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iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder’s Re-Appointment: Which Way Will LAUSD Go?

iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder’s Re-Appointment: Which Way Will LAUSD Go?

The question for many school districts around the country this spring was this: how are they supposed to give computer-based, end-of-year Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tests? 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. The second-lar... »

Los Angeles Unified’s “Teacher Jail”

Los Angeles Unified’s “Teacher Jail”

Brian Hayes is a veteran teacher in Southern California. His piece refers to how, after a child predator on staff was caught and removed from MIramonte Elementary School, hundreds of teachers who had no connection to the predator were also removed and kept in isolation. Many are still there or have lost their jobs. Read The Nation’s full investigative report, “Where Shame Is Policy: In... »

BREAKING: American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, Resubmits Stuart Magruder Appointment to LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee

BREAKING: American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, Resubmits Stuart Magruder Appointment to LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee

This press release was issued by the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles chapter just now. It calls for the re-appointment of Stuart Magruder to a second term on the Bond Oversight Committee that has been providing professional feedback on Los Angeles Unified use of bond funds for school facilities. AIA-LA Statement, LAUSD Citizens Oversight Committee, Stuart Magruder Term Two 052314 &nb... »

LAUSD School Board Tries to Un-Appoint iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder From Bond Oversight Committee

LAUSD School Board Tries to Un-Appoint iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder From Bond Oversight Committee

Karen Wolfe is an LAUSD parent activist and supporter of public schools with children who currently attend district schools. LAUSD Wants Rigor? Well, maybe… The LAUSD school board on Tuesday rejected the reappointment of one of its most rigorous overseers in what many see as retaliation for questioning the use of bond funds to purchase iPads. Stuart Magruder, AIA, LEED, is the appointee of the Ame... »

Voters Wondering Who Can Fill Henry Waxman’s Shoes — Pound the Pavement

by Karen Wolfe. Karen is an LAUSD parent leader and activist in support of public schools. It seems everyone is asking “Who can fill Henry Waxman’s shoes?” The Congressman sent to Washington in the post-Watergate wave became a legendary watchdog and one of the most influential liberals in Congress. Big shoes indeed. There is no shortage of candidates vying to replace him—and plenty of campaign iss... »

May 1st Candidate Forum:  LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election

May 1st Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election

By Radhika, LAUSD community member. May 1st Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election. I was a fan of the late Marguerite LaMotte, whose sudden death forced a Special Election. Of all LAUSD School Board Members, she was the most fearless in her advocacy for the children of District 1. I am a former Adult Education teacher in LAUSD. I am a Progressive. I am also a BAT. I wante... »

Actual SBAC Testing Conditions (California)

Actual SBAC Testing Conditions (California)

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. These stories, while anonymous, are from actual classroom... »

More on SBAC Practice Tests (California)

More on SBAC Practice Tests (California)

K12NN will be posting experiences teachers have as they prepare their students for the SBAC or PARCC Common Core State Standards tests or actually administer them as testing season rolls out across the country. The SBAC and PARCC tests are to be administered by computer and they function as the end-of-year summative assessment for students. These stories, while anonymous, are from actual classroom... »

#not4sale #notyourmascot: (Repost) American Indian Graduation Rates and Stereotypical Images On and Off the Field

#not4sale #notyourmascot: (Repost) American Indian Graduation Rates and Stereotypical Images On and Off the Field

This wonderful piece is re-posted with permission from Dr. Debbie Reese and her American Indians in Children’s Literature site. As you think about the ugly perpetuation of racist caricatures of American Indians by major sports teams, think also about how many high schools around the nation still feature outdated native-themed mascots. Isn’t it time to change our team mascots to reflect... »

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