In her first public comments since a rival in the LA Unified school board race accused her of falsifying her resume, Genethia Hudley-Hayes told LA School Report today she considers the allegations to be “mudslinging” in an effort “to bully” her out of the race.
“I will not be bullied,” she said, of the charges from Alex Johnson. “My record stands for itself, with 30 years of service in this town. I consider this to be mudslinging, to change the conversation. I believe this was an effort to get me to drop out.”
The accusations intensified earlier today when Johnson, also commenting publicly for the first time, posted a statement on his campaign website, saying she “allegedly established, maintained, allowed and concealed a pattern of academic falsification.”
Hudley-Hayes and Johnson are considered among the frontrunners in a campaign to fill the District 1 board seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite LaMotte in December. The field for the June 3 special election includes five other candidates who have qualified and may include two more if the LA City Clerk’s office certifies them.
Hudley-Hayes said she has been the victim of unfounded accusations before in a school board race when she ran more than a decade ago. ”This is 1999 all over again” she said.
In response to specific accusations about her academic record, she said, “There is no pattern here. There is a typographical error.”
Johnson has focused on four instances in which he claims she falsified her resume. They involve what his campaign has described as misleading characterizations of two degrees, her role on a state teacher credentialing commission and her claim to be a state-certified mediator — all supported, they claim, through research into her background.
The LAUSD’s Art and Artifact museum will open to the public for the first time at 1 p.m. tomorrow. The museum is making its debut in honor of the LAUSD Arts Fest, which ends Sat., March 15 with a day-long celebration of student excellence at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.
Vintage artifacts, such as old typewriters, inkwells, desks, rare Roman coins, old textbooks, impressionist paintings and many other curios will on display, providing a peek into the lives of Angelenos then and now. The entire collection consists of 30,000 visual resources and historical artifacts that reflect how relations evolved among the school district, students and community.
Museum visitors can take a self-guided tour at the exhibit location at 333 S. Beaudry Ave.
LAUSD iPads: Officials chose incomplete software over competitors
When the Los Angeles Unified School District set out last year to buy tablets for every teacher and student, officials drew up a scoring system to rate 19 hardware and software options. The scores meant a lot: the contract will ultimately be worth about $500 million and marks the largest school technology expansion in the country. KPCC
Candidates vying to lead UTLA reflect recent teacher woes
One candidate to head the Los Angeles teachers union was laid off. Another was removed from the classroom for alleged misconduct. A third lost his position when his school was restructured with new staff because of low test scores. A fourth is an elementary school counselor who must shuttle between two campuses. LA Times
California gets waiver for Common Core field tests without penalties
California will not face penalties or multimillion-dollar fines from the federal government for giving all students a preliminary test on the new Common Core standards, instead of on the old state standards that California has abandoned. EdSource
Testing waiver clears path for accountability update
In what is likely to be an historic step in transforming how California schools are graded for student success, the board of education this week is expected to officially suspend for two years the state’s school-performance measurement tool known as the API. SI&A Cabinet Report
Districts, partnerships signal interest in ‘career pathways’ grant program
Competition is shaping up to be fierce for a new state grant program supporting programs that link academics with real-world career opportunities. The California Department of Education has received some 275 letters from parties interested in seeking a piece of the California Career Pathways Trust. EdSource
Dumbing down the SAT won’t prepare students for college
Commentary: When the going gets tough, well, why not just make the going easier? This seems to be the conclusion of the College Board, which administers the dreaded SAT college entrance exam. Recently announced “improvements” to the test are designed, say board officials, to better gauge what students actually study and learn in high school. Shouldn’t take too long. Sacramento Bee
The original field of 13 candidates vying for the vacant LA Unified school board seat just got smaller.
Thirteen had expressed interest in the South LA District 1 race, but by the 5 p.m. deadline today, only nine filed the required petitions to stay in the race.
The June 3 special election was called after longtime school board member, Marguarite LaMotte died in office.
