About David Lyell

David Lyell is a 13-year veteran LAUSD teacher, and secretary of United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA).
David was one of six activists to march the entire 352-miles from Bakersfield to Sacramento from March 5 to April 21, 2010 as part of The March For California's Future, a diverse coalition of labor, faith, parents, educators and children calling for tax fairness and adequate funding for public education and essential public services in California.
David has blogged for the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism's Intersections SouthLA, as a free-lance reporter and photographer for a defunct cycling publication in Southern California, Southwest Cycling, and also wrote for another shuttered newspaper, The Peninsula Times Tribune.

Would You Like Fries With Your iPad?


David Lyell: Taking tests doesn’t really teach you anything other than how to press a button or how to fill in a bubble.

All We Are Saying…Is Give Students a Chance


LAUSD School Reforms — You weren’t actually going to suggest the solution to bridging the achievement gap is smaller class sizes, were you?

Could an iPad Replace LAUSD Superintendent Deasy?


David Lyell: LAUSD also continues to seem to be targeting teachers for dismissal who are at or near vesting accrual of life-time health benefits, and employees who have been accused and cleared of wrongdoing are rarely returned to the classroom—all under the guise of protecting students.

Housed Educators: Why Is LAUSD Scapegoating Teachers?


David Lyell: Propelled by private foundation money, District leadership and several School Board members have lobbied state and national legislators to gut seniority laws and have been trying to overwhelm UTLA with cases to defend.

Test Mania: A School Is Not a Spreadsheet

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David Lyell: The current LAUSD school board majority needs to remember that the immeasurable elements of nurturing, protecting, and fostering growth and development in every single child are qualities that simply can not be quantified in a score.

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