Flashback: That time Arne Duncan, Newt Gingrich and Al Sharpton traveled the country talking about education
By Peter Cunningham In the spring of 2009, newly-elected President Barack Obama took a meeting in the Oval Office with civil rights leader Al Sharpton. Reverend Sharpton told the White House he wanted to talk about education so Education Secretary Arne Duncan also attended. Sharpton also brought along an unlikely guest: former House Speaker and GOP...
By Guest contributor | July 20, 2016
Duncan gives himself ‘a pretty low grade’ on desegregation, wanted more pre-K
Arne Duncan’s administration of the Education Department saw plenty of notable accomplishments: billions of new dollars for preschool, a rewrite of the country’s primary K-12 education law, and a record high school graduation rate. Yet for all he achieved in his seven years, Duncan said he’s disappointed to leave office without having made sufficient progress...
By Carolyn Phenicie | February 5, 2016
LAUSD’s results on Nation’s Report Card dip along with state, nation
Scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card, were released today, and LA Unified’s overall performance took a slight dip — same as scores in California and the nation. It was the first time scores slipped for the district and California since the state’s students started taking the test...
By Craig Clough | October 28, 2015
Housing for LAUSD workers; Dorsey High a Green Ribbon winner
LA Unified dusted off its giant ribbon cutting scissors today as Board President Richard Vladovic and officials from Bridge Housing, a property development company, unveiled a 90-unit apartment complex in Gardena that will be home for some lucky district employees who essentially are living in poverty. According to a press release sent out this morning, “Of the...
By LA School Report | April 23, 2015
Feds joining LAUSD’s effort to help solve issues with MiSiS
As if the recent efforts to fix MiSiS weren’t enough, LA Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines has called the feds. In an email to school board members and their staffs on Friday, Cortines said U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, offered the district a lifeline. “I spoke with Secretary Duncan today regarding various issues related to...
By Vanessa Romo | November 24, 2014
Weingarten comes out swinging: attacking Vergara, Duncan
In a fiery speech delivered to her core constituents, Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers went on the assault today, taking on the verdict of the Vergara trial, criticizing Common Core testing and singling out political figures for reprimand. Striking a more combative tone than she used earlier this month when she...
By Vanessa Romo | July 11, 2014