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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...

The Story Behind the Test: Let's Gear Up, Not Give Up

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 09.29.2016 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

The first months of the school year always bring a familiar setting: students getting back into classrooms, teachers working on their lesson plans -- and, recently, the release of pretty sobering data on the previous year's test scores.

The $6.8 Billion Question: Who Should Control School Funding?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 06.15.2014 | Education
Ama Nyamekye

At the end of the day, budget decisions are policy decisions. The Local Control Funding Formula can be an opportunity for both the district and union to put real dollars into the promises we've made to our children and our community.

Can Our Union and District Get Along?

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 05.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

With a range of hard-hitting issues on the table -- like common core, compensation, and school funding -- it is critical that we have productive debate, deliberation and collaboration around how these reforms can be implemented in our schools.

L.A. 'Public School Choice' Program Swaps Competition for Collaboration

Charles Kerchner | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

It is too early to know for sure whether the Public School Choice initiative is producing markedly better schools, but the initial examination of student test scores from the first cohort of schools was encouraging.

An Overwhelming Vote Of 'No Confidence'

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 06.12.2013 | Los Angeles

LAUSD's teachers union issued an overwhelming vote of no-confidence Thursday in the leadership of Superintendent John Deasy as he finishes his second ...

In Los Angeles, An Expensive School-Reform Fight

Joy Resmovits | Posted 04.15.2013 | Los Angeles
Joy Resmovits

The nation's second-largest school district is at the center of a broader battle over the future over education reform. Since 2010, Superintendent John Deasy has run the district, implementing policies consistent with the national "education reform" movement, which pushes things such as test-based teacher evaluations and charter schools. But if the composition of the school board changes significantly, Deasy could be fired.

Why The Teacher's Union Is Spending $4 Million To Oust This Woman

| Posted 02.20.2013 | Los Angeles

This story comes courtesy of LA Schools Report. By Hillel Aron East LA native Monica Garcia only planned on working for LA Unified for three wee...

L.A. Unified, Teachers Union Reach 'Historic' Agreement On Teacher Evaluations

Posted 12.03.2012 | Education

The Los Angeles Unified School District and its teachers union have reached what is being called a “historic” tentative agreement to incorporate s...

L.A. Unified School District To Include Student Test Scores In Teacher Evaluations

Posted 07.26.2012 | Education

An agreement between the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles teachers' union has been reached that would for the first time includ...

Silicon Valley Nonprofit Launches Full-Scale Assault On Teacher Protection Laws

| John Fensterwald | Posted 05.18.2012 | Education

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation's Thoughts On Public Education blog, A nonprofit founded by a Sil...

WATCH: Teachers Speak Out Against Forced Transfer From Miramonte

Posted 05.04.2012 | Los Angeles

After three months of silence, the teachers who were transferred from Miramonte Elementary school in the wake of a sex abuse scandal are speaking out....

No More 'Second Chances'?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.13.2012 | Los Angeles

Thousands of students and teachers at the nearly three dozen adult education and occupational centers in Los Angeles could be in for a very bitter Val...

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...

Putting Quality Teachers Back Into the Classroom and Getting Our Economy Back on Track

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Antonio Villaraigosa

Protecting our children's right to learn and preserving their access to the middle class isn't a partisan issue, it's an American issue. So we ask Congress to act quickly to pass this the Teachers and First Responders Back to Work Bill.

Bringing a Third Chair to the Bargaining Table

Charles Kerchner | Posted 12.18.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Monday's editions of the LA Times, Daily News and La Opinion carried an ad from a coalition of civic and community organizations aimed at influencing the negotiations between the LA Unified School District and its teachers.

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 ...

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.

LAUSD Outsources 30 Schools

Wall Street Journal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

The city's Board of Education voted Tuesday to hand over some of its public schools to charter school operators and teachers groups, part of an unusua...

Snatching Outrage From the Jaws of Victory

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Superintendent Ramon Cortines has made everyone angry. His recommendation for who should run 30 Los Angeles schools gave everyone a little, but everyone has a grievance.

LA Schools' Big Experiment

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Think of it as a big chem lab experiment. The Los Angeles Unified School District is testing the hypothesis that allowing a bunch of people to compete for running schools will yield better ones.