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.
Diana Rubio: Attorneys representing middle-school students who experienced huge teacher turnover due to budget-based layoffs have reached a historic agreement in the Reed v. State of California et al. lawsuit.
Rudy Acuña: The LAUSD dropped Semillas’ Charter largely on the recommendation of Superintendent John Deasy, who has very little professional background when it comes to Latino students.
Diane Lefer: Full implementation of restorative justice will take years but LAUSD hopes to be a model for the nation in creating an educational climate in which students feel like valued members of the school community – open to learning academic subjects and life lessons in a way that is nurturing, respectful, and humane.
David Lyell: Propelled by private foundation money, District leadership and several School Board members have lobbied state and national legislators to gut seniority laws and have been trying to overwhelm UTLA with cases to defend.