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
Commentary: The reason unions fight in school board races
By Aaron Churchill Electoral politics are front and center as Los Angeles voters prepare to cast their ballots for three school board seats on March 7. Not surprisingly, the races have heated up — and gotten expensive. Independent expenditure committees funded by teachers unions have forked over $1.2 million to support incumbent board President Steve...
By Guest Contributor | February 28, 2017 9:44 am
Commentary: When big money becomes the new normal — contrasting LA’s and Denver’s school board races
By Beth Hawkins At the start of the decade, a survey of elected school board members found a whopping 87 percent spent $5,000 or less on their most recent campaign. Even in larger districts, those with at least 15,000 students, only 10 percent spent $25,000 or more, the National School Boards Association reported. What an...
By Guest Contributor | February 27, 2017 11:40 am
Tucker Haynes: Why ‘Hidden Figures’ should be required viewing at every U.S. school
It took a devastating World War and the threat of domination by an expansionist Communist empire to propel the government of the United States past its prejudices. It was in 1943 — when the country desperately needed every competent mathematician it could find — that Dorothy Vaughan, a black female math teacher in Virginia, went...
By Cynthia Tucker Haynes | February 24, 2017 11:51 am
Commentary: DeVos confirmation calls for Angelenos to unite
By Nadia Diaz Funn Betsy DeVos’ narrow confirmation by the Senate as the 11th U.S. Secretary of Education made one thing clear: now more than ever, the entire Los Angeles education community — including LAUSD, its labor partners, charter leaders, education advocates, philanthropy, and families — must set aside its ideological and political differences to...
By Guest Contributor | February 23, 2017 5:07 pm
Commentary: How teachers buffered students from Celerity’s questionable practices
By Q. Tien Le In January, federal agents raided the offices of Celerity Educational Group, a charter school network, as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of fraud and mismanagement. Prior to the raid, the Los Angeles Unified School District school board, citing governance and oversight issues, denied charter renewals for two of Celerity’s schools...
By Guest Contributor | February 21, 2017 11:58 am