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
With Melendez gone, Garcetti not sure about replacing her
A week after his education liaison left to join LA Unified, Mayor Eric Garcetti is reconsidering whether he will even have an education deputy on his staff. Jeff Millman, spokesman for Garcetti, told LA School Report the mayor’s office “has not decided” if it will seek a replacement for Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, who...
By Vanessa Romo | March 25, 2014
Education Chief Arne Duncan visits a ‘Promise’ land in LA*
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan came to Los Angeles today to shine a light on a White House initiative that takes a holistic approach to helping kids learn. Duncan joined LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy and a group of teachers, students and leaders of the Youth Policy Institute at a community center in Hollywood. The...
By Vanessa Romo | March 19, 2014
At School, Melendez Talks Computers, Garcetti Jobs Agenda
Since becoming Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top education advisor four months ago, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana has made few public appearances but, today, for the first time, the 30-year educator took center stage alongside LA Unified officials. She was one of several speakers at the UCLA Community School in the Robert F. Kennedy Complex, kicking-off...
By Vanessa Romo | December 10, 2013
Deasy’s D.C. Trip Yields ‘Less than Positive News’ on Federal Budget
Superintendent John Deasy and School Board members Steve Zimmer and Monica Ratliff flew to Washington D.C. last week, not for a relaxing getaway but to meet with lawmakers to discuss the impact of federal budget cuts is having on the district. Known as “sequestration,” the cuts are costing the district hundreds of millions of dollars...
By Hillel Aron | September 23, 2013