Commentary: Electric buses can help our kids breathe easier — and learn better
By Nancy White Horse As parents, we spend a lot of time worrying about our children’s education: we nag them to finish their homework every night, we push to pair them with the best possible teachers, and we lay awake at night hoping they are going to be prepared for their future. However, we often...
By Guest contributor | July 26, 2017
Commentary: Central American and Salvadoran American literature is invisible in public schools
By Randy Jurado Ertll When I was growing up in California, I never read a book in LAUSD schools by a Latino or Latina author. And until college, I never had a Latino or Latina teacher. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB 2016, which was spearheaded by former state Assembly member Luis Alejo....
By Guest contributor | June 21, 2017
Commentary: Tony Thurmond takes a walk on teacher tenure bill
By Chris Bertelli California State Assemblyman Tony Thurmond is running for California Superintendent of Public Instruction but it might be hard to tell why based on a couple of recent votes on one of the most important education issues facing the state. The East Bay Democrat sits on the Assembly Education Committee, which would seem...
By Guest contributor | June 13, 2017
Commentary: How LAUSD set its graduation requirements
By David Tokofsky Now that the dust of the school board election has settled and the mailers are in the recycling bin, the tough job of setting policy for the nation’s second-largest school district lies ahead for the new and returning members of LAUSD’s Board of Education. It is always good to ground policy on...
By Guest contributor | June 7, 2017
Commentary: Boosting LA’s grad rates is about more than education. It’s tackling inequity head on and giving students the support they need.
By Deborah Marcus When Dou’Jae Rice’s father was killed during her sophomore year of high school, the pressures of providing for her family could have forced the straight-A student to drop out. But that didn’t happen. Instead, Dou’Jae was able to tap into a network of support at LAUSD’s Hamilton High School that kept her...
By Guest contributor | June 6, 2017
Commentary: School choice could make college affordable
By John Kruger Imagine starting your college journey with a $75,000 scholarship. If that piques your interest, you’ll want to tune in to a brewing education battle in the Golden State. While the school choice debate has often centered on education outcomes, its fiscal impact in California is also of serious consequence. School choice could...
By Guest contributor | June 2, 2017
With 6 wins in 7 years, Granada Hills Charter High School extends its dynasty in the U.S. Academic Decathlon
By Kevin Mahnken What Serena Williams is to the Grand Slam, what the John Wooden UCLA basketball teams were to the NCAA tournament, and what Magic Johnson to the NBA finals — that is what Granada Hills Charter High School is to the rarified world of the United States Academic Decathlon: an iconic L.A. powerhouse...
By Guest contributor | May 31, 2017
Commentary: When kids can’t attend the great school just across the street, we must break down the invisible walls
By Seth Litt On Wednesday, May 17, Los Angeles families woke up to a new reality for education in the nation’s second-largest school district. Voters in two Los Angeles Unified school board districts voted resoundingly for change, electing two young progressive educators — both of them either current or former teachers — as our newest school board...
By Guest contributor | May 31, 2017
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
Commentary: Congratulations Nick and Kelly — Now let’s get to work
By Nadia Diaz Funn The Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), an advocacy organization committed to the advancement of the Los Angeles Latino community, congratulates Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin on their election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. With a long, exhausting, and divisive campaign season now behind us, this...
By Guest contributor | May 24, 2017