Pro-charter groups spend nearly twice as much as unions in LAUSD school board races
With less than two weeks to go before the primary election, pro-charter groups have spent nearly twice as much as committees funded by unions on candidates for the LA Unified school board, an analysis of campaign finance records shows. Independent expenditure committees that are funded by charter school supporters have spent about $2.6 million on...
By Sarah Favot | February 24, 2017 5:54 pm
Tucker Haynes: Why ‘Hidden Figures’ should be required viewing at every U.S. school
It took a devastating World War and the threat of domination by an expansionist Communist empire to propel the government of the United States past its prejudices. It was in 1943 — when the country desperately needed every competent mathematician it could find — that Dorothy Vaughan, a black female math teacher in Virginia, went...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | February 24, 2017 11:51 am
Commentary: DeVos confirmation calls for Angelenos to unite
By Nadia Diaz Funn Betsy DeVos’ narrow confirmation by the Senate as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education made one thing clear: now more than ever, the entire Los Angeles education community — including LAUSD, its labor partners, charter leaders, education advocates, philanthropy, and families — must set aside its ideological and political differences to...
By Guest Contributor | February 23, 2017 5:07 pm
Morning Read: What Trump’s policy means for transgender students in California
What Trump’s policy means for transgender students in California Los Angeles Unified schools haven’t seen an increase in bullying against transgender or gender-nonconforming students recently, said Judy Chiasson, a coordinator in the district’s office of human relations, diversity, and equity. She sees the policy shift in Washington as an opportunity for local schools to publicly reinforce their support for...
By LA School Report | February 24, 2017 8:05 am
Barnum: The Growth vs. Proficiency Debate and Why Al Franken Raised a Boring but Critical Issue
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After reported opposition, DeVos defends ending transgender protections to friendly CPAC crowd
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos briefly defended the Trump administration’s decision this week to rescind protections for transgender students in remarks to a supportive conservative crowd Thursday. “This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration’s overreach to suggest a one-size-fits-all approach … to issues that are best dealt with and solved from a...
By Carolyn Phenicie | February 23, 2017 3:16 pm
What’s behind the federal raids on Celerity?
Questions about Celerity Educational Group, a Los Angeles charter school management organization now under federal investigation, and its relationship with affiliated nonprofit entities have been probed by LA Unified for nearly a decade, according to public documents and school board meetings, and the concerns are widely thought to have prompted last month’s highly publicized raids by seven federal...
By Mike Szymanski | February 22, 2017 11:33 pm