Fighting teacher burnout: Great Public Schools Now grants aim to retain effective educators
When Hrag Hamalian opened Valor Academy Middle School in 2009, teacher retention was his foremost concern, so he decided to find out what educators desired in the workplace. Now executive director of Bright Star Schools, which includes six other charter schools, Hamalian surveyed his highly effective teachers in search of the answer. He found that...
By Sarah Favot | February 17, 2017 5:35 pm
Zimmer convinces school board to go for ‘clean money’ elections
Although he’s currently the recipient of campaign cash in what may be the most expensive school board race ever, LA Unified board President Steve Zimmer pushed through a “Clean Money” resolution on Tuesday but said it is not about him. Zimmer convinced his often disparate group of colleagues on the school board to unanimously approve the...
By Mike Szymanski | February 15, 2017 2:44 pm
Charter school parents advocate for their place in LA’s public education landscape
As the political rhetoric around charter schools heats up locally and nationally, Los Angeles charter school parents are not only defending their right to choose a school for their child but are now advocating for their place in the public education landscape. The shift was on display last week during two events in downtown Los...
By Sarah Favot | February 14, 2017 4:13 pm
‘I will be your valentine’: Navy dad surprises his 2 daughters at school after more than a year at sea
Abella Aleman was intently reading her first-grade class a Valentine’s Day letter about her love for her dad, Omar, a Navy sailor who had been deployed overseas for more than a year. So intently, she didn’t even notice when he crept into her Rancho San Diego Elementary School classroom and stood behind her chair. As...
By Tim Newcomb | February 13, 2017 12:23 pm
California, LA continue to falter on federal foster youth education deadline
By Daniel Heimpel, The Chronicle of Social Change The California Department of Education “derailed” local education agencies’ efforts to ensure transportation for students in foster care, imperiling a $1.8 billion federal grant aimed at poor students, according to an email shared with The Chronicle and an education administrator in San Diego. This while Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors...
By Guest Contributor | February 10, 2017 10:21 am
Friedrichs 2.0: New lawsuit by 8 teachers challenges mandatory dues paid to California union
The lawyers who challenged union fees in the high-stakes Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case have filed a new lawsuit in hopes of achieving a decisive Supreme Court victory — a result denied to them last year when a tie vote left mandatory dues in place. The Center for Individual Rights filed Yohn v. California Teachers Association on Monday. The...
By Kate Stringer | February 9, 2017 9:14 am