ACLU Lawsuit Delivers for Students at 37 Schools

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Diana Rubio: Attorneys representing middle-school students who experienced huge teacher turnover due to budget-based layoffs have reached a historic agreement in the Reed v. State of California et al. lawsuit.

Why Mexicans Can’t Win: The Attack on Semillas Charter School

Marcos Aguilar, executive director and co-founder of Academia Semillas del Pueblo, talks with his wife, Minnie Ferguson, also a founder, during a fifth-grade class.

Rudy Acuña: The LAUSD dropped Semillas’ Charter largely on the recommendation of Superintendent John Deasy, who has very little professional background when it comes to Latino students.

Restorative Justice in Los Angeles Schools

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Diane Lefer: Full implementation of restorative justice will take years but LAUSD hopes to be a model for the nation in creating an educational climate in which students feel like valued members of the school community – open to learning academic subjects and life lessons in a way that is nurturing, respectful, and humane.

Housed Educators: Why Is LAUSD Scapegoating Teachers?

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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.

LAUSD Candidate Forum – Oct 17th

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LAUSD Candidate Forum – Tuesday, October 17th Meet the District 2 school board candidates, 3839 Selig Place, Los Angeles.

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

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.

Care to Talk about LAUSD Staff Disciplinary Process?

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Leonard Isenberg: If you are finding what Superintendent John Deasy is saying about the LAUSD disciplinary process to be something less than factual, now is your chance to have your say, while maintaining you anonymity.

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.

LAUSD Public School Choice: More Non-Reform

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Leonard Isenberg: What LAUSD says in terms of parent, teacher, and student input is belied by the reality of the clear legal language that again and again say the principal and superintendent maintain absolute control.

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.

Occupy LAUSD — Again!

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On Saturday, October 22, at 4:30 p.m., teachers from across California will walk from the California Teachers Association (CTA) conference at the Bonaventure Hotel to speak and rally at the site of the Occupy LAUSD encampment in front of LAUSD headquarters.

Hundreds March for Occupy LAUSD

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Marcy Winograd: Let our schools serve the 99% of students, parents, and teachers, not the 1% of billionaires. Protect and empower public education.

LAUSD’s Rubber Rooms

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Ron Lapekas: Ignoring the waste of resources this represents, the punitive nature of the rubber room means that people are being punished before they have been proved guilty.

No Money to Fix Public Education

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Leonard Isenberg: Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali tried the impossible task of trying to reconcile her optimism with her equally honest assessment that there was not only no money to fix public education, but even less in the future.

A.J. Duffy: Truly a Man for All Seasons

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Leonard Isenberg: It is the ultimate chutzpah for LAUSD to now laud the supposed achievements of its students, while turning a blind eye to the corruption that tries to sell this fraudulent result to the people of Los Angeles.

LAUSD and Green Dot Should Talk

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Leonard Isenberg: If children continue to suffer from poor nutrition, no early exposure to rich imagery, experience, and language, then they arrive at kindergarten already squarely behind the eight ball without millions of words that they have never heard.

LAUSD’s Apartheid Hall of Shame (Part One)

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Sikivu Hutchinson: In a district where black students are already presumed guilty until proven innocent, Gardena High School’s racially lopsided awards ceremony was not only criminal, it was yet another indication of how black students are still being systematically discarded, held hostage not only by blatant push-out strategies but by bogus reform that straightjackets children of color with one-size-fits-all bromides. Where is the outrage?

Ending Collective Bargaining for Teachers

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Leonard Eisenberg: So now you have no job, a mortgage to pay, a kid in college, and a wife who is pissed off and the possibility of spending well over $30,000 to prove that you are innocent, something that you always thought was presumed until the other side showed otherwise.

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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.

LAUSD, Charters, and Insanity

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Leonard Isenberg: Ex-LA Mayor Richard Riordan, who is now chairman of the board of cash-strapped ICEF Public Schools, is now in the process of trying to get his board to vote control of the charter’s 15 schools over to Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, another large, local charter-school group.

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.”

LAUSD “You Can’t Get There From Here”

Leonard Isenberg: What motivates me is something rather positive and comes from the fact that I am a product of what was best at LAUSD from 1952 until 1964, where I got an excellent education.

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.

Why LAUSD Does Not Work?

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Leonard isenberg: By what standard do people who continually fail to fix public education remain the leaders of public education reform

“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.

Mainstream Media Can’t Tell the Truth about LAUSD

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Leonard Isenberg: With a present ratio of four public relations people to every reporter in the U.S., I don’t think I will hold my breath for Connie Llanos of the Daily News to contact me any time soon about a real piece of old fashion investigative journalism

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?

A Crash Course for LAUSD’s New Superintendent John Deasy

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Leonard Isenberg: Superintendent Deasy is smart. I just haven’t figured out whether he is naive or ignorant about what is going on at LAUSD or he just hasn’t had the time to figure it out yet.

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