Joshua Liebner: Rodriguez has learned the hard way that he was played. He would eventually get sucked into the world of the corporate education reform where power players saw in the puppy-faced student a lamb who might succeed in the field of wolves.
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.
Sylvia Torres-Guillén and Harold Jordan: Trump’s plan will likely have a “net-widening” effect of unnecessarily bringing more students into conflict with police and school staff, students who are there to pursue future options in life, not to cause large-scale harm to the school community.
Frank Fear: In 2016-17, the median Power 5 conference graduation rate for Black basketball players was 35% lower than it was for those in the general student population and 15% lower than it was among White teammates.
While a few students find it difficult to remain involved in technology-enabled learning, technology is often the engine for keeping these same college students upon task.
Sara Roos: LAUSD is further asking its parents to encourage its kids not to walk out, not to honor their “colleagues” who died and call attention to their own jeopardy as sitting ducks in a fishbowl of an enclosed institution.
Sara Roos: The blot on Los Angeles’ public school board is unequivocal: it is disgraceful that Ref Rodriguez remains a member of LAUSD.
Frank Fear: Am I surprised? Certainly not. But I also know what they are up against. Those in charge will stall, divert, deflect, impede, and block.
Mian Azhar: The culture that includes our internal world is assessed not in the amount of basically read books, but rather in the amount of comprehended and accurately interpreted books.
Karen Wolfe: Tuck has the same pro-privatizing platform that voters rejected when he was defeated for the position four years ago, and it’s the same education platform of Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and John Kasich, and Vice President Mike Pence.
Frank Fear: There’s a big reason why so many politicians and businesspersons serve as college/university presidents and chancellors: In background and approach, they’re just like the trustees who hire them.
Charter School Co-Location — Chaos reigns within literally hundreds of LAUSD schools year after year as one set of institutions scrabbles for space that is vital for their operations, and another set of institutions fights to retain their physical and instructional integrity.
Mark Naison: At the root of this was the profoundly misguided notion that public school failure, was the primary reason for the rapid growth in racial and economic inequality in the United States in the last 40 years, and that “bad teachers” were the primary reason for “failing” schools.
Anabel Cooper: More than 70% of the US students need to apply for financial aid in order to be able to continue their education.