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Parents Revolt and Take Control of School

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

While the Compton Unified District scrambles to stop the parent's revolt, many of the parents who have been harassed by district employees are talking to the media.

It Is Time for Teachers Unions to Join the Education Reform Team

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

Read my Education Reform Strategy here.Read my keynote on Education Reform at the Public Policy Institute of California here. In the 60s, when I was ...

Dear Davis Guggenheim, Sec. Arne Duncan, et. al

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Dennis Danziger

here's what I want from all the good people who lie awake at night haunted by the poverty that is our broken education system. I want transparency.

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...

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.

Mayor Villaraigosa and the War on Those Old, Inept, Do-Nothing Public School Teachers

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

On June 15, 2010, on this very site, Mayor Villaraigosa called upon the Board of Education, the ACLU, Public Counsel, the State Board of Education an...

Who Should Evaluate Teachers? Teachers Should

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

The Los Angeles Unified School District and its unions are considering bringing a robust version of peer review to Los Angeles. They should -- it's a good idea.

Memo to LAUSD: Before You Boycott Arizona, Stop Failing Our Kids

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Fernando Espuelas

For decades, the Los Angeles Unified School District has failed generations of children and our society at large in its one mission: to educate, to prepare our kids for success in life and give them the evergreen gift of education.

The LA Compact: A Dollop of Hope for Our Schools

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

Get Los Angeles Unified, the mayor, unions, and universities together to help schools get better? Yeah, we've heard that story before. But this time it might be different.

Every Child Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

BREAKING...Judge issues injuction against layoffs at three schools. Mayor Villaraigosa calls it a "major victory." READ MORE Giving every child the sa...

Poison Pill Labor Contract Threatens Plan to Lay Off LA Workers

Charles Feldman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Feldman

Wanna hear a joke? Only, this joke is on us! So, it turns out that there is a very big catch to LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's announced "plan" to eliminate 761 city jobs this fiscal year.

The Death of Public School Choice

Charles Kerchner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Kerchner

The LAUSD board, which in August voted 6-1 for a competition between internal and external education providers, did its best to kill it off on last week. A different policy for change is needed.

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...