Frank Fear: We whiffed on a critical feature of the malaise, that is, the epicenter’s location—major schools—with money, action, and nooks and crannies to hide things. It’s where ‘gamers’ play and get into trouble when avarice, the abdication of core values, and situational ethics prevail.
Is the US system of public education in crisis? Many say the answer to that question is no. But almost all agree that we have two systems of public education in the United States - one based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs and another that is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas. One is, unarguably in crisis. The other is not. These articles discuss the root causes and possible solutions.
Robin Urevich: Restorative justice remains a new way of thinking for Los Angeles’ 1,300 public schools — even as administrators continue to call the cops on troublesome students.
Lawrence Wittner: Among those American students who do manage to attend college, the soaring cost of higher education is channeling them away from their studies and into jobs that will help cover their expenses.
Robin Urevich: Los Angeles charters suspended black students at almost three times the rate of traditional schools; students with disabilities were suspended at nearly four times the non-charter school rate.
Pastor William Smart: This one African American opened his heart to give $40 million to pay off the graduating class’s entire college loan debt, allowing them to start their post-college careers unencumbered by debt and challenging them to pay it forward.
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.
Cheryl Dorsey: It was rumored in hushed corners in dark places within the Beaudry building that Ekchian was given the second highest ranking position at the LAUSD to placate her for being passed over for superintendent job.
Joe Mathews: While we Angelenos often take the place for granted—it’s our local UC and feels like it’s been around forever—UCLA is actually one of the world’s youngest elite universities.
Joe Mathews: As the state moves testing and homework online, parents are losing the battle against screen time.
Jeff Bryant: Despite the decades-long effort to privatize Milwaukee’s local school, recent events in that community have revealed how public school advocates can successfully fight back against the forces of privatization.
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.
Tom Hall: In four weeks, we will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, and will lament how long the stony road stretches before us until that decision becomes more real than aspirational. The paths of the cases that combined to become Brown are as relevant today as they were in the early 50s.
Jeff Bryant: DeVos’ lame defense of the federal government’s charter school grant program before Congress should draw more scrutiny of the program rather than alleviate concerns.