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Real Technological Literacy for Public School Kids Instead of iPads for Tests or Code.org

Real Technological Literacy for Public School Kids Instead of iPads for Tests or Code.org

By Cynthia Liu, K12 News Network Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K12NewsNetwork.com, an education news and civic engagement platform for students, parents, and educators based in Los Angeles. In sixth through eighth grade classrooms in Pasadena Unified School District, elective Robotics classes hum with activity as teams of excited kids use laptops to build robots during the school day. Students sho... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Play Is Being Pushed Out By Drill and Kill

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Play Is Being Pushed Out By Drill and Kill

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

A Teacher’s Letter to President Obama: Apartheid Still Exists in Some U.S. Schools

This is part of a series of letters written by practicing teaching professionals in classrooms around America. These teachers have daily direct contact with schoolchildren. K12NN is proud to present Letters to President Obama. Letters were delivered to President Obama as part of an overall conviction by many teachers that federal education policies, as currently implemented, are not benefiting pub... »

Why This “Suburban Mom” Thinks Arne Duncan’s All Wrong

Why This “Suburban Mom” Thinks Arne Duncan’s All Wrong

Cynthia Liu is the founder of K12NN. Last week, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said “white suburban moms” oppose Common Core State Standards because they’ll find out “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they [sic] were.” SO. MUCH. FAIL. Where to begin? First of all, I’m not white, I&#... »

LAUSD iPads and the Will of the Voters: Just the Facts, Please

LAUSD iPads and the Will of the Voters: Just the Facts, Please

Commentary by Public Policy Educator, Ellen Lubic, Director, Joining Forces for Education Today, Diane Ravitch posted on her website an article on the LA Times editorial which once again lambasted the Board of Education for micro managing the ‘poor beleaguered’ Superintendent of LAUSD, John Deasy. The title of Diane’s writing is Putting Bureaucrats First.  Evidently the LA Times ... »

“Turnarounds” At Two Los Angeles Unified Schools Prompt Deeper Questions Over Practitioner Center Schools

“Turnarounds” At Two Los Angeles Unified Schools Prompt Deeper Questions Over Practitioner Center Schools

Who and what are Practitioner Center Schools, and what is 24th Street Elementary School like now that PCS is the Education Management Organization (EMO) operating it? Los Angeles Unified is no longer in charge of this public charter, or is it? Unusual procedures for transformation of two Los Angeles public schools under California’s “parent trigger” law differ from in-district tr... »

Open Letter to the LAUSD School Board on Superintendent Deasy’s Performance

Open Letter to the LAUSD School Board on Superintendent Deasy’s Performance

Roberta Eidman, MPH, is a public health expert and past adult education lecturer in LAUSD. If you too