Sara Roos: The race has been quiet because Mr. Schmerelson is well-qualified as a current board member and former educator and unencumbered by overt scandal; a clear contrast with his opponent who is not an educator but rather an administrator working in Education.
Sara Roos: Campaign donations can be useful indicators of “who” a candidate is, where and among whom their support lies; who considers them a worthy early investment, who chips in downstream.
Sara Roos: This highly-vaunted “growth data” they crusade for is a variant of the data manipulation enlisted by the same legions of “quants” arguing how best to maximize their personal stock portfolio.
Sara Roos: The School Performance Framework would cough up a single number just like Yelp does, but it’s derived completely differently.
Sara Roos: Questioned by a parent about outreach sharply, a District official explained that only parents already engaged with elite, District-level councils were notified during this holiday period.
Sara Roos: Sifting through 2G of charter operator Green Dot’s publicly released emails, reveals nuggets about charter operations, operatives and strategy. Exposed is language that is essentially anti-union and anti-regulation. And a strategy to keep reincarnating lobby groups in new and different formats just in case the drumbeat might be missed.
Sara Roos: A few schools raise funds prodigiously and exclusively for their pupils to be sure, but most schools raise nothing at all. The entire practice is tremendously inequitable and inefficient; the expectation is socially and perhaps academically destructive.
Sara Roos: The idea of integration is good, but the practice of achieving it among competing priorities is tricky. Consider that charter schools may superimpose passive filtering on the workings of LAUSD’s public education system.
Sara Roos: This measure has made for some very strange bed-fellows. But that shouldn’t affect support for properly funding public education. Fair is fair.
Sara Roos: There is no way that spending ungodly sums on persuasion and trickery is in the best interests of anyone but those with something to hide.
Sara Roos: Accepting money from charter ideologues despite a few early, high-profile give-backs, belies the claim that she is not charter-aligned.
Sara Roos: From nowhere these usurpers have constituted a whole new economy, transforming what was formerly the people’s prerogative educating human beings and citizens, into a private dynamo generating paper-profit simply by transferring public tax dollars to private coffers.
Sara Roos: The only difference between me and them is that they have more money to do the job we are all exhorted to do, to scrub the path for our children and support them in any way possible.