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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.

Lack of Diversity Within the Environmental Movement Continues to Persist

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
Randy Jurado Ertll

The top national environmental groups have virtually no Latinos, African Americans or Asians as CEO, president or executive director. Many of these environmental groups claim diversity by having one or two minorities on their board of directors. Some have hired a few minorities to be on staff.

Pasadena Needs a Warrior Leader Superintendent to Improve All Public Schools

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Randy Jurado Ertll

The PUSD has not had a superintendent like Ray Cortines in a very long time. Of course, few are lucky to have a Cortines, who went on to the San Jose, San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles schools.

An Independent Police Commission Needs to Be Created and Implemented Within Pasadena

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 09.20.2014 | Latino Voices
Randy Jurado Ertll

Why is the city of Pasadena so far behind on this issue, especially if there is really nothing to hide or fear with regard to the conduct of its police officers? Why do certain city officials object to this idea?

Substitute Teachers Deserve More Respect

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
Randy Jurado Ertll

The sad reality is that substitute teachers have been getting the short end of the stick for way too long. Most receive only a fraction of what regular teachers get paid. Most have no union representation or a retirement plan.

U.S. Should Show Compassion Toward Children

Randy Jurado Ertll | Posted 09.05.2014 | Latino Voices
Randy Jurado Ertll

The Obama administration has now announced that it is going to stop releasing children to family members. Instead, it plans to build more detention centers and expel children more quickly. This is not a humane response.