ast week, Michelle King was appointed superintendent of L.A. Unified, California’s largest school district. But can we really trust her to lead the Los Angeles schools? After all, she’s from Los Angeles. Actually, that understates how suspiciously local King is. As a child, she attended L.A. Unified schools. Then she got degrees from UCLA and […]
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.
Rosemary Jenkins: Parents, blinded perhaps by the good grades that many of their children receive, seem unaware of the trend away from the long-held and cherished tenets of public education.
Larry Wines: Beverley Hills, Burbank, and Glendale—all surrounded by LAUSD territory—each operate independent school districts and decided not to close their schools, feeling the threat was not directed toward their students or campuses.
Joshua Leibner: It is crucially important that Progressives fight hard for the pedagogy they believe in and call out Democrats who support the mainstream Republican education agenda.
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.
Leonard Isenberg: The willingness of minority leadership to sell out the inherent intelligence of Black and Latino children to assure that they never reach their potential is both deplorable and at the same time a negation of racism.
could just scream when I read about downward trends in California, let alone nationwide, when it comes to student-readiness for post-high school life. Not to be too simplistic, it seems to me that these latest dire predictions should be relatively easy to rebut and reverse. Perhaps, first and foremost, let’s throw out altogether a majority […]
Jose Lara: There is a growing national movement to stop to over testing of our children and you actually have the right to opt out to have your child in a meaningful educational experience instead of testing.
Leonard Isenberg: LAUSD’s witch hunt has been about money and has had nothing to do with “child safety” as claimed by both Superintendent Cortines and his predecessor and now Broad Foundation employee John Deasey.
Mario Solis-Marich: What I learned is that many people, organizations, and institutions base their political strategy on the fact that Latinos vote in numbers far below our potential.
Leonard Isenberg: Rather than once and for all fixing this longstanding and purposefully failed public education system, they have decided to “fix” the public education system by eliminating any objective standard of what is acceptable work.