New Fall Webinar Lineup! Launching This Friday OCT 15!

Just in time for the Fall LAUSD public school Choices or “Universal Enrollment” lotteries, I’m rolling out a series of webinars breaking down exactly what you need to know in order to successfully navigate the complex menu of public school options here in Los Angeles. These are live, interactive webinars with Q&A. If you can’t make the live, or want to review the material again, each ticket comes with a 7-day replay, so you can watch it when it’s convenient for you.

Click on the webinar picture you want to purchase. After checkout you will be taken to Zoom to complete your registration. Don’t skip that step or you will miss out. To view the whole GoMamaGuide webinar series in more detail, visit: https://gomamaguide.com/store/webinars

Mastering Magnets: Everything You Need to Know (Those Points!)
Friday, October 15, 2021
12p
$35

TICKETS


Kindergarten 101:
Know Your Public Options
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
12p
$35

TICKETS

Understanding Gifted Options
SAS, GHA, HG, HGA, IHP…
Thursday, October 21, 2021
12p
$35

TICKETS

Middle School Madness
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
12p
$35

TICKETS

All webinar tickets come with a 7-day replay.
View the whole GoMamaGuide webinar series

Choices Accept/Decline Deadline Extended One Week; Waitlisted Webinar Weds April 7

Heads up! LAUSD has extended the Choices Accept/Decline Deadline by one week to Friday, April 16th. That means that those lucky winners have more time to mull over their offers, head over to their dashboard, and make their decisions. It also means that you waitlisted folks will be hanging on a week longer, because those lists won’t start to move now until AFTER April 16th. Waitlists will continue to move through the spring, summer, and up through the 4th week of school.

(LAUSD “Fall” start date still tbd…Aug 3, Aug 10, Aug 17??? Stay tuned. Or read THIS.)

In the interim, I have rescheduled my WAITLISTED? Now What! webinar for Wednesday, April 7th at 12p. In this 60 minute webinar, I’ll walk you through how to navigate multiple offers in multiple categories, how certain offers impact other offers, what happens when you’re waitlisted everywhere, late offers, creating a back-up plan, and basically how to mentally prep for and survive LA’s public school Lotterypalooza. This is a live event and I will be taking your questions. *Recommended for all lottery-playing parents.

Waitlisted! Now What?
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12p

$35

Grab your seat HERE.

Middle School Webinar This Thurs 12p

Thought Choosing a Kinder was hard? Yikes, Middle School!
Seats still available for this Thursday’s Middle School Madness webinar.

In this 60 minute live webinar we’ll break it all down. When to begin the process, Magnets and “That Point Strategy” demystified, Charters and other specialized programs, and we’ll talk about ‘tween fit. Live Q&A. *Strongly Recommended for 2nd-5th grade parents! 

Grab your seat HERE.

Can’t make the live event? Need to go over it again? No worries.
A pre-paid ticket* gets you the replay for a full 7 days afterward. 

Quick Video About Lottery Results

Hi folks,

Today is the day the initial LAUSD Choices lottery results come out. I just made a quick vid about it below. So if you haven’t already, check your dashboard by logging into either:

echoices.lausd.net

apply.lausd.net

Log in by hitting the apply button upper right, then once logged in hit the bell icon upper right to view your results, the “notification letter.”

Also, if you’re on Clubhouse, join MotherbirdLA‘s Mia and I tomorrow, Tuesday, March 16 at 8p for a “Wine and Whine” about lottery results. We’ll be live and talking to you about public schools, lotteries, waitlists and whatever else we want to whine about. Join us.

https://www.joinclubhouse.com/event/mWVXJnwL

MotherbirdLA Chats About Public Schools in Los Angeles with Tanya Anton of GoMamaGuide

MotherbirdLA Podcast
Thrilled to be one of the first to help launch Mia Sable Hays’ new MotherbirdLA podcast series.

Schools. Seemingly such a simple topic, yet inevitably so complex.

We sat down to discuss finding a public elementary school in Los Angeles as new mothers often do, and the convo took a deeper dive into the intersection of history, politics, money, real estate, and the various choices in today’s public education landscape. Pour a cuppa something and join us for our chat, “Explaining Public, Magnet, & Charter Schools in LA.” You’ll definitely want to subscribe to the Motherbird series, including taking a glimpse into LA’s private school world with Beyond The Brochure’s Christina Simon, among others.

MotherbirdLA
https://www.motherbirdla.com/shownotes

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Just released! GoMamaGuide to LAUSD: Biggest Guide Yet!

It’s HERE!

New for the 2020-2021 School Year!

Just in time for the lotteries!

Packed with information yet delivered in easily understood bite-sized pieces. Get the Big Guide to LAUSD. Covers every region within LAUSD: North, South, East and West!

