Parent power: The secret weapon that swept in change for public education in Los Angeles
Many point to record outside spending for the vote this month that brought a new pro-reform majority to the LA Unified school board. But what really made the difference is a groundswell of parent power as more than 2,500 parents were galvanized to usher in change. Hundreds of parents in the predominantly Latino east San Fernando...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 25, 2017 4:41 pm
LA leads nation with most new National Board Certified teachers. So move them to low-performing schools, school board member says
More new teachers in LA Unified are certified by a national teacher accreditation program than any other district in the nation, and it costs the district $12.6 million annually in salary boosts. But, if they’re so good, those highly trained teachers need to be used better in the academically struggling school district and moved to...
By Mike Szymanski | May 25, 2017 8:33 am
Stepping up the fight: Los Angeles’ teachers union in the aftermath of its major election defeat
*UPDATED The teachers union in Los Angeles — one of the largest local teachers unions in the nation — suffered a huge loss in last week’s school board election, but observers say it will only cause union leadership to fight harder. Ultimately, that could mean United Teachers Los Angeles will bolster efforts to unionize charter...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2017 9:35 am
Commentary: Finding your path with restorative justice
By Ramon Altamirano I was already a freshman at Cal State Northridge before I realized that my schools had failed me. It was apparent, very quickly, that the prior 12 years of my education had not been on par with that of my classmates. Other students had come to their higher learning with the academic...
By Guest Contributor | May 25, 2017 8:32 am
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
Morning Read: Ed Sec Betsy DeVos faces tough questions on Trump’s budget — and 7 more must-reads
Good morning! 8 must-reads for you, to start the day: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos got tough questions when she testified before the House Appropriations subcommittee yesterday. In addition to clashes over a possible $9 billion in cuts to the Education Department, politicians questioned if proper civil rights protections will be part of any plans to expand school choice,...
By LA School Report | May 25, 2017 6:15 am
LAUSD All-Star Hero: Principal in San Pedro revives collapsed parent
Monday was supposed to be an easy day. State tests were over, the school year was winding down, and Taper Avenue Elementary School was heading for a long weekend. But as Principal Steven Skrumbis and his instructional director, Gina Ellis, finished their rounds touring the school just after lunch and headed back to the office, they...
By Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2017 9:31 am