5 key lessons from the successes (and failures) of President Obama’s teacher evaluation reforms
The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the waning of the Obama administration bring to a close federal efforts to improve teacher evaluation — a practice once widely derided for its infrequent and pro forma observations, inflated ratings and lack of consequences. Today most states combine different measures, including classroom observations and student test data,...
By Matt Barnum | April 4, 2016
Nearly 20,000 sign petition calling on California colleges to recognize H.S. computer science credits
Last month, President Obama announced the $4 billion Computer Science for All initiative. The initiative looks to expand teacher training, includes investments in the computer science sector from tech heavyweights that include Google, Microsoft and Code.org, and aims to bring computer science to schools of all shapes, sizes and socioeconomic breakdowns. Proponents hope this effort...
By Lizzie Thompson | February 11, 2016
LAUSD educator to sit with first lady during State of the Union
Among the guests invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during the president’s State of the Union address tonight is an educator from LA Unified. Katrice Mubiru is a district adult education teacher who wrote President Obama in 2012 to encourage him to support adult education, according to ABC7 and a White House press release. As...
By Craig Clough | January 20, 2015
LAUSD board, unions vow support on Obama’s immigration action
The LA Unified school board and union leaders moved today to help ensure that district schools are “safe havens” in support of President Obama‘s recent executive orders on immigration. The orders, announced last month, potentially give deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants and their children. A resolution introduced by board members Steve Zimmer and Monica...
By Craig Clough | December 9, 2014
LA Unified officials praise Obama’s immigration order
In a rare sign of unanimity, LA Unified officials and school board member are praising President Obama‘s immigration speech last night. The order relieves the threat of deportation for up to 5 million undocumented immigrants, including parents of children who are U.S. citizens or legal residents. It also expands eligibility for those who were brought...
By Craig Clough | November 21, 2014
Zimmer calls on Obama to help undocumented immigrants
As President Obama considers an executive order on immigration that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S., LA Unified board member Steve Zimmer is calling on Obama to bring “relief” to undocumented immigrants. “[Obama] must do what’s best for our children — native born and immigrant alike — by ensuring that their parents can...
By Craig Clough | November 17, 2014