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The Latest Elementary School Edition
GoMamaGuide to LAUSD 

LA Public Schools Demystified

by Tanya Anton

* Offers a thorough understanding of ALL your LAUSD public school options
* Outlines how (and when) to tackle each type of application process
* The latest changes to the eChoices lotteries for 2020-2021!
* Magnets and “The Point System” demystified
* The difference between Affiliated and Independent Charter schools
* Dual Language Immersions, Gifted, SAS, Open Enrollment, and other options
* Permitting in and out of District
* How to tour: what to look for in a school and more
* Learn how to expertly navigate schools in LAUSD!

Includes:
* Complete List of All LAUSD Public Elementary Schools (sorted by category and local district) 
* Handy month-by-month Application Timeline
* Evaluating Your Priorities Exercise
* Bonus Materials, Charts, and Resources
* Nearly 75 pages!
* All this for only $30 – less than what you’d spend at a Happy Hour!
* No need to leave home — Guidebook shipped to your door!

Note: Individual schools are not ranked or profiled. For individual assistance, and to find the best fit schools for your child, please consider booking a consultation with me.

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Last Webinar for 2019! (Those Points!)

For those of you who missed my September GoMamaGuide Webinar series, I will be offering my most requested webinar, Mastering Magnets: (Those Points!) one more time, just in time for the LAUSD eChoices deadline, where we go through that weighted magnet points system step-by-step and break it all down, so even YOU can understand how to do it. *Strongly recommended for parents with 2nd-8th graders

The Mastering Magnets webinar will be held this Tuesday, October 29th at noon. But if you can’t make the live date, no worries, a pre-paid ticket will get you the replay for a full 10 days afterward, so you can watch or review it again at your leisure.

[Click on image to register.]

This is a live event. I will be taking your questions in real time, or you can email me your related questions in advance.

To register for the webinar, just click on the image.
A pre-paid ticket* gets you the replay for a full 10 days afterward.
*Tickets MUST be purchased in advance of the start time in order to participate and get the replay. (Sorry, the replay will not be available for purchase at a later date.)

As always, if you find you need immediate assistance, we can always set up a phone or in-home consultation.

Fresh Webinars Just Added!

You’ve been asking, and I heard you. Introducing a fresh new GoMamaGuide Webinar series just in time for fall admissions season.

I’d like to think I’ve got you covered with all of these. There are TWO dates coming right up THIS WEEK for my most popular topic, Kinder 101: Know Your Public School Options. This is the talk I’ve been giving to LA parents for over a decade. I’ve scheduled one for this Wednesday at noon, and the other one for this Thursday at 7p. But if you can’t make either date, no worries, a pre-paid ticket will get you the replay for a full 7 days afterward, so you can watch or review at your leisure.

[Each image links to its corresponding registration page, so click on the one you want.]

And if you’ve mastered elementary school admissions, but are already starting to panic about your Middle School options, this one’s for you. Middle School Madness. I’ll walk you through the process because it’s never too early to work on your long-range strategy.

Gearing up for the upcoming eChoices application in October, I’ll be leading my thoroughly informative Mastering Magnets webinar, where we go through that weighted points system step-by-step and break it all down, so even YOU can understand how to do it.

Rounding up the series this month is the webinar on Understanding Gifted Options, and how to navigate that world. Yes, even for Kindergarteners. We’ll break down those acronyms…LAUSD LOVES their acronyms!

As with all of these webinars, there’ll be a live Q&A during the event, or you can email me your related questions in advance. Watch from the comfort of your own home or office, and check out the replay* for a full 7 days afterwards at your convenience. I love the no driving, no parking, no need to coordinate childcare factor with these webinars. Makes it super easy for both of us!

To register for a webinar, just click on the corresponding image.
A pre-paid ticket* gets you the replay for a full 7 days afterward.
*(Replay only available to pre-paid ticket holders. Tickets not available once the webinar starts.)

Oh, and for those of you who are asking, I am currently working on the latest up-to-date edition of “The GoMamaGuide to LAUSD” guidebook. Stay tuned for a fall release date announced soon and thanks for your patience.

Hope to see you on one of these events! As always, if you find you need immediate assistance, we can always set up a phone or in-home consultation.

eChoices Deadline This Friday, Nov 9 at 5p!

5 LAUSD Programs, 1 Application.

Due by 5p this Friday, November 9, 2018.

New Deadline: Friday, November 16, 2018.

Go to: echoices.lausd.net or apply.lausd.net

If you are considering Magnets, Dual Language programs, SAS/Schools For Advanced Studies programs (no, it’s not due in March anymore), PWT/Permits With Transportation, and the newly coined programs called Admission Criteria Schools for next fall, then get those applications in NOW!

You can go up and edit your application as many times as you like between now and 5p on Friday, but whatever is listed on your application at the deadline is what will be submitted.

