Tensions rise as UTLA candidate take on issues, each other
Tensions deepened last night among the candidates running for the top job at United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) as one of them came close to a physical confrontation with another after the event ended. Hosted by the teacher advocacy group, Educators4Excellence, at City Hall in Boyle Heights, the event played before a crowd of about...
By Brianna Sacks | March 5, 2014 10:30 am
The ‘California 8’ Waiver: What it Means for Local Schools
The No Child Left Behind waiver won by Los Angeles Unified and seven other California school districts gives them more funding and flexibility to improve schools that serve more than a million students around the state. The waiver is a one-of-a-kind, as it marks the first time a group of districts were exempted from “No...
By Brianna Sacks | August 7, 2013 9:04 am
No Child Left Behind Waiver for CA Districts Includes ‘Unique’ Oversight Panel*
In granting eight CA school districts a No Child Left Behind waiver, the federal government is creating for the first time an oversight body to measure schools’ progress. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the panel “unique” among the waivers granted to 39 states and the District of Columbia. “We went back and forth about how...
By Brianna Sacks | August 6, 2013 2:14 pm
‘No Child’ Waiver OKd for LA Unified, 7 Other CA School Districts*
The U.S. Department of Education today approved a long-awaited federal waiver that allows LA Unified and seven other California districts to replace No Child Left Behind accountability rules with their own school improvement system. The waiver creates a unique 14-member oversight body to provide an “unbiased external compliance review” of each district’s progress after a...
By Brianna Sacks | August 6, 2013 1:07 pm
LA Teachers Proposing Online Voting System for Union Elections
Less than 23 percent of the 40,000 members of United Teachers of Los Angeles cast ballots in the final round of voting for union president in 2011, the union’s last leadership election. Even fewer, 15 percent, voted in the preliminary round. A new, online voting system could change all that, says a group of teachers...
By Brianna Sacks | August 1, 2013 10:28 am
LA Unified Sees Big Rise in AP Enrollment and Exams
Fifty percent more L.A. Unified students in grades nine through 12 signed up for Advanced Placement courses in the last academic year than the number who did six years before, Superintendent John Deasy said in a press release Wednesday. Nearly 18 percent enrolled in AP courses in biology, calculus, chemistry, English literature, foreign languages, government...
By Brianna Sacks | August 1, 2013 9:57 am