • LA School Report: “5 weeks for summer break and 7 weeks for winter break? LAUSD considers it” |

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