The Soldier, the Parents and a ‘New’ Weigand Elementary
“Once we parents got united,” said Gloria Aroche, 24, a mother from El Salvador, who wears snap-button cowboy shirts and floor-length skirts with ruffles, “we lost our fear and felt the power. Felt it. Like a warm thing inside you.” LA Weekly this week has the remarkable story of how parents with help from a Special Forces hero...
By LA School Report | August 15, 2013
Mayoral Candidates Lack Commitment Reformers & Teachers Want
“For the reformers, the only concern is that Greuel seems not as willing as the current mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, to take big risks for the cause.” writes the LA Weekly‘s Gene Maddaus in his latest piece. “For the teachers’ unions who backed Garcetti, the concern is that while he would be better than Greuel, he might not...
By LA School Report | May 13, 2013
Will Garcetti Get UTLA Help Tomorrow?
According to LA Weekly‘s Patrick Range McDonald, there’s no doubt that Mayoral candidate Eric Garcetti flip-flopped on the controversial parent trigger mechanism last week. The only thing in doubt heading into tomorrow’s primary vote is whether or not the change in positions — which Garcetti’s campaign described as a “clarification” of his longstanding position —...
By LA School Report | March 4, 2013
One Mayoral Candidate Opposes Parent Trigger – Sort Of
On Friday, the LA Weekly first reported that all of the mayoral candidates but one — Eric Garcetti — had indicated support for the parent trigger. Then, in a 5:00 pm update, the alternative weekly reported that Garcetti was supporting the parents at 24th Street Elementary who have initiated a trigger process — “but he...
By LA School Report | February 18, 2013
“Rubber Room” Teachers Rarely Return
Roughly 300 LAUSD employees – mostly teachers – suspected of misconduct are housed in “rubber rooms,” as you may recall from last week’s LA Weekly article documenting the process and the costs of the lengthy review and dismissal process (127 days, on average). But how many employees ever find their way back to their old jobs? As it turns out,...
By Hillel Aron | December 12, 2012
Morning Read: Big Interest In “Race” Money
Uncertainty surrounds many district applications for Race to the Top SI&A Cabinet Report: With just over a month remaining to the deadline, about 80 local educational agencies in California are trying to decide whether to seek a federal Race to the Top grant given the long odds and resources required to even compete for a share of...
By Hillel Aron | September 18, 2012