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Better Mental Health

Sebastian Ridley-Thomas | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
Sebastian Ridley-Thomas

When policy-makers say that someone has fallen through the cracks, we attempt to explain a situation as something that we cannot control. As an elected representative, it is my responsibility to identify those cracks, and propose responsible solutions to repair those cracks and ensure that they do not splinter again.

The Anthropology of Empowerment

Diane Luby Lane | Posted 06.10.2016 | Education
Diane Luby Lane

The Anthropology of Empowerment: How Blogging Led to a Book Deal with Simon & Schuster Diane Luby Lane "What they call you is one thing. What you ...

The Strategy Center--Finally--Gets the Tanks and M-16s Out of the LA School System

Eric Mann | Posted 05.25.2016 | Politics
Eric Mann

Today, after 18 months of ferocious uphill organizing the Labor/Community Strategy Center reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles School Police Department. They agreed to the following things.

Does LAUSD Want to Protect Children or a Bloated Bureaucracy?

Peter Cunningham | Posted 05.12.2016 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Across America, parents are demanding more and better educational options for their children while teachers unions and bureaucrats desperately fight t...

State Superintendent's New Blueprint Clears Up Dangerous Myths on Common Core

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 01.29.2017 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

The implementation of the Common Core State Standards is one of the most important issues in education policy today. Here in California, we have strug...

How Teachers Should Cope With School Terrorist Fears

EdSource | Rebecca Klein | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of EdSource, where it was originally published. Threats from alleged terrorists, some more widely publicized than othe...

Chris Christie Faults Obama For Failing To Prevent Los Angeles Bomb Hoax

The Huffington Post | Igor Bobic | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday cited a bomb hoax that forced the closure of all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District to m...

This Is The Email That Shut Down LA Schools

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 12.16.2015 | Crime

The anonymous email that sparked a shutdown of the entire Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday was routed via an email server by the name of...

What It's Like To Be a Parent in Los Angeles Right Now: "Nowhere Is Safe Anymore"

Quora | Posted 12.15.2016 | Parents

I received a text from my daughter earlier today informing me that she was not going to class because of a terrorist threat the Los Angeles Unified School District received this morning.

Los Angeles Schools Closed Due To Emailed Threat

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.10.2017 | Politics

The Los Angeles Unified School District took the unprecedented step Tuesday of closing all of its schools due to an emailed threat that was later deem...

L.A.'s Challenge to all Large U.S. Metropolitan Cities: Support Veterans' and Service Members' Children in Civilian Public Schools

Ron Avi Astor | Posted 11.05.2016 | Education
Ron Avi Astor

Nationwide, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) estimates that there are four million children whose parents have served our country since 9/11. The vast majority of children in veteran and military families are being educated in civilian public schools.

Wanted: The Right Leader for LAUSD

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 10.30.2016 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

Over the years, LAUSD has made considerable student gains, relieving overcrowding in schools and launching a range of much-needed changes to funding, ...

Pearson and Partners Pay in L.A.

Alan Singer | Posted 10.19.2016 | Education
Alan Singer

In April 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) announced that it was canceling its agreement to install Pearson software on the 40,000 Apple iPads it distributed to students at a cost of $768 each. The entire LAUSD project has been a fiasco from the start.

Dear President Carter

Angela Garcia Combs | Posted 08.24.2016 | Politics
Angela Garcia Combs

When I had no safety at home, when food was scarce and my life seemed impossibly violent and out of control, you became President. You instilled a belief in me that moral leadership will win.

What Use Does the Los Angeles Unified School District Have for Military Grade Weapons?

Eric Mann | Posted 08.17.2016 | Los Angeles
Eric Mann

We need a systematic and symbolic win -- that every police force in the U.S. must give back every weapon from the 1033 Program, that every city and town pull out of the 1033 program, and President Obama overturn the whole program.

L.A.'s Human Face of Big Data

Joel Epstein | Posted 06.25.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

Whereas. That's how my work day began. With a festive farewell breakfast and City of Los Angeles proclamation in the Mayor's Press Room for outgoing D...

Stop Underpaying Coaches!

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 05.11.2016 | Los Angeles
Anita L. DeFrantz

The education of a youngster in school does not take place exclusively in the classroom. There is a wealth of evidence demonstrating that what youngsters learn on the field of play is valuable in their overall development as students.

Understaffing LAUSD Is Behavioral Entrapment

Sara Roos | Posted 05.19.2015 | Education
Sara Roos

While even children must unarguably be held accountable for behavior that broaches criminality, who is going to hold politicians accountable for creating conditions that enjoin it?

How's (the Trash) Business in L.A.? Picking Up

Joel Epstein | Posted 05.17.2015 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

In areas like Koreatown and South L.A., it's not hyperbole to say that more frequent trash pickup and more garbage bins on the street would be cause for celebration.

LAUSD Aborts 'Computer Per Student' Program with Apple Computers

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 04.24.2015 | Los Angeles
Kimberly Cooper

Once again it's back to the drawing board for effectively incorporating educational technology into the classrooms for those who need it most within LAUSD. Let us hope for the sake of the students, that this next LAUSD "task force" is made up of actual parties who exist outside its ivory tower as well.

L.A. School Board Tells Giant Grower to Honor Its Workers' UFW Contract

Arturo S. Rodríguez | Posted 04.20.2015 | Latino Voices
Arturo S. Rodríguez

Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education voted nearly unanimously on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to urge a giant Central Valley grower to implement its workers' union contract.

UTA Foundation Mentors the Youth of L.A.U.S.D

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Marc A. Coronel

The agents hail from nearly every department of the agency, including talent and literary for TV, film and digital media, Corporate Communications, Client Development, Advertising and more.

Are You a 'Real Teacher'?

David Lyell | Posted 01.20.2015 | Education
David Lyell

Some would say if you don't like it, get another job. While true, if teacher quality is as important as everyone says it is -- one way to improve teacher quality is to make the job more attractive -- not less competitive.

Change Agent Ray Cortines Tapped to Lead the Los Angeles Unified School District

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 12.24.2014 | Los Angeles
Randy Jurado Ertll

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has been needing a shake-up for decades. Change can finally occur in a real and systematic manner, but Cortines needs to be made permanent superintendent in order to carry weight and power in decision making.

Los Angeles Unified Must Refocus: 5 Ways Bad Ed Tech Deals in LAUSD Hurt Kids Right Now

Cynthia Liu | Posted 12.08.2014 | Education
Cynthia Liu

Recently released investigative reports by a Southern California radio station has increased public scrutiny of Superintendent John Deasy's cozy relationships with Apple and Pearson executives before both corporations won the bid to supply LAUSD with iPads.