Six of the nine have qualified to appear on the ballot: Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Alex Johnson, Sherlett Hendy Newbill, George McKenna, Hattie McFrazier, and Omarosa Manigault. Three others who submitted their petitions today, David Moch, Rachel Johnson and Alison Noel have not yet been qualified by the City Clerk’s Office, which has ten days to verify the signatures.
The four who filed to run but did not submit petitions were Marilyn Veincentotzs, Marco Mendoza, Priscilla Reed and Lady Cage-Barile.
With the 5 pm deadline just hours away, six of the 13 candidates who expressed an interest in running for the vacant District 1 LA Unified board seat have qualified for the ballot.
By noon today, according to the city clerk’s office, George McKenna, Sherlett Newbill, Alex Johnson, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Hattie McFrazier and Omarosa Manigault have submitted the required signature petitions and qualified for the June 3 special election. Alison Noel has filed her petitions but hasn’t yet been qualified.
The six other candidates, have until the end of the day today to submit their petitions.
They are David Moch, Rachel Johnson, Marco Mendoza, Marilyn Veincentotzs, Priscilla Reed and Lady Cage-Barile.
The City Clerk’s Office has 10 days to verify signatures. Read rules here. Marguerite LaMotte, who died in December, had held the District 1 seat since 2003.
LA School Report will update further changes after the deadline.
*Updates filings at noon.
New teachers scarce after state funding cuts
Young teachers have become far more scarce in California classrooms after school districts slashed their budgets to survive the recession. From 2008 to 2013, California saw a 40 percent drop in teachers with less than six years’ experience, according to a Sacramento Bee review of state data. Sacramento Bee
California school spending goal would cost $36 billion more
Representatives of the Education Coalition told a state Senate budget subcommittee Thursday that despite increases in school spending in the current state budget and promises of more in the next one, California still needs to spend much more money on education. Modesto Bee
Special education needs a ‘do-over,’ state panel told
Eight minutes into a public meeting on how to reform the state’s vast special education system, the woman who ran special education in California for nine years came up to the microphone. Alice Parker was blunt. “I wish I could have a ‘do-over’ for the 45 years I worked in special education,” Parker told representatives of a new Statewide Special Education Task Force at a public forum Monday. EdSource
California releases child abuse identification and reporting guidelines
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson on Wednesday issued new guidelines to help parents and guardians report suspected child abuse at schools. In a letter to school officials, Torlakson explained that California’s Education Code requires the state Department of Education to adopt guidelines for parents and guardians to follow if they want to file complaints against those suspected of abusing their child at school. San Jose Mercury News
Homeless LAUSD girls get prom dresses, makeovers for big night
Getting all dolled up was “very foreign” for Sun Valley High School senior Cheri Hodge. But that’s exactly what she did Thursday during the Operation School Bell Prom Day at the Assistance League of Southern California in Hollywood. LA Daily News
SAT redo is (A) Good; (B) Bad; (C) Overdue; (D) None of the above
Commentary: Less than a decade after it started requiring students to write an essay as part of the SAT, the College Board announced Wednesday that it is eliminating that portion of the test. At the same time, it will do away with certain obscure vocabulary words and the penalty for inaccurate guesses. LA Times
Educators 4 Excellence, a teacher advocacy group comprised of members of the Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, has developed an interactive election guide focusing on the 10 candidates running for UTLA president.
The guide poses four questions and provides audio responses from each candidate.
The interviews were conducted earlier this week and are included in a larger package of information about the candidates and the election.
