Morning Read: State Democrats Pass Anti-Reform Resolution
California Democrats Blast Efforts to Overhaul Schools California Democrats on Sunday condemned efforts led by members of their own party to overhaul the nation’s schools, arguing that groups such as StudentsFirst and Democrats for Education Reform are fronts for Republicans and corporate interests. LA Times L.A. School Reform Effort Draws Diverse Group of Wealthy Donors...
By Samantha Oltman | April 15, 2013
Will Armed Adults Limit Mass School Shootings?
Los Angeles schools keep coming up in the national debate over having guns in schools to protect against mass shootings. The National Rifle Association and some San Diego officials have touted the preventative benefits of guns in schools in recent weeks. But in a Daily Beast article published today, former LAUSD students go on the record to express...
By Samantha Oltman | April 2, 2013
Morning Read: LA Teachers to Vote on Deasy, District Policies
LAUSD Teachers Set to Vote on Confidence in District, Union Policies Los Angeles Unified’s 40,000 teachers will be polled next month on their confidence in Superintendent John Deasy and whether they want their union to ratchet up demands for higher pay, smaller classes and an end to many of the district’s reforms. LA Daily News...
By Samantha Oltman | March 25, 2013
Morning Read: Pilot Schools Expand in LA
Incubator School in L.A. Sparks Discord Over Location, Teachers The pilot middle school, which is slated to open next year but lacks a site, will teach students how to launch a business in addition to academics. LA Times Sun Valley’s Francis Polytechnic High to Convert to Innovative Pilot School Francis Polytechnic High in Sun Valley...
By Samantha Oltman | March 21, 2013
Morning Read: Villaraigosa Fell Short on Education, Says KPCC
Why Antonio Villaraigosa Fell Short as LA’s Education Mayor As Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa prepares to step down in June, among the achievements he takes credit for during his eight years in office is improving one institution that the law gives him no authority over: the public schools. KPCC CTC to Survey New Teacher Prep Grads...
By Samantha Oltman | March 19, 2013
Compromise Protects “Intern” Teachers – For Now
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) voted Thursday to revamp training requirements for roughly 2,200 alternative or “intern” certificated teachers who teach English language learners — but did not disqualify these teachers immediately as some had feared. This decision came as a relief to hundreds of teachers in LA, including the 300 Teach for...
By Samantha Oltman | March 11, 2013