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 10:09 am
Commentary: Raising LA high school graduation rates by any means necessary is an empty accomplishment
Education is full of priorities: getting kids ready for kindergarten, getting children reading on grade level, developing students’ STEM skills, building social-emotional skills, addressing nature deficit disorder (children spending too little time outdoors), developing thoughtful citizens, training future workers to compete in a global marketplace, and so on and so forth. They’re all interlocked to a certain...
By Conor Williams | July 24, 2017 2:43 pm
Analysis: How the California teachers union is spending its summer
Summer is down time for education, but the California Teachers Association remains active on the policy front. Ever since its May 1 Day of Action — the message of which varied greatly depending on local issues — the union has tried to take advantage of huge legislative majorities and burgeoning school revenues to push its...
By Mike Antonucci | July 19, 2017 4:33 pm
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 5:07 pm
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 4:25 pm
Commentary reactions: Take responsibility for getting every student career- and college-ready
These two responses are to a commentary posted Wednesday by David Tokofsky: Response by Evelyn Aleman Macias “Is it realistic to expect that the kids who would have been dropouts in years past will all be getting Cs or better in college preparatory courses?” is the line that stood out for me when I read...
By Guest Contributors | June 9, 2017 3:32 pm