Students, area school staff embrace changes to SAT
Pablo Muñoz is no stranger to academic rigor. And don’t expect him to shirk additional work. As many cheered sweeping changes to the SAT — such as the optional essay — the 15-year-old Loyola High School sophomore is likely not to skip that portion. “I would probably do the essay because I think it could give me a slight edge over test takers,” he said. “I think it might be a gateway for students to shortchange themselves” if they don’t write the essay. LA Times
L.A. County Supervisors approve crossing guards at certain middle schools
Weeks after a mother was killed walking her daughter to school, the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to deploy crossing guards at certain middle schools in unincorporated areas. While its previous policy covered only elementary schools, now the county’s Department of Public Works and Office of Education can post the guards near middle schools if there’s evidence of unusually complicated intersections or heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic. LA Daily News
Bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementation
California school districts would receive another year of Common Core implementation funds under a bill introduced Wednesday by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord. Last year, as chair of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, Bonilla pushed for the $1.25 billion that schools are using this academic year to support teacher training, textbooks and other instructional materials and technology upgrades needed to carry out the transition to Common Core State Standards. EdSource
LAO says Brown’s child care funding falls short
Legislators will need to include “a few million dollars” more in this year’s budget if the state expects to fully cover the costs of its largest subsidized child care program for low-income families. While it is likely that state lawmakers will heed the advice of the Legislative Analyst’s Office and budget the additional money needed to pay for California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids – or CalWORKs, the issue of increased funding for other state subsidized child care and preschool programs is less certain. SI&A Cabinet Report
Community rallies around George McKenna for L.A. school board
The recent storm couldn’t keep parents, students, educators, and voters away from helping to celebrate the grand opening of Dr. George McKenna’s Leimert Park campaign headquarters on March 2. Among those in attendance were Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, South Los Angeles Councilmember Bernard Parks, retired L.A. Councilmember Jan Perry, and former Assemblymember Mike Davis. LA Sentinel
By easing path from high school to higher ed, CA can build its workforce
Commentary: The forecast for 2025 is grim – California will fall short by millions of college graduates of meeting workforce demands. But as a policymaker who has worked for decades on quality and accountability in our schools, and as a community college president leading change, we see no shortage of students who are eager and ready to succeed in college. Sacramento Bee
Calif. Bill Would Repeal Bilingual-Education Restrictions
A new bill that seeks to repeal California’s long-running restrictions on bilingual education may be only the most recent signal of a shifting political climate around English-language-learner instruction in that state. California drew national attention in 1998 when voters passed Proposition 227, a ballot measure that severely restricted the availability of bilingual education for students in favor of English-only immersion programs for English-learners. EdWeek
Los Angeles preschool advocates cheer Obama’s budget
Early education advocates were thrilled at the $75 billion President Barack Obama proposed Tuesday to spend on their cause over the next 10 years – even though the budget is unlikely to pass as is. Alex Morales, CEO of the Children’s Bureau of Southern California, said the president’s proposed expansion – to $1.3 billion next year to implement universal preschool and expand other programs – would be a game changer for the poor families his organization serves. KPCC
Linked learning promotes grad rates if not test scores
Students enrolled in linked learning programs over the past four years outperformed their peers in traditional classrooms when it came to earning high school credits and completing advanced college readiness courses, according to a new study released Tuesday. But the report from SRI International and the Irvine Foundation found only mixed results when comparing scores on standardized testing between students in the project-based learning system and their counterparts who were not. SI&A Cabinet Report
U.S. needs to add student online privacy rules
Editorial: As more of our children’s education moves online, there are increased opportunities for abusing the collection of their personal data. Last month, state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) introduced a bill that would help close a loophole in federal regulations — at least in California — in an effort to safeguard personal information of public school students. The potential privacy violations could be significant, and it makes sense for the Legislature to act now. LATimes
School districts should begin planning now for new science standards
Commentary: The Next Generation Science Standards, adopted last September by the State Board of Education, will better engage and educate all students in science, and better prepare them to enter more in-depth science, computing and engineering courses in high school and beyond. EdSource
Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu resumed the Vergara v California trial today by telling lawyers for both sides that he would allow the case to continue.
After hearing oral arguments from both sides, he denied the defendants’ request to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence.
“The court finds sufficient evidence, credible evidence, to move forward with a trial,” Treu said.
