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.
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.
Joshua Leibner: Progressive Democrats can no longer pretend that the Democrats who support (and are supported by) billionaire Ed Reform are anything but rapacious destructors of the very definition of public education.
Ellen Lubic: The operant question seems to be, why are there so many Americans who are willing to support Trump, who seems to be a distorted and uninformed clown, a showman and greed merchant, and who seems proud of his ignorance and is so egocentric that he does not even want to learn? Trump Ignoramus
Ellen Lubic: They call the schools “public” but the only thing public about them is that they are paid for by the American taxpayer public. Other than that, these charter schools have no oversight by real educators and education administrators
Ellen Lubic: This huge LAUSD enterprise, with a yearly budget of over $7 billion, has been mired in confusion, corruption, and inefficiency for many decades, and seems not to be manageable.
Karen Wolfe: The School District will not win public confidence in the next superintendent by turning over the important community engagement process to a cheerleader for the very agenda they claim to be fighting against.
Lauren Steiner: Education is not a business. It is a public institution which must not be privatized like so many other public institutions, services and resources have been in the neoliberal society we live in today.
Good Grief: Who’s Going to Cover LA Now? The LA Media Reform Group’s 6th Annual media conference at Occidental College takes place Saturday, April 27th
Peter Dreier: The Zimmer-Anderson school board race attracted national attention, including articles in the New York Times, because it was seen as a test of the effort by corporate power-brokers to run schools like businesses, a strategy that they and the media misleadingly call “school reform.”
Peter Dreier: The outcome of Tuesday’s LA School Board District 4 election has national implications in terms of the billionaires’ battle to reconstruct public education in the corporate mold.
Mark Naison: Teach For America has done NOTHING to improve the quality of the teaching profession. And their policies are symptomatic of an ideological trap that all Education Reformers have fallen into.
Ron Kaye: Antonio Villaraigosa once held the promise of being the leader who could bring us to this promised land. Maybe he still can but not as long as keeps on looking to enrich his friends and allies at the expense of others, not as long as keeps looking for his next job, not as long as travels the world rather than attending to his duties, not as long as he keeps thinking the people are fools who will fall for hollow promises.