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Let a Citizen Watchdog Do His Job: Keep Architect Stuart Magruder on the Bond Oversight Committee

Cynthia Liu | Posted 06.11.2014 | Los Angeles
Cynthia Liu

For over a year in Los Angeles Unified, parents, students, teachers, and community members have wrestled with the details of Superintendent John Deasy's 1:1 iPad program and its $1 billion price tag.

California, 60 Years After Brown v. Board

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.20.2014 | Education
Angela Glover Blackwell

As the nation celebrates the 1954 Supreme Court landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision, California is confronting its own troubling education reality.

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline That's Destroying Our Kids

The Foundation Boys | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
The Foundation Boys

No child in our culture should be written off as a lost cause, not by a teacher and not by the system in general, but that's what is happening day in and day out, in schools across the United States.

Rethinking School Discipline for Better Opportunities

Kavitha Mediratta | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Kavitha Mediratta

Studies show that African-American students were three times more likely to be suspended than white students during the 2009-10 school year, largely for nonviolent offenses.

Dear Marcy and Jackie: I Ache for My Daughter

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.24.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

Each week Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from elementary to high school, will answe...

Dear Marcy and Jackie: Whose Homework Is It Anyway?

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.12.2014 | Los Angeles
Marcy Winograd

Two educators with over 20 years of experience working with students answer your questions regarding reading strategies, essay writing, homework habits and math challenges.

Dear Marcy and Jackie

Marcy Winograd | Posted 03.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Marcy Winograd

Co-authored by Jackie Hirtz Each week, Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz, educators with over 20 years of experience working with students from element...

What One Urban School District Can Teach the Country About Stress Relief

Linda Esposito, LCSW | Posted 03.04.2014 | Education
Linda Esposito, LCSW

While there's no silver bullet, San Francisco Unified boasts a unique approach to tackling the biggest threat to student achievement: stress.The Transcendental Meditation technique is simple, and easy to learn and implement.

LA Schools Could Lose $200 Million If Parents Flake On This

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 02.03.2014 | Los Angeles

Facing the potential loss of up to $200 million in state money to help educate impoverished students, Los Angeles Unified is scrambling to comply with...

Should LAUSD Use Bond Revenue To Buy More iPads?

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 01.25.2014 | Los Angeles

An advisory panel overseeing Los Angeles Unified's iPad project signed off Wednesday on a $45 million request to expand the technology program to 45 m...

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.

Breaking Down The Numbers Of LAUSD's iPad Project

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Unified board will delve into the district's controversial iPad project -- everything from curriculum and keyboards to infrastructure ...

Back-to-School: Teachers Speak Out

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 11.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

In my role at Educators 4 Excellence, I've had the opportunity to work with two Teacher Policy Teams, interested in creating recommendations to improve the district's often ineffective hiring and retention policies.

Looking for a Few Good Volunteers...

Tamar Galatzan | Posted 11.10.2013 | Los Angeles
Tamar Galatzan

How do we, as a school district, make volunteering easy and affordable enough to allow everybody to participate, while ensuring that we protect our children? Whether due to budget cuts or increased security concerns it has become more expensive and more difficult to volunteer on our campuses.

A Dozen School Employees Arrested For Massive Textbook Grift

AP | Posted 11.05.2013 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A dozen employees from four Southern California school districts have been indicted in an alleged scheme to steal and resell thous...

Charter School Results Set High Bar for Public Schools

Rebecca Wolf DiBiase | Posted 10.29.2013 | Los Angeles
Rebecca Wolf DiBiase

Here in Los Angeles, the students of KIPP and Alliance are showing that quality public charters are already fulfilling that promise.

LAUSD Fights Back Against Allegations It Violated Teacher Contract

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 10.23.2013 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified's teachers union has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the school district, saying administrators failed to negotiate ...

50,000 California Kids Are On This Waitlist

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 08.28.2013 | Los Angeles

There are 6,000 charter schools nationwide, more than 1,000 in California and upwards of 250 in Los Angeles. It turns out, that's not enough. A repo...

Liberating LAUSD's Schools From Budget Cuts and Micromanagement

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 08.21.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

Amid this healthy debate, we want to remind stakeholders to stay true to LAUSD's movement to localize school control and Governor Brown's mandate to invest dollars directly in students, particularly those with the greatest needs.

The Epidemic That's Threatening Our Future. And How Los Angeles Unified School District Is Determined to Reverse It.

Robert Ross | Posted 08.06.2013 | Los Angeles
Robert Ross

In California, fully 58 percent of all disciplinary actions were for that category, not for the serious offenses you might imagine. Almost every state has an equivalent category.

Now That Prop 30 Money Is Trickling In, How Should LAUSD Spend It?

Los Angeles Daily News | Barbara Jones | Posted 08.01.2013 | Los Angeles

With millions in Proposition 30 dollars trickling in and more revenue promised under Gov. Jerry Brown's school-funding plan, Los Angeles Unified board...

How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If the Waltons really wanted to make positive change in children's educations and lives, they would steer far clear of Michelle Rhee and her troublesome track record.

Los Angeles School Kids Will Continue To Receive Free Breakfast Under New Vote

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.15.2013 | Los Angeles

Looks like Los Angeles public school students will continue to receive free breakfast in their classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District...

A More Confident System

Ama Nyamekye | Posted 06.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Ama Nyamekye

LAUSD leadership needs to hear candid and constructive feedback from the community. Then, and only then, will we foster the level of trust and collaboration required to truly lift morale and performance in our public schools.

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 ...