Why Teachers Teach

Why Teachers Teach

Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson: When I first became a teacher, I went into shock when I realized that not all schools were like the school that I had grown up with, that not all children were given the same opportunities that I was.

Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education

Rosemary Jenkins: We must never be guilty of dummying down our standards, but the standards must never be so draconian that many students would be discouraged from pursuing a meaningful education.

What the PUC Is Going on Here?

Ref Rodriguez

Hans Johnson and Hector Huezo: Rodriguez’ name and PUC financial management practices have come under scrutiny by the inspector general of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which oversees local charter schools.

Bennett Kayser for School Board

Bennett Kayser for School Board

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.

A Circular Argument on Impaction

CSUN Student Body

Rudy Acuña: My current dragon is Impaction, which is to limit the access of transfer and freshman admits over the next five years by 1 percent a year. That does not seem so severe, but for the fact that those most apt to be cut are Latinos and Blacks.

Do Profits Drive Desire for LAUSD Board Seat?

LAUSD Board

Robert D. Skeels: Most of the time the charter school industry’s corporate leadership is able to craft their messaging so as to distract the populace from the real purposes undergirding their projects. But occasionally, someone in their sector goes off script and tells the truth.

No TEST Left Behind

Elementary and Secondary Education Act

Steven Singer: Standardized test scores are highly correlated with a child’s parental income. Rich kids generally score highly and poor kids score lower. That’s what these tests measure – not academic achievement.