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.
Leonard Isenberg: Might it just be that the problem never was the teachers, but rather an entrenched and incestuous bureaucracy, where questioning clearly failed policy continues to be something that can get you fired as an administrator.
Leonard Isenberg: All the money in the world will not improve our junior colleges, colleges, and universities, if students continue to be socially promoted through K-12 education without the fundamental skills necessary to do college work.
Rosemary Jenkins: Deasy was so dismissive of the Board’s guidance (let alone input from the teachers, other school personnel unions, and the community) that he fashioned himself in the style of a dictator. And as a result, Calamity John became his own self-made disaster.
Karen Wolfe: If LAUSD wants the public’s support for billion-dollar expenditures, it needs the trust that is earned through the kind of scrutiny that Magruder was providing. His ouster will be yet another blow to public accountability in a school district that demands it from everyone but itself.