NAACP should be supporting, not fighting, charters
*UPDATED By Johnathan Williams In light of the seemingly endless civil rights violations in the news daily, I was shocked to see our premier civil rights organization, the NAACP, call for a moratorium on the most effective vehicle for delivering better educational outcomes than our traditional school systems. As a man, who happens to be African-American,...
By Guest Contributor | February 8, 2017 12:01 pm
Sorry, no counselor today: A teacher’s plea for ESSA funding to help neediest students
By Misti D. Kemmer Just last Thursday, I experienced one of those especially emotional days at work. I got a call that the mother of one of my fourth-grade students had passed away. Not five minutes later, another student went to the back of the room, sat down in a chair and began to cry. I...
By Guest Contributor | January 27, 2017 2:26 pm
Los Angeles educators’ questions for Betsy DeVos
By Ama Nyamekye Twenty-two U.S. Senators will sit before Betsy DeVos on Tuesday morning and determine her qualifications to serve as Secretary of Education, a critical role in shaping education policy across our nation. Along with determining the direction for the Department of Education for years to come, this confirmation hearing will prove crucial for another...
By Guest Contributor | January 16, 2017 12:15 pm
Supporting the success of DACA-mented youth
By Rafael Alvarez There are approximately 1 million undocumented youth currently living in America who were brought here as children. Practically speaking, this is the only country they have ever known, and they speak English fluently. They want to work hard and contribute to society and yet, up until four years ago, they were mostly...
By Guest Contributor | December 19, 2016 8:45 am
‘We will not be discouraged’: Soldiering on for the success of our children
By Erica Valente I have always believed that education is the path forward for all families. A few years ago I joined other families at my children’s school, 24th Street Elementary, to lead a campaign for change. Many parents, like me, volunteered hundreds of hours to improve a school that was in the bottom 5 percent of...
By Guest Contributor | December 14, 2016 6:31 am
Analysis: California is still the Golden State for teacher unions
By Mike Antonucci While teachers-union affiliates across the country ponder what went wrong on Election Day, the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers are celebrating another successful year at the polls. The unions helped deliver Hillary Clinton a 29-point margin of victory in California and backed Kamala Harris in her successful bid to...
By Guest Contributor | November 30, 2016 7:34 am