Ellen Lubic: Austin Beutner, who it is said acquired his billions on Wall Street as a hedge fund manager, along with other DFER billionaires like Wesley Tillson, learned from Rupert Murdoch how vast a wealth accumulator public schooling is in America.
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: Ref Rodriguez Surfs a Wave of Court Continuances That Deliver His Charter-Owned Vote to a Superintendent Anointed Behind Closed Doors
Ralph Erickson: So, why the dearth of presidential names among the new high schools? Is it some sinister liberal conspiracy?
Cindy Trillo: For many, getting out of their student loan debt is a distant dream. Those repayments not only take years to finally disappear from a budget but depending on the number of years studied, can also amount to many installments.
Carl Petersen: The LAUSD Charter School Division took the rare step of recommending that 14 charters be rejected by the LAUSD School Board. The crisis was avoided in last-minute negotiations that took place out of the view of the public.
Anastasia Bernoulli: We’re a tribal species, and we all think our tribe is the normal one because it’s the one we know best. If we had been born into different circumstances, a different tribe, we would think something else was the normal way.
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.
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.