Your Verification of Eligibility Forms and Kindergarten Readiness Checklist Forms for Gifted/SAS Programs also need to be RECEIVED by 5p this next Friday.

Should you miss this deadline and submit a late application in February, Magnet folks will forfeit the opportunity to collect any waitlist points. You will also run the risk of not getting into the more competitive programs. Just get it in on time.

Got questions? If you need a last-minute consult to review your app or strategy, I have a block of 30 min phone consultations available between 9a and 4p through Friday afternoon. You can grab your call with me here: https://gomamaguide.com/store/phone-consultations/

I turn into a pumpkin Friday at 5:01p.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will There Be A Strike? What Happens Then?

If you haven’t heard, there’s been quite a bit of rumor swirling around about a potential teachers strike as LAUSD and UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles) hash out their labor negotiations. What does this mean? What will happen? When will it happen? What happens to my kids’ school if there’s a strike? What if I have to work when there’s a strike? Will schools shut down? Who’ll watch my kids???

I know. I know. So many questions, so many unknowns. These are good questions. All of them. For all of us.

I received the following additional questions from a working mom today, which made me decide to tackle these questions and share my response more widely with all of you parents in the hopes that it provide you with some understanding of where we are at currently with this pending situation.

Q: As you have heard, the LAUSD is possibly going on strike. We have been told by the principal that they will still have classes that will be combined and taught by administrators should there be a strike. Further, they are saying that if we do not attend these classes that our son would be marked as absent. This seems illegal to me. Do you know who I can contact that would know about whether or not some of these suggested strike actions are legal?
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Ok, let’s dive into this.
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In a perfect world, LAUSD and UTLA will be able to settle their differences, and come up with a workable solution through the mediation process they are currently going through, and avoid a strike altogether. However, UTLA’s members have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, and if they feel they need to use that tactic to get what they want, they have agreed to stand together should their leaders enact that option. Latest word I heard was that if it did happen, the strike wouldn’t be until December, but who knows. The negotiations are done privately. At any point if the mediation process breaks down, then yes, a strike is a definite possibility.

Meanwhile, LAUSD, and specifically LAUSD School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, have assured me that should there be a strike, schools will NOT be shut down, they will bring in subs or whomever they can (administrators) to keep schools in session.

Also, understand that schools get paid by their ADA – Average Daily Attendance – money. This is just a fact of how schools are funded in our California public school system, which is why they are so adamant that attendance stay high, and if your child is not in school, why they insist you bring a doctor’s note or legitimate written excuse so they can still collect the daily attendance dollars. If a child is marked absent without an excuse, called an “unexcused absence,” schools are docked that child’s ADA amount for that day. So cumulatively, they are losing a lot of money due to absences. And this is why, at the end of the year if your child has more than 7 unexcused absences (you forgot to send the note!) they send you some threatening letter with a bunch of legalese under threat of prosecution that it is your parental responsibility to get your child to school or they will sue you. It’s all about money. And they are serious. [You can read all about excused and unexcused absences and attendance and Ed Code in this handy LAUSD tome, “School Attendance – A Parents Guide.” Or how chronically absent students cost a district millions of dollars here. And read the CA Legislative Analyst’s Office 2018 Update of K-12 Student Attendance and Funding.]

So, back to the labor issue. If there’s a strike and the majority of students walk out too – schools will not be getting paid their ADA funds multiplied by all the students who are absent during a strike. Meaning, the strike will not only affect teachers who will lose teacher pay for each day gone, but school budgets will also be impacted with lost ADA funds each day a strike wages on and students do not attend. It is NOT a win-win. It is quite a lose-lose for everyone, unless UTLA and LAUSD can end up cutting a deal they can live with and UTLA calls off the strike threat.

Complicating matters is that with the rising fiscal cliff of unpaid health and pension benefits careening towards LAUSD, taking up a significant portion of the annual operating budget and driving them towards near insolvency, if LAUSD doesn’t balance their budget, the State and County have already come knocking twice to warn LAUSD that they WILL take over if they cut a deal with UTLA that they cannot afford. So it is a dramatic time right now as both sides continue the mediation process. A process which is done between the negotiating partners, which we-the-people-the-stakeholders have no say or control over.

It’s worth mentioning that since Independent Charters have the flexibility to hire and fire and negotiate their own staff’s benefit packages directly, and have the autonomy to manage their own budgets and governance decisions, they will NOT be impacted at all should there be a strike.

But LAUSD neighborhood schools, Affiliated Converted Charter schools, Magnets, Dual Language Programs, Schools For Advanced Studies (SAS) Programs, Small Learning Communities (SLCs), Academic Criteria Schools (ACS), as well as other Specialized Academies within LAUSD, will ALL be impacted by these negotiations and potential strike.

I hope this explanation helps you understand the process and ramifications. I am holding hope that the strike is avoided and a settlement can be reached. For all our sakes.