Details to come.
LA Unified School Board members meet today with a hefty agenda that includes charter school renewals, approving building repairs and a possible discussion about how to spend the new local control funding (though that will likely be put off for a future meeting).
1:00 p.m.: LA Unified School Board Meeting
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19 students from LA Unified’s Academy of Music at Hamilton High School performed “Happy” with Pharrell at Sunday’s Academy Awards Ceremony, a show viewed by 300 million people across the globe. The video has gone viral – enjoy!
Judge Rolf Treu, L.A. Superior Court
It could be a monumental day in the Vergara vs. California trial. Or it could just lead to more testimony.
Lawyers are expecting California Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu to decide whether to throw the case out, as the defendants are asking, or keep it going, as the plaintiffs are urging.
The decision turns on whether he believes the plaintiffs, after four weeks of testimony, have failed to show that California public school children have been denied access to quality education because of state laws that protect ineffective teachers. If he agrees, he’ll rule for the defendants — the state and its two big teachers union.
If he believes Elizabeth Vergara and the eight other student plaintiffs have made a case, then the trial goes on.
It all starts at 1:30 p.m.
In survey, union leader vows to file complaints over ‘teacher jails’
Los Angeles teachers union president Warren Fletcher lashed out at the school district Monday for its handling of teachers accused of misconduct, vowing to file federal and state age-discrimination complaints. LA Times
Severely disabled are to face double testing this spring
Thousands of the state’s most severely disabled students face a double testing dilemma this spring as a result of the state’s complex transition to the Common Core curriculum – a problem lawmakers are scrambling to fix. SI&A Cabinet Report
Universal preschool will be a hot issue this spring in Sacramento
Three little boys crawled around a colorful classroom rug, roaring like dinosaurs as other preschoolers learned the value of a dollar. One hundred pennies felt much heavier in the 4-year-olds’ tiny hands than a dollar bill. A casual observer might assume the kids were just playing, but St. Elizabeth’s Day Home in San Jose is no ordinary day care. Contra Costa Times
Effective teacher training critical to success of Common Core math
The quality of teacher training will be crucial to the success of the new Common Core State Standards in math, educators say, and the pressure is on districts to give elementary school teachers the skills they’ll need to provide students with a firm foundation in early arithmetic. EdSource
Why this bilingual education ban should have repealed long ago
Commentary: In the mid-1990s, conditions were right for California to build the multilingual economy of the future. A slumping economy needed a boost. A remarkably multilingual population — including millions of Spanish speakers — was already in place. But in 1998, with globalization knocking ever more loudly on its door, Californians voted instead to pass a ballot measure known as Proposition 227 that imposed wide-reaching restrictions on bilingual education, effectively banning it. CNN
The Los Angeles teachers union, UTLA, is planning to blanket the district with leaflets tomorrow to build support among parents for smaller class sizes, fully staffed schools and raises.
With help from health and human services workers, teachers intend to pass out informational leaflets before and, in some cases, after school.
The leaflets ask parents to contact LA Unified board members to push for using new tax dollars in the classroom.
“Students and LAUSD employees all suffered during the recession years,” UTLA President Warren Fletcher said in a statement. Now that the District has the money, it’s time to right some wrongs. It is wrong when school librarians are laid off and campus libraries are closed; when schools do not have a full time nurse; and when there are not enough mental health professionals to serve student needs. It’s wrong when schools are unsanitary and unsafe.”
