Karen Wolfe: In my neighborhood, charter schools marketed themselves to white, middle class families as a way to send their kids to school without “those kids”.
Karen Wolfe: There are still LAUSD schools helping young people “engage in the argument” by restricting the free speech rights of students.
Karen Wolfe: The School District will not win public confidence in the next superintendent by turning over the important community engagement process to a cheerleader for the very agenda they claim to be fighting against.
Karen Wolfe: Kayser is being outspent by charters 9:1. But if every teacher who lives in Board District 5 brings in two votes, Bennett Kayser will win and, once again, people will win over corporate power.
Karen Wolfe: As the world reacts to the decision not to have a trial about the killing of Michael Brown, we see pictures and video that range from peaceful protest to enraged destruction. Online exchanges are getting heated, and some activists think words are too tame for what is happening.
Karen Wolfe: When did we start judging the value of something by whether we can inspire enough devotion among volunteers, rather than by whether we were willing to devote the necessary resources to it?
Karen Wolfe: If LAUSD wants the public’s support for billion-dollar expenditures, it needs the trust that is earned through the kind of scrutiny that Magruder was providing. His ouster will be yet another blow to public accountability in a school district that demands it from everyone but itself.
Karen Wolfe: The biggest lesson of the day was that education advocates should make sure their questions get asked and answered. In an election with plenty of issues, we need to make sure education doesn’t get lost in the shuffle.
Karen Wolfe: Tea partiers ideologically oppose just about any federal program–especially anything with the Obama name on it. But does political ideology explain liberals’ opposition to Common Core?