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Fiddling With Schools While Our Nation Burns

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Attacking teacher unions and tenure, high stakes testing, NCLB, Race to the Top, Common Core, charter schools... all these things are just fiddling around while civil society burns.

Note to the Academy: Don't be Bullied by the L.A.Times Critic

Jay Weston | Posted 07.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

There was a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times today entitled: "Burst the film museum's bubble." In it, the paper's architectural critic continues his vendetta against the museum's design by the legendary architect Renzo Piano.

Why Is Public Television Against Public Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Peter Dreier

You'd think that that public television would support public education, but you'd be wrong. The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) has gotten in bed with the billionaires and conservatives who want to privatize our public schools.

Web Extra: Public Schools for Sale?

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

In this video, Diane Ravitch and I talk about the problem with charter schools being run by billionaires, celebrities and individuals with no experience in education; the fact that taxpayers are increasingly funding religious schools and why hedge-fund managers see education as an emerging market.

MOCA Gala 35th Anniversary (PHOTOS)

Eric Minh Swenson | Posted 05.30.2014 | Arts
Eric Minh Swenson

On Saturday March 29, 2014 I captured an art world star-studded cast of luminaries at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of my continuing N(art)r...

LA School Board Member Steve Zimmer Stands With Students Against 'Vergara Fiction'

John Thompson | Posted 05.31.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Los Angeles School Board member Steve Zimmer nailed the essence of Vergara versus California, the corporate reformers' legal assault on teachers' due ...

Spoonful of Sugar for Waiting College Applicants

Rebecca Joseph | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Rebecca Joseph

It is important that we, as adults, remember to help students see that they can succeed and be happy at many colleges. As they wait for and learn which colleges have accepted them, we need to help them see the powerful of the options they do and will have.

John Waters And Jeff Koons: A Chat To Nowhere

Mat Gleason | Posted 04.27.2014 | Arts
Mat Gleason

Los Angeles turned out in force to see John Waters interview Jeff Koons at the Orpheum theater, part of a series of conversations sponsored by The Bro...

Batkid Can't Save Us

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Steve Nelson

Charity is not justice, and the conspicuous glare of charity is blinding us to injustice.

Paul Blumenthal

Revealed: Gap Founders Among Corporate Titans Behind California's 'Dark Money' Controversy

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Well-known corporate chiefs funded illegal "dark money" contributions to groups in the Koch brothers' political network that were involv...

The Price to Pay for Messing with Gods and Muses

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.01.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Unfortunately, we don't have National Theater here in the United States. But who needs it? After all, we are enjoying - or rather suffering - by wat...

Eli Broad, Houston Schools Supe Grier on Urban Education

Jane Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Jane Williams

This week on Bloomberg EDU, Eli Broad, philanthropist and founder of two Fortune 500 companies, discusses his native Detroit public schools, blended learning, school leadership and a national system for education.

Keep Your 'Disruption' Out of Our Schools

Diane Ravitch | Posted 10.21.2013 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Mega-corporations believe they must continually reinvent themselves in order to have the latest, best thing and beat their competitors, who are about to overtake them in the market. City after city is now suffering a "disruptive" assault on public education.

MOCA Displays Frank Gehry's Design for Chinese Museum!

Jay Weston | Posted 08.20.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

My hero is Frank Gehry, the octogenarian genius who created the magnificent Walt Disney Hall, the startling Guggenheim Bilboa Spain building, and so much more.

If Koch Brothers Buy LA Times, Half Of Staff May Quit (VIDEO, UPDATE)

Kathleen Miles | Posted 02.18.2014 | Los Angeles
Kathleen Miles

Whichever owner wins out, change is coming, and LA readers and journalists need to be paying attention. The LA Times largely decides what is LA news.

MOCA To Stay Independent

Posted 03.19.2013 | Arts

Following partnership offers from LACMA and the National Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art just announced its plan to continue as an independent...

What's Behind MOCA's Plan to Ditch LACMA for the NGA? We Have No Clue

ARTINFO | Posted 05.14.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

The last week has been something of a rollercoaster of news about the Los Angeles museum world. First, after months -- years, even! -- of financial tu...

Steve Zimmer Defeats the Billionaire Boys Club With a Cost-Effective School Board Campaign

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.08.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

The Zimmer-Anderson school board race attracted national attention because it was seen as a test of the effort by corporate power-brokers to run schools like businesses, a strategy that they and the media misleadingly call "school reform."

The Billionaires' Threat to California's and America's Schools

John Thompson | Posted 05.05.2013 | Los Angeles
John Thompson

Why should beliefs by some trump the democratic rights of others? It should be up to the voters, rather than the courts, to decide whether our policies based on social science or the billionaires' hunches should be the law of the land.

Who Are the Billionaires Trying to Defeat Steve Zimmer?

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.03.2013 | Los Angeles
Peter Dreier

The race for LA's District 4 seat is ground zero in this battle over the corporate take-over of public education. The outcome of Tuesday's election has national implications in terms of the billionaires' battle to reconstruct public education in the corporate mold.

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.

The United States: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Edward Goldman | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

With the holiday season upon us, it might be a good idea to take a bird's-eye view of the American museum scene, here in California and elsewhere across the country.

Artist Group Creates Petition To Save MOCA

Posted 07.25.2012 | Arts

Yesterday Robert Storr wrote for HuffPost Arts about "the ongoing fiasco" at the Museum of Contemporary Art in LA, but we urge you to not give up on t...

MOCA And The Art Of Being Unreasonable

Robert Storr | Posted 09.23.2012 | Arts
Robert Storr

The urgent task is to save MOCA while it is still possible. Anything less will be a tragedy for Los Angeles in its struggle to match London, New York, and the cities of the future in Asia and the Middle East

MOCA and LACMA: That's Entertainment!

Tracey Harnish | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Tracey Harnish

A friend of mine said that she thinks the main reasons for LACMA's swarm of weekend museum-goers these days, can be attributed to easy parking and lots of nice outdoor hang-out space. Me? I think it's because of the spectacular attractions.