Morning Read: Study Praises Teacher Evaluation Tool
First Academic Study of Controversial LA Unified Teacher Evaluation Program An academic study of a teacher evaluation method that looks at how much teachers are able to improve students’ test scores gave the pilot program a good grade. But the study comes too late — the teacher’s union and Los Angeles Unified School District agreed...
By LA School Report | April 29, 2013
Commentary: Do You or Don’t You Support Deasy?
If you were running for School Board it might seem obvious you would need to be prepared to answer this simple question: “Do you support current LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy?” But at last week’s District 6 candidate forum for the Los Angeles School Board race in the San Fernando Valley, this question made for some...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | February 7, 2013
UTLA Supports Seattle Teachers’ Test Boycott
Earlier today, in a show of support for a group of Seattle teachers who are refusing to administer a standardized computer test to students, United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) urged its members to wear red and participate in what was called a “national day of action.” Watch a video of the teachers at Seattle’s Garfield High: The...
By Samantha Oltman | February 6, 2013
UTLA’s Confusing Flip-Flop on Evaluations
While union president Warren Fletcher has claimed victory on a recent court-ordered tentative agreement on teacher evaluations, a closer look might leave rank-and-file teachers scratching their heads. UTLA has consistently opposed any use of student test scores in teacher evaluations in the past. So it was unexpected when the union leadership signed off on using...
By Samantha Oltman | December 12, 2012
Morning Read: Union Blocks $40M Grant Plan
Teachers Union Refuses to Sign Off on LAUSD Plan for Race to the Top Grant The Los Angeles teachers union has refused to sign off on Los Angeles Unified’s bid for a prestigious Race to the Top grant, costing the district a shot at winning $40 million in federal money, sources said Saturday. Daily News...
By Hillel Aron | October 29, 2012
Preview: Board Agenda For Tuesday 10/9
You may already have heard that LAUSD Board member Nury Martinez will introduce a motion at the Tuesday October 9 monthly school board meeting to make arts a “core subject” (KPCC: LAUSD considers making arts education a ‘core subject’). And we’ve already told you that Board member Steve Zimmer is holding off on offering a revised...
By Hillel Aron | October 5, 2012