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The War Over Teacher Evaluations Misses the Point

Teach Plus | Posted 02.21.2012 | Education
Teach Plus

Making an impact for kids is the reason we joined this profession. A system that provides options and pathways to do exactly that is one that should excite any teacher.

Magnet Schools Are an Important Option for LAUSD

Gary Orfield | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education
Gary Orfield

We need to make sure that students from all parts of the city have the right to participate in this important alternative, which is one of the only real paths to college, particularly for disadvantaged students, that's left in the City of Los Angeles.

Education Window: An Option to Start Getting Involved in Our Kids' Future

Agustin Duran | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
Agustin Duran

If we do not want to see our children as another statistic we need to get involved in our children's education.

Linking Teacher Evaluation to Student Test Scores: Wrong 25% of the Time

David Lyell | Posted 12.27.2011 | Education
David Lyell

Nowhere is the disconnect between billionaires and public school teachers more stark than when it comes to merit pay proposals. So why are self-anointed "reformers" pushing this agenda?

LAUSD vs. UTLA: District & Teachers Gearing Up For Contract Negotiation

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.21.2011 | Los Angeles

Even though contract negotiations between the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union and the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) haven't eve...

My Class Size Matters

Larry Strauss | Posted 12.21.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

Class size matters, and it matters for all of us, except, perhaps for the very least effective teachers, those who are either completely incompetent or who have cynically stopped trying.

Too Little Too Late?

Marjorie Gilberg | Posted 12.19.2011 | Los Angeles
Marjorie Gilberg

Cindi Santana and her family did everything right to ensure her safety and the system failed them. Responding to dating abuse requires parents, schools, community leaders, law enforcement and elected officials to work together.

Dean's Amateur Drug Sting At California School Could Cost District $1 Million

The Los Angeles Times | Posted 12.10.2011 | Education

Laura Custodio, dean of Porter Middle School in the San Fernando Valley, sprang into action after hearing that an eighth-grader was selling pot to oth...

Sasha Bronner

Deasy On How Private Funds Will Save Public Schools | Sasha Bronner | Posted 11.22.2011 | Los Angeles

Last week, news broke that a privately-run Los Angeles Fund For Public Education was launching when solicitation emails hit the inboxes of most major ...

Sasha Bronner

Why LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Wakes Up At 2:45AM | Sasha Bronner | Posted 11.21.2011 | Los Angeles

LAUSD superintendent Dr. John Deasy does not believe in wasting time. He talks fast, sleeps little–-four hours a night-–and is in the news often f...

A Test Young Students Are 'Almost Guaranteed' To Fail

Posted 11.19.2011 | Education

Most four- and five-year-olds who take an English proficiency exam before kindergarten are bound to fail the test, according to a new study. Taking...

The LAUSD's Bold New Hollywood Donors

Posted 11.16.2011 | Los Angeles

Wealthy donors who once viewed the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as a bureaucratic "black hole" now have a new way to give to the city's...

The Man Who Will Save Los Angeles

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 11.15.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

The second largest city in America has the public education system of a poor, sub-developed third world nation.

WATCH: 'Two Teachers And A Microphone' Rap A Public Letter To Duncan

Posted 10.24.2011 | Education

Twitter's 140-character allowance wasn't enough for anonymous rapping teacher duo Two Teachers and a Microphone to talk education with U.S. Secretary ...

Los Angeles School District Redoing Its Homework Policy

Posted 09.20.2011 | Education

A new policy that caps homework as a percentage of a student's overall grade has been suspended. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent...

Crescendo Schools' Charter Revoked After Cheating Scandal

Posted 09.12.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified School District has chosen to not renew contracts with a group of charter schools that have been implicated in a cheating scan...

The Great Academic Implosion: A 10% Homework Cap for Teachers -- LAUSD Gets Punked!

Larry Strauss | Posted 08.29.2011 | Education
Larry Strauss

The school district in which I teach (the second largest in the U.S.) recently decided that homework can only account for up to 10% of a student's term grade. While I understand the good-hearted intentions behind this policy, it's misguided.

WATCH: LAUSD Cafeteria Menu Worse Than Dog Food, Says Chef

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles

In the final episode of this year's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, Oliver pulls a fast one on some of the biggest chefs in the city. Oliver lures ...

LAUSD: Homework Now Only Counts For 10% Of Grade | Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times | Posted 08.27.2011 | Los Angeles

Vanessa Perez was a homework scofflaw. The Marshall High School senior didn't finish all of it — largely because she worked 24 hours a week at a Sub...

In Defense Of Graduate Degrees For Teachers

Timothy D. Slekar | Posted 08.25.2011 | Education
Timothy D. Slekar

How about a small dose of reality? Graduate degrees were not designed to improve test scores.

WATCH: Middle Schoolers Protest Budget Cuts With Music Video

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 08.24.2011 | Los Angeles

It's the last day of school for the students of Roy Romer Middle School in North Hollywood, but the kids don't seem as happy as one would expect, repo...

Teacher Pink Slip Anxiety Increases Along With Budget Cuts

Posted 08.18.2011 | Education

While failing test scores, disobedient children and access to basic classroom resources are now constant causes for public school teachers to worry, m...

Report: LAUSD Wasting 25% Of Payroll On Pointless Training

Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) should stop compensating teachers for completing graduate-level coursework, according to a new report ...

LA Teachers Vote To Cut Pay, Save Jobs | Posted 08.05.2011 | Los Angeles

Members of the Los Angeles teachers union voted overwhelmingly to approve a temporary salary reduction in exchange for sparing thousands of jobs, the ...

Spending Among CA School Districts Wildly Uneven

2011-03-16-Screenshot20110316at9.39.25AM.jpeg | Louis Freedberg and Stephen K. Doig | Posted 08.03.2011 | Los Angeles

State lawmakers have struggled for decades to bring equality to how school districts are funded, yet some districts receive thousands more per student...