L.A. school board to consider expansion of computer science offerings
An initiative to address the shortage of computer science offerings in the L.A. Unified School District will go before the school board Tuesday. Only one-in-three of the district’s high schools are offering a basic course this year, and far fewer are offering the Advanced Placement Computer Science course. KPCC
Boyle Heights school protests district’s decision to move campus
When Catherine Aleman and Ana Renteria learned that L.A. Unified might move or close their small school in East Los Angeles, they did what the Academy of Environmental and Social Policy had taught them to do: They tried to make a difference and organized a protest. LA Times
Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts
After more than a decade of directly overseeing $1 billion in education reform grants from his non-profit foundation, philanthropist Eli Broad is grooming a replacement. He’s hired Bruce Reed, a high profile Washington political operative who spent decades in the halls of power. KPCC
New all-digital curriculums hope to ride high-tech push
English language curriculums built entirely on a digital platform — replacing written textbooks, worksheets or printed study guides — are about to enter the market from several companies, with promises that they will change the nature of classroom learning across the country. New York Times
Why teaching art to our children matters
Commentary: The reality is that Obama is not alone in revealing an attitude that marginalizes the significance of the arts when compared to “more serious” priorities. In recent years, as school funding in CA has been drastically reduced, that attitude meant that arts education programs were often the first to be cut. Sacramento Bee
About 3.5 hours of homework a day for high schoolers? That’s too much.
Commentary: A poll of public school teachers finds that on average, high school students are assigned 3.5 hours of homework per weeknight, or more than 17 hours a week. Or that’s the teachers’ perspective, anyway. If that’s how it actually plays out, it strikes me as too much by far. LA Times
Residents of LA Unified District 1 will have an early look at some of the candidates for the open board seat on Monday, when Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, at 4269 S Figueroa St., holds its weekly conference for area ministers.
A candidates’ forum is scheduled as an opportunity for the ministers and members of the public to meet the candidates and ask questions. All 13 candidates have been invited to attend, and so far, George McKenna, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, Alex Johnson, Hattie McFrazier and Omarosa Manigault have accepted.
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While LA School Report has been paying close attention to the elections taking place at UTLA, the nations second largest teachers union, the competition hasn’t attracted much outside attention – that is until recently.
Now, education blogger, Anthony Cody at Edweek-Teacher, has launched a series of Question-and-Answers with the 10 candidates vying for union president, each being asked the same questions.
So far four have been published:
See full series here: Edweek: Living in Dialogue
Billions would be needed to repair L.A. schools, officials say
Maintaining Los Angeles Unified campuses will be difficult because of staffing and funding shortages combined with repair backlogs, aging buildings and more than 100 new schools, officials said Thursday. LA Times
LA teachers can only afford 8.7 percent of LA houses
A new real estate study out from listing site Redfin shows that only 8.7 percent of the residences on the market in Los Angeles are at all affordable for working teachers in the city. CurbedLA
Surveys differ on teacher preparedness for Common Core
The results from two studies that examine teachers’ perceptions on the Common Core State Standards were released this week, and they come to some markedly different conclusions on how ready teachers are for implementation. EdWeek
Summer and after-school programs provide a jump on Common Core
Adopted by California and 44 other states, the new standards emphasize an in-depth approach to subjects, the development of verbal and analytical skills, teamwork, and student-centered learning focused on real-world examples. Hands-on projects and robust discussions among students replace lecture-style teaching. EdSource
Wait, What? Educators Highly Satisfied With Classroom Autonomy, Morale
A recent report from the Center for American Progress (CAP), a progressive think-tank in Washington D.C., found that the majority of educators 1) are happy in their jobs and 2) report high levels of autonomy over almost “every aspect of teaching, including what to teach and how to teach.” NEAToday
Via KPCC | By Annie Gilbertson
William Johnston, who was superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District during the 1970s, is urging officials to stop using bond funds to buy iPads – leading an oversight committee to take up the issue Thursday.
“I believe the current purchase of iPads with school bonds is illegal,” Johnston said in a letter addressed to the chairman of the district’s bond oversight committee, Steve English. “New developments and technology will make them obsolete, requiring replacement. School bonds are designed to buy property, build schools, equip schools with lasting equipment.”
The committee has sided with the current administration, recommending the school board use school construction bonds to expand the iPad program. Once fully implemented, it’s expected to cost $1.3 billion, most of which will be spent on upgrading wifi at schools.
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