Commentary: Finding your path with restorative justice
By Ramon Altamirano I was already a freshman at Cal State Northridge before I realized that my schools had failed me. It was apparent, very quickly, that the prior 12 years of my education had not been on par with that of my classmates. Other students had come to their higher learning with the academic...
By Guest Contributor | May 25, 2017 8:32 am
Commentary: Congratulations Nick and Kelly — Now let’s get to work
By Nadia Diaz Funn The Alliance for a Better Community (ABC), an advocacy organization committed to the advancement of the Los Angeles Latino community, congratulates Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin on their election to the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. With a long, exhausting, and divisive campaign season now behind us, this...
By Guest Contributor | May 24, 2017 8:26 am
Commentary: What pro-equity advocates in California can learn from their wins in LAUSD
(Note: This article first appeared on La Comadre and Education Post) By Chris Bertelli When the ballots were finally tallied in the early morning hours on Wednesday, those of us who work for educational equity in California’s public schools had reason to celebrate. After an expensive, hard-fought campaign, two political newcomers – Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez – were...
By Guest Contributor | May 22, 2017 5:17 pm
Commentary: Why we must vote in Tuesday’s LAUSD school board election
By Evelyn Aleman Macias As a Los Angeles Unified School District parent, school volunteer, and a member of the district’s Parent Advisory Council for the Local Control Funding Formula, I’m often dismayed by the ongoing rift between charter and non-charter school advocates. The issue seems to become even more of a focal point during elections,...
By Guest Contributor | May 11, 2017 4:42 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: Let’s reinstate LAUSD’s charter school leave
By Karin Kroener-Valdivia It’s National Charter Schools Week, and I’m remembering my first experience at a charter school. Fifteen years ago, after my fourth year of teaching in LA, I was burned out, exhausted from having my track constantly change and from moving rooms during the day without a classroom of my own. I came...
By Guest Contributor | May 4, 2017 2:14 pm
Commentary: East LA parents want quality public schools, regardless of school type
By Martin Capuchino This week is National Charter Schools Week, and though many of Los Angeles’ public charter schools serve children of color, the inaccurate dissemination of information regarding charter schools and traditional schools creates confusion in many communities — especially communities of color. During the summer of 2016, a group of students and I...
By Guest Contributor | May 3, 2017 12:43 pm