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
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
Barnum: The Growth vs. Proficiency Debate and Why Al Franken Raised a Boring but Critical Issue
‘A Huge Win’: Washington State Charter School Supporters Celebrate Major Courtroom Victory
Clean Sweep: How Washers in Schools Boost Attendance and Improve Day-to-Day Life for the Neediest Students
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