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
Please do something about bullying, Mr. Trump
By Hannah Bartlebaugh In the days following the election of Donald Trump, there have been incidents across the country of increased harassment and bullying that have made students feel unsafe and unwanted in their public schools. As we move into the era of a Trump presidency, it’s more important now than ever to address bullying....
By Guest Contributor | November 20, 2016 8:44 pm
Transparency and accountability: Measuring school effectiveness through growth
By Dr. Cristina de Jesus America’s inequality crisis is getting worse, with the gap in opportunities based too often on parents’ income levels, ZIP code or ethnicity. Too many students and families are not able to tap into the promise of the American Dream because their public education options are limited, and it is long past...
By LA School Report | November 17, 2016 6:50 am