Morning Read: Michelle Rhee Brings Ed Reform to California
Taking a Crack at California’s Education System Michelle Rhee came to prominence as the tough-minded chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools. Now she’s in Sacramento, taking on this state’s system — and its teachers unions. LA Times See also: L.A. Now Live Chat on Rhee and California’s Public Schools U.S. Ed Department Agrees to Review 9...
By Samantha Oltman | March 27, 2013
Morning Read: Decreased Pink Slips Statewide
Dramatic Dip in ‘Pink Slips’ Given to Teachers Reports are still trickling in, but the number could be as low as 2,600 notices statewide – down 87 percent from the 20,000 “pink slips” issued last year and just a 10th of the 26,000 notices issued in 2010, the peak during the recession, according to the California...
By Samantha Oltman | March 15, 2013
Morning Read: Will Board Race Motivate Voters?
Races for LA Unified’s School Board Attract Millions; Will They Also Attract Voters? Based on the media coverage and celebrity endorsements this LAUSD school board election has received, you’d think sitting on the seven-member panel was one of the most glamorous jobs in LA. KPCC How Outside Spending Is Changing the Race to Represent Northeast...
By Samantha Oltman | March 1, 2013
Morning Read: Rhee, Longoria Join Fray Over LAUSD
Michelle Rhee Group Donates $250,000 to Candidates in LAUSD Races A group led by former District of Columbia schools chancellor Michelle Rhee donated $250,000 Wednesday to contests for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education, adding further political fuel to a battle over the direction of reform efforts in the nation’s second-largest school system....
By Samantha Oltman | February 21, 2013
Morning Read: Outside Spending Soars in LAUSD Races
Outside spending in LAUSD race tops $2 Million Outside spending for the Los Angeles Unified school board campaign has soared past $2 million – including $1 million in the contentious District 4 race that has shaped up as a pitched battle between reform and union interests. LA Daily News See also: LA School Report Huge...
By Samantha Oltman | February 20, 2013
Morning Read: Outside Money Pours Into Race
Outside Spending Pours Into L.A. School Board Race Outside groups are mounting campaigns to influence the outcome of three races for seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. LA Times See also: LA School Report Teachers’ Ratings Still High Despite New Measures High teacher rating results, among the first trickling out from states’ newly...
By Samantha Oltman | February 8, 2013
No NCLB Waiver — No “Freeze”
California appears to be the only state in the nation that has applied for — but not yet received — a so-called “waiver” from NCLB but doesn’t already have a one-year freeze on NCLB’s ever-escalating proficiency requirements in its back pocket. That means California schools will be among the only ones in the nation operating under...
By Alexander Russo | August 14, 2012