Parent power: The secret weapon that swept in change for public education in Los Angeles
Many point to record outside spending for the vote this month that brought a new pro-reform majority to the LA Unified school board. But what really made the difference is a groundswell of parent power as more than 2,500 parents were galvanized to usher in change. Hundreds of parents in the predominantly Latino east San Fernando...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | May 25, 2017 4:41 pm
Stepping up the fight: Los Angeles’ teachers union in the aftermath of its major election defeat
*UPDATED The teachers union in Los Angeles — one of the largest local teachers unions in the nation — suffered a huge loss in last week’s school board election, but observers say it will only cause union leadership to fight harder. Ultimately, that could mean United Teachers Los Angeles will bolster efforts to unionize charter...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | May 24, 2017 9:35 am
Commentary: What pro-equity advocates in California can learn from their wins in LAUSD
(Note: This article first appeared on La Comadre and Education Post) By Chris Bertelli When the ballots were finally tallied in the early morning hours on Wednesday, those of us who work for educational equity in California’s public schools had reason to celebrate. After an expensive, hard-fought campaign, two political newcomers – Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez – were...
By Guest Contributor | May 22, 2017 5:17 pm
Zimmer’s support for a ‘charter killer’ bill factored into his defeat, colleagues say
Steve Zimmer’s vote in April to direct LA Unified to support a state bill dubbed a “charter killer” factored into the board president’s defeat at the polls this week, his board colleagues say. The contentious 4-3 vote supported State Bill 808 authored by Sen. Tony Mendoza, which allowed school districts to reject public independent charter schools if they...
By Mike Szymanski | May 19, 2017 2:59 pm
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Election night surprise: Why Steve Zimmer conceded with only absentee ballot results
Even before any results were announced from ballots cast Tuesday at the polls, Steve Zimmer stood outside a deli in Mar Vista and conceded defeat before heading inside to hug his friends and supporters. At that point, only absentee ballots had been counted, but more than 60 percent were against him, and he didn’t see...
By Mike Szymanski | May 17, 2017 3:47 pm
‘Respect parents’ choices’ — Nick Melvoin lays out his priorities for Los Angeles schools
*UPDATED In his first interview after declaring victory in the LA Unified school board election, Nick Melvoin vowed to protect parents’ choices in education and to move the district beyond the charter school versus traditional school narrative. “I would like the first thing we try to tackle to be moving beyond this what we call...
By Sarah Favot | May 17, 2017 1:48 pm