Commentary: Let’s make teacher tenure meaningful
By Phylis Hoffman I was glad when I received tenure in LAUSD. I was also surprised. As a new teacher in LAUSD, I had no idea I was under evaluation for tenure until that moment. Suddenly, the code on my paycheck changed, notifying me I’d been granted the permanent status known as tenure. I’d been...
By Guest Contributor | March 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Supreme Court sets new standard for special ed, unanimously rejects minimal school progress
A united Supreme Court Wednesday set a new, more rigorous standard for special education services in the United States. The unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District will require school districts to offer individualized education programs “reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.” An attorney for the...
By Carolyn Phenicie | March 22, 2017 11:41 am
Special series from CCSA and live stream: 3 new essays on America’s misleading charter school narrative
This morning, The 74 CEO Romy Drucker will be moderating a panel at the 24th annual California Charter School Conference in Sacramento about how the mainstream press covers, and occasionally distorts, America’s charter schools sector. You can stream the event live here, beginning at 10:45 a.m.: Ahead of the conversation, three of today’s panelists have published a special...
By LA School Report | March 22, 2017 7:18 am
New teacher retention at a record high: LAUSD is keeping 98 percent of its teachers
LA Unified is retaining a record-high 98 percent of its new teachers, according to a report presented Tuesday. But as administrative positions are cut, some are concerned that the district’s support staff for those new teachers will be spread too thin. “You are doing an amazing job with what you have,” school board member Richard Vladovic...
By Mike Szymanski | March 21, 2017 4:39 pm
Final election results show voter turnout in LA races was 21 percent
The final votes in the March 7 primary election have been tallied and the results show about 21 percent of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots, LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said Tuesday. Turnout countywide was 17 percent. Only one of the three seats up for election on the LA Unified school board was...
By Sarah Favot | March 21, 2017 2:18 pm
Petruzzi: As ESSA scales down federal oversight, educators and local leaders must rise to the challenge
By Marco Petruzzi In today’s world of frenzied news alerts from the D.C. bubble, speculation about the new administration and persisting education debates make it easy to forget that out here in the real world, education leaders and local communities are quietly moving forward adapting new federal guidelines designed to help ensure access to a quality...
By Guest Contributor | March 21, 2017 7:48 am
Morning Read: The $2.7 billion price tag of California’s suspension rate — and 6 more stories
Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day: Suspensions Can Cost Billions, Calif. Study Finds A growing cadre of public policy researchers and lawmakers agree that school discipline rates remain high for black and Hispanic students, and those with disabilities, but a study from the University of California takes it a step further...
By LA School Report | March 21, 2017 6:00 am
New bill would extend teacher tenure in California from 2 to 3 years
After suffering years of defeat through failed legislation, a high-profile lawsuit and a ballot proposition, advocates of teacher tenure reform in California will make another attempt with a bill introduced Monday that this time was crafted with wide input from teachers statewide. The proposed change, extending the probationary period from two to three years, would...
By Sarah Favot | March 20, 2017 6:31 pm
I’m not a Trump guy! Nick Melvoin wants to meet as many voters as possible to set the record straight before May’s general election
A black-and-white photograph of President John F. Kennedy hangs on the wall of Nick Melvoin’s small office, which is the nerve center of his campaign headquarters in Venice’s trendy tech neighborhood. Kennedy’s on the phone, one hand covering part of his pained face. Melvoin, 31, often looks up from his folding-table desk at the iconic photo...
By Sarah Favot | March 17, 2017 4:23 pm
Commentary: Why parent choice matters
By Hilda Torres There’s a growing debate here in Southern California as to whether public charter schools are making positive impacts in our communities. As a single mother of a student attending Celerity Dyad Charter School, I am pleased with my decision to choose the school that fits best for my family. I know LAUSD schools well and the...
By Guest Contributor | March 17, 2017 9:13 am