Emilio Pack and Cristina de Jesus: The only way forward is partnership
What kind of superintendent does the Los Angeles Unified School District need? It’s not an easy question to answer but it’s a deeply important one, especially at a moment when the district is facing crucial decisions not just about its own future, but also about the future of the 630,000 kids it serves. One of...
By Emilio Pack and Cristina de Jesus | March 21, 2018
Antonucci: School unions gearing up for strikes, political campaigns
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The Los Angeles Unified School District is going to have its hands full dealing with employee contract issues, if the smoke signals emanating from local unions are any indication. SEIU Local 99, which represents some 30,000 LAUSD education support employees, is currently holding an all-member strike authorization...
By Mike Antonucci | March 20, 2018
Equity for high-need schools — courage and collective action required
I believe that most educators who are parents want for their students exactly what they want for their own children — to be academically, socially, and emotionally prepared and supported to thrive in their chosen college and career. My daughter is doing exactly that as a freshman at Hampton University this year, and I work...
By Latasha Buck | March 19, 2018
Tenure should be a celebrated accomplishment that honors teachers’ hard work — and come after more time, feedback, and support
This week, many new teachers in California will be granted “tenure” and they won’t even know how or why or what it means for their career. By the start of my third year in the classroom, I learned I had achieved permanent status (a term more commonly known as “tenure”) when a trusted colleague mentioned...
By Lisa Quon Heinsen | March 14, 2018
Teachers need time and support to earn the professional distinction of tenure
“Are you sure you want to do this job? You’ll be perpetually stuck in puberty.” Those were the first words I heard from a colleague on my first day as a middle school special education teacher. She was only half joking and five years later, I realize the truism of her question all too well: Pubescent pre-teens are...
By Josh Brown | March 14, 2018
Why I’m supporting my LA middle school students in walking out of class for a cause they believe in
In 1968, thousands of high school students in East Los Angeles walked out of classes to demand an equal and culturally relevant education. At the time, graduation rates for Mexican-American youth were abysmally low and corporal punishment was used to discipline them for speaking Spanish. These walkouts, the largest demonstrations by youth in the city’s history, came...
By Pablo DePaz | March 13, 2018