Danny Feingold: Superintendent Austin Beutner and his allies have made it clear they do not believe that the L.A. Unified School District in its current incarnation is worth investing in – or even preserving.
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.
Sara Roos: Working conditions for adults on campus are working conditions for children: they are one and the same.
Lois Weiner: Across the nation, from New Jersey to Louisiana, Massachusetts to Michigan, states have punished districts with low standardized test scores for students with “takeovers,” disenchfranchising low-income communities of color by denying them the right to have elected school boards.
Charles Jaco: Her entire right-wing worldview is on display in the gibberish that passes itself off as the Trump administration’s report on school safety.
Lauren Windsor: LAUSD, the second largest school system in the country, is wracked by declining student enrollment, rising pension and healthcare costs, and underperforming schools. Critics like UTLA say charter schools are exacerbating these problems.
Sara Roos: Now is the time for you to stand up, march and be counted. Now is when the big push is going down to privatize that Jewel in the Crown of Public Education: LAUSD.
Sikivu Hutchinson: When the pro-charter LAUSD school board majority appointed investment banker Austin Beutner to superintendent earlier this year it effectively declared war on schools of color and communities of color.
Arica L. Coleman: In all seriousness, I totally agree with you that some will dismiss me as disgruntled and emotional. As recently demonstrated, such reactions are reserved only for white male Supreme Court nominees.
Robert Skeels: Marshall Tuck is running for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction again, backed by the same ideologically charged billionaires as the last time — several of whom supported reactionary measures like Proposition 8.
Betty Hung: As an Asian American woman, I refuse to be used by conservatives who are trying to exploit Asian Americans as a wedge in their efforts to abolish affirmative action in university admissions.
Formed in 1994 in response to the anti-immigrant state proposition 187 when Pete Wilson was governor, ¡No Te Dejes! has held voter registration drives, candidate forms and panel interviews similar to this one for over twenty years.
Marcy Winograd: Thurmond has spent his years in the state legislature successfully passing legislation to provide millions of dollars to school districts to keep kids in school and out of the criminal justice system.
Lawrence Wittner: This huge spike in the cost of a college education has had a devastating effect upon educational opportunity. Unable to afford college, many young people never attend it or drop out at some point.