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Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

The cash-starved LA school district has chosen the path of least resistance to the corporate world at a time when companies are anxious to get their hands on the young minds of school children.

The Agenda: Burlesque, Ballet And Facebook Profiling

Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

After you catch a showing of the buzzed-about Black Swan, meet real life ballerinas and shop for dance-inspired clothes at BCBG Max Azria on Rodeo Dri...

Ali Hasan: Why I'm Leaving The GOP

Muhammad Ali Hasan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Muhammad Ali Hasan

Dearest Republican Party - Please know, I write this letter with love. You have given me so much and I owe it to you... I owe it to explain why I...

Compton Parents Are First to Enact Parent Trigger

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

The Parent Trigger is an amazing tool for change because it empowers parents to make decisions on behalf of the single most important stakeholders in education reform: the students.

L.A. High School Solves Budget Woes By Doubling As Set For MTV Show

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

From the John Travolta musical "Grease" to the current Fox hit "Glee," L.A. County schools have long served as locations for TV shows and movies. Bu...

LA School Board Presses Ahead With 'Value-Added' Teacher Evaluations

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The national debate over "value-added" teacher ratings has found an especially contentious battleground in Los Angeles. Over the summer, Los Angeles ...

L.A. Schools To Jamie Oliver: Thanks But No Thanks

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

Jamie Oliver, the English chef who took on the "lunch ladies" of Huntington, W.Va., in an attempt to make school food more healthful, has been told th...

Judd Apatow, Randy Newman and More Take the Spotlight for LA Students

826LA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
826LA

826LA is excited to turn over keys to the Writers Guild Theater and see Judd Apatow and his buddies take the spotlight this Friday night for the students of LAUSD.

Let's Address the Real Problem in Education

Jennifer Havenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jennifer Havenner

Individual schools should create their own evaluation system that takes into account administrator and peer observation, student evaluation and performance on a variety of standardized tests.

Rigoberto Ruelas and The Valued-Added Double Double with Cheese

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

Rigoberto Ruelas was a man who made a difference, a man who gave his way too short a life to his community and to his students.

LA Teachers Vow To Protect "Last Hired, First Fired" Policy

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles teachers union is promising to challenge a proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the n...

LAUSD Reforms Seen As Model For Other Districts

AP | CHRISTINA HOAG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A proposed agreement that would change how teachers are laid off in the nation's second-largest school district is being hailed as...

Value-Added Misses the Mark - And the Point

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

In the span of time it's taken the LA Times to publish what amounted to a three-part love letter, Value-Added has gone from experimental evaluation metric to union-busting public education panacea.

Los Angeles Parents Take Action To Improve A Failing School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

A group of concerned Los Angeles parents are planning to take action to improve what they say is a dangerous local school. New California legislation...

Why the Controversy Over High-Stakes Testing and Teacher Evals Matters

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Arne Duncan tied California's failure to secure $700 million in federal Race to the Top funding in part to the fact that LAUSD does not use standardized test scores as a factor in teacher review and evaluation.

A Letter to Rookie Teachers

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

As the new school year is about to begin, I believe it is vital that new teachers be educated as to the kind of parents whose spawn they will be meeting and working with come September.

Value Added is No Magic: Assessing Teacher Effectiveness

John Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
John Rogers

I worry about a flood of unintended consequences if the Los Angeles Times moves forward with its plans to publish the teacher effectiveness rankings of 6,000 elementary school teachers.

Test Score Bomb: Don't Name Names, Fix the System

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

The Los Angeles Times teacher rankings bomb has ignited a firestorm of controversy, a little light and a lot of heat.

The Real-Life Values Behind the LA Times Value-Added Teacher Controversy

Susan Kaiser Greenland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Susan Kaiser Greenland

Unfortunately, the data available to the LA Times reflects only teacher performance as it relates to standardized test scores and not to the development of social and emotional competencies.

Los Angeles Schools Rescind 522 Teacher Layoff Notices

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles school board has rescinded 522 layoffs of elementary school teachers, dropping the number of expected layoffs to a...

LAUSD School Board President Calls Out Meg Whitman on Latino Rhetoric

Wendy Carrillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Carrillo

As the election for Governor of California heats up, it seems that Republican candidate Meg Whitman has some 'splaining to do.

Price Tag For School On Ambassador Hotel Site Reaches $578 Million

latimes.com | Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The price tag for a complex of schools at the site of the famed Ambassador Hotel has become the Los Angeles Unified School District's most expensive s...

Apple to Roll Out .5G iHood for Underprivileged Southland Youth (Satire)

Brock Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brock Cohen

On Thursday, Apple president and CEO Steve Jobs announced that the Cuppertino, CA computer giant will be issuing modified versions of its wildly popul...

School's Out, and It Spells Trouble

Kaile Shilling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Kaile Shilling

No school means no lunch for many low-income kids, no child care for working parents, and more crime citywide.

The Carnival of the Animals, Poetically Speaking

826LA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
826LA

826LA students recently had the opportunity to learn about the unique coupling of music and poetry along with Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's composer-in-residence, Derek Bermel.