Monica Garcia’s Fall from Grace

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Joseph F. Mailander: The fact of a sizable potential parental voting enfranchisement in a city of largely politically disenfranchised or disinterested citizens has remade outgoing LAUSD President Garcia into a burnt-out shooting star, hitched to the hopes of the most strident (and mostly Anglo) charter reformers.

LA Unified’s New Schools Linked to Better Elementary Student Performance

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Kathleen Maclay: Thousands of children moving into new elementary schools over the 2002-2008 construction period enjoyed strong achievement gains that equaled up to 35 additional days of instruction

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s Fairytale

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Leonard Isenberg: Harry Truman used to have a sign on his desk, “The buck stops here.” LAUSD’s John Deasy should have one on his desk, “The buck never stops here.”

LAUSD’s John Deasy Disses Parent Group

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Leonard Isenberg: What LAUSD has done is to front an alternative group called Parents as Equal Partners that it believes it can control, while arbitrarily and without legal authority disbanding DAC without even minimal guarantees of due process of law.

Los Ángeles 1% Maneuvers to Privatize Public Education

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John Cromshow: Privatizing education has two goals: 1) increase the number of charter schools; and, 2) weaken the teachers’ union.

Fox News and LAUSD

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Leonard Isenberg: Now since Mrs. Isenberg didn’t have any dummies for children, I wonder what Fox would want from me, since calling me a progressive would be a major understatement.

An Anti-Government Challenge

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Richard M. Mathews: Unless you are wearing 100% cotton made on the plantation you have had in the family for generations without the benefit of outside seed or fertilizer, the clothes have got to go.

LAUSD and UTLA Collude to End Collective Bargaining

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Lenny Isenberg: LAUSD may target you for removal, because you either refuse to go along with the longstanding and highly profitable financial scam they have been running for generations now called public education, aka minority daycare.

George Carlin Understood Why LAUSD Does Not Educate

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Leonard Isenberg: George Carlin puts it rather succinctly when he says, “They don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking.”

California Teacher Credentialing Corruption Ignored

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Leonard Isenberg: The preconceived “dominant narrative” that mainstream media is programmed to spew out all over this country that vilifies and lays all blame for bad public education on teachers is allowed to trump reality of corruption and fraud from LAUSD.

“I Don’t Have to Show You Latinos No Stinking Education”

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Leonard Isenberg: At the root of public education’s generational failure to educate Latino and Black students in this country is the unrelenting not so subliminal message that these young people are inferior and cannot learn.

It’s All About Expectations

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Leonard Isenberg: Could it be that LAUSD is a de facto racist institution that has no belief in the equal potential of its Latino and Black students and chooses to accommodate to their low level as a matter of course?

Will Black and Latino Parents Support a Boycott of LAUSD?

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Leonard Isenberg: Since LAUSD is only paid for physical presence of students at school, the mass exodus of students from LAUSD schools would have a profound effect on LAUSD’s ability to finance its failed and unaccountable public education policies.

LAUSD Releases Its Own “Value-Added” Rankings of Schools

Cynthia Liu: What’s troubling is that rhetoric surrounding use of student standardized test scores–even if student performance year-over-year is compared to eliminate external influences–appears to include other measures of teacher performance, yet those other measures have never been identified.

LAUSD – Egypt, Wisconsin, Hamilton High Walkout

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Something important took place Friday at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles. Students at the highly successful magnet school with excellent Humanities, Music, and Drama Magnets as well as six small learning communities who were threatened last week with the loss of 22 of their teachers decided to fight back. Using Facebook and other social […]

The Writer, Chapter 4: A Christmas Wish

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Dennis Danziger: Despite the frequent portraits drawn in film, television and literature of lawyers as thieves in Armani suits, I know most lawyers are tough, smart, and fight like hell for their clients. This is why I was disheartened when someone close to me needed his lawyer to come out swinging, but instead paid a pile of money to a criminal attorney who took a dive.

Los Angeles: Epicenter of High School Dropouts — Or Are They Pushed?

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Diane Lefer: Most kids who don’t finish haven’t “dropped out.” They’ve been “pushed out” by a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment, and removal that disproportionately affects children of color.

Parents & Community Involvement at Mt. Washington Elementary School – By Invitation Only

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Nina Zippay and Fernando J. Orozco: The parents in this complex and diverse system are firm believers in LAUSD’s mission: “to create critical thinkers prepared to participate in a diverse and complex society.” And it can’t get any more complex than LAUSD.

Oh, Bill O’Reilly — It’s “Our” Country, Too

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Tanya Acker: There are many among that celebrated group of “We the People” who are opposed to the Arizona law but who nonetheless remain deeply troubled by our broken immigration system. I am one of them and, frankly, I do not need to be lectured about the consequences of illegal immigration by Mr. O’Reilly or anyone else.

Why Marcy Winograd? A Personal Story

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I was a teenaged mother. Many said I was too young. Perhaps they were right. But, like any mother, I worked hard and sacrificed. It all paid off. Except for . . .

California Assembly Outdoes the LAUSD and City of L.A. in Sending Mixed Message with AB 1832

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Jasmyne A. Cannick: While Californians were fixated on Tiger Woods and the trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor Monday, the State Assembly took a unified step in stifling the voice of the People to bring about change

Creative Cuts, New Concepts for LA’s Schools

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Alfee Enciso: Ask any teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District if they would rather take a pay cut in the guise of furlough days or have five more students in their classes next year. Without a doubt, the latter would be the choice for the majority of our classroom instructors in LAUSD.

Weighing In On “Black Strategic Alternatives” For Education (and Anything Else)

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For the past three years, a group of black men within 100 Black Men of Los Angeles have been studying the successful publicly funded single-gender school of our New York chapter, The Eagle Academy for Excellence, as a possible solution to the dilemma facing black boys in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

LAUSD Canceling Summer School: Do We Really Want to Go There?

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The Superintendent of the second largest school district in the United States, Ray Cortines, recently announced that the Los Angeles Unified School District will be canceling summer school as a cost-cutting remedy for the district’s $400 million dollar budget shortfall. Who thought of this bright idea? Can the School Board really be serious? The city […]

Yolie Flores Aguilar: Where Los Angeles Schools Go From Here

Yolie Flores Aguilar, Los Angeles School Board member and long-time children’s advocate, thinks that the city’s school system will implode if something dramatic isn’t done—and soon. The ouster of Superintendent David Brewer is a regrettable, but necessary part of that change, in her view. Last weekend, we reported Brewer’s views on his ouster and the […]

Pentagon Targets African-American and Hispanic Kids to Fight Its Wars: Third in a Three-Part Series

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by Sherwood Ross – If African-Americans are overrepresented in the armed forces it is likely because of the military’s practice of “strategically targeting low-income youth and students of color,” the ACLU has found. Result: While African-Americans make up only 16% of the same-age civilian population, in 2006 they represented about 22% of enlisted Army personnel.