Commentary: Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez need to take the lead now in changing the caustic divisions in LAUSD around charter schools
On November 7, Los Angeles Unified’s two newest board members will face early tests of their commitment to changing the district’s culture as it relates to how it views and relates to the charter schools it authorizes. The LAUSD staff is recommending the board vote to close highly successful, existing charter schools serving thousands of...
By Chris Bertelli | November 6, 2017 7:52 am
Commentary: Forging alliances to protect families and fight fear in Los Angeles
When my parents moved our family here, I knew it was their dream to come to the United States to provide a better life for my siblings and myself. At the time, I couldn’t put that into context. As an 11-year-old kid, far away from our home in Guatemala, all that consumed me was the...
By Oscar Cruz | October 31, 2017 10:08 am
Commentary: School safety means physical, intellectual and emotional safety – How Jordan High School in Watts is transforming school culture
Six years ago when I became the principal of Jordan High School (part of the Partnership for LA Schools), in Watts, I walked onto a campus where 20 percent of students were suspended, 34 percent graduated, and 62 percent felt they were safe on campus. In 2016-2017, we had a 2.0 percent suspension rate, we...
By Carlos Montes | October 25, 2017 1:47 pm
Commentary: High school student wants LAUSD to end random searches for weapons
At some schools about a dozen times a day, school deans and security walk into LAUSD classrooms and pick out five students to conduct a “random” search. They take us out of class and into the hallway where they go through our belongings. We are told they are searching us for weapons, but they frequently...
By Grace Hamilton | October 23, 2017 3:03 pm
Ed Trust-West’s Ryan Smith: It’s time for education leaders to take a knee for California’s students
In the historic “Is the American Dream at the Expense of the American Negro?” debate in 1965, author James Baldwin locks horns with conservative leader William F. Buckley Jr. about the significance of the American flag. “It comes as a great shock around the age of 5, 6, or 7 to discover that the flag...
By Ryan J. Smith | October 12, 2017 1:39 pm
Commentary: The 3 steps of co-creating an agenda with parents to achieve powerful, enduring change in education systems
Who owns the agenda for education change? It is not uncommon (and in fact it is encouraging) to hear education reformers proclaim: “We need to see parents exercise their power on education to achieve ‘X’!” But ‘X’ is often the agenda the speaker has — with good intentions — set. It may not be the...
By Alex Cortez and Yordanos Eyoel | October 4, 2017 1:31 pm