Read This: Alternative Programs Grow – and Vary Widely
The Hechinger Report‘s Jackie Mader has a fascinating new piece on the rise of alternative routes to certification for teachers in California and nationwide, focused in part on teacher residency program model that’s being operated by LAUSD and four local universities. Some key takeaways related to cost, growth, effectiveness, and variations among programs and requirements...
By Alexander Russo | May 30, 2013
What Next for Teach For America?
Read between the lines of June Kronholz’s Education Next piece (Still Teaching for America) and you’ll see find lots of interesting tidbits for both Teach For America (TFA) fans and skeptics — though, alas, nothing specific about TFA LA. The piece takes a look at the much-discussed school reform organization as it goes through a...
By Alexander Russo | May 17, 2013
Morning Read: District 6 Runoff Ramping Up
In L.A. School Board Race, Sky-High Spending Continues Record spending will continue in the last remaining race for a seat on the Los Angeles school board, as a political action committee has put together a war chest of about $600,000 to use on behalf of a candidate endorsed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. LA Times See...
By Samantha Oltman | April 22, 2013
Morning Read: Board Considers Speedier Teacher Investigations
L.A. School Board to Consider Faster Investigation of Teachers Sexual misconduct allegations at Miramonte Elementary School sparked a surge of investigations of Los Angeles teachers, pushing the ranks of those in “teacher jail” to more than 300 — and prompting officials this week to consider the rights of accused employees. LA Times See also: AP,...
By Samantha Oltman | April 16, 2013
Morning Read: Parent Trigger Proposal Well-Received
Proposal for Parent-Trigger Overhaul at L.A. School Well-Received Leaders of a parent group have endorsed a plan to improve 24th Street Elementary, which would be jointly run by L.A. Unified and Crown Prep charter school. LA Times See also: LA School Report, LA Times Now Teacher Dismissal Bill Off and Running With Committee Approval A...
By Samantha Oltman | April 4, 2013
Morning Read: Teachers Unions Team Up Against Tenure Lawsuit
California’s Two Largest Teachers Unions File to Become Defendants on Vergara v. California Lawyers for California’s two largest teachers unions filed a motion in L.A. County Superior Court on Wednesday to intervene as defendants in a lawsuit that would radically alter tenure for public school teachers. KPCC Report: Cheating on Standardized Tests in 75 Percent...
By Samantha Oltman | March 29, 2013
Morning Read: Deasy in DC
Angelenos Storm Capitol Hill for Annual LA Chamber Lobbying Trip This year’s Access LA group included Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, LAUSD school superintendent John Deasy, five city councilmen, and more than a hundred local business leaders. KPCC Also: Deasy was at the Council of Great City Schools conference in DC earlier this week. SBE, School Groups...
By Samantha Oltman | March 14, 2013
Districts Wrong to Rely on Interns, Teacher Says
Districts are wrong to oppose new state limits on the use of the state’s 4,400 alternative certification teachers who work with English Language Learners, according to former LAUSD teacher Walt Gardner, writing on his Education Week blog: “I don’t dismiss the idealism of new college graduates. I’m sure their desire to “make a difference” is sincere, but...
By Alexander Russo | March 13, 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
Morning Read: Union to Re-Interview Runoff Candidates
Big Money in L.A. School Board Races UTLA is apparently, re-interviewing the two remaining candidates. It sat out that race in the first round by endorsing all three candidates and spending no money. LA Times Runoff Campaigns Kick Off, City Hall Girds for More Cuts The mayoral campaign entered a new phase Wednesday, as Eric...
By Samantha Oltman | March 8, 2013