Commentary: The California Teachers Association has a whole lot of money to burn: Here’s how it spends it
By Mike Antonucci The California Teachers Association is not only on the opposite coast from the New York State United Teachers, it is on the opposite side of the financial ledger. While NYSUT battles budget deficits and cumbersome staff pension debt, CTA has loads of cash, consistent budget surpluses, net assets of more than $300 million,...
By Guest Contributor | April 19, 2017 12:50 pm
Commentary: Why California’s bid to kill income tax for teachers is a terrible idea
By Andrew Rotherham and Kaitlin Pennington It’s an education policy only TurboTax could love. Trying to find and keep teachers in California, legislators there are sponsoring the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Act. The bill’s idea is straightforward: eliminate income tax for teachers. Really, who could be against that? Specifically, the bill would exempt teachers who remain...
By Guest Contributor | April 18, 2017 2:06 pm
Commentary: How ESSA is driving states to create education transition policies for incarcerated students
Note: SB 304 is scheduled to be heard Tuesday, April 18. This column originally appeared at AheadOfTheHeard.org By Hailly Korman Last month, I gave testimony before the California Senate Education Committee on SB 304, a state bill to define the required elements of an education transition plan for a student leaving a juvenile court school and returning...
By Guest Contributor | April 17, 2017 11:20 am
Commentary: New California accountability dashboard provides little light for poor families
By Seth Litt “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin For more than a year, families from Parent Revolution’s Parent Power Network have voiced their concerns about the direction of California’s school accountability system. They’ve met with legislators, taken multiple overnight bus trips...
By Guest Contributor | March 30, 2017 1:48 pm
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
Commentary: Keeping the DREAM alive — how to talk to students and what you can do
By Stephanie Kozofsky On a recent field trip, Paola told me that she has not seen her parents in four years. A senior, Paola has a 3.4 GPA, is on the flag football team and the varsity soccer team, and is taking a college course after school. Her love for this school, her education, and...
By Guest Contributor | March 23, 2017 8:25 am
Commentary: Let’s make teacher tenure meaningful
By Phylis Hoffman I was glad when I received tenure in LAUSD. I was also surprised. As a new teacher in LAUSD, I had no idea I was under evaluation for tenure until that moment. Suddenly, the code on my paycheck changed, notifying me I’d been granted the permanent status known as tenure. I’d been...
By Guest Contributor | March 22, 2017 3:28 pm
Petruzzi: As ESSA scales down federal oversight, educators and local leaders must rise to the challenge
By Marco Petruzzi In today’s world of frenzied news alerts from the D.C. bubble, speculation about the new administration and persisting education debates make it easy to forget that out here in the real world, education leaders and local communities are quietly moving forward adapting new federal guidelines designed to help ensure access to a quality...
By Guest Contributor | March 21, 2017 7:48 am
Commentary: Why parent choice matters
By Hilda Torres There’s a growing debate here in Southern California as to whether public charter schools are making positive impacts in our communities. As a single mother of a student attending Celerity Dyad Charter School, I am pleased with my decision to choose the school that fits best for my family. I know LAUSD schools well and the...
By Guest Contributor | March 17, 2017 9:13 am
Commentary: The new politics of the Los Angeles school board race, as more families prefer charters
This piece was produced in partnership with The 74; see profiles of all 2017 LAUSD school board candidates. By Laura Waters When I first ran on a three-person slate for my local New Jersey school board 12 years ago, I thought we’d hit the big time. Media coverage! Bellicose debates! Political intrigue! Our “Team for Change”...
By Guest Contributor | March 2, 2017 1:22 pm
Pedro Noguera: Why LA’s low voter turnout will deny a high-quality education to those who need it most
By Pedro Noguera Turnout is expected to be low for the March 7 primary election even though the results may very well determine the future of public education in Los Angeles. The nation’s second-largest school district is beset by a number of complex challenges: daunting structural budget deficits, declining student enrollment, a significant number of...
By Guest Contributor | March 1, 2017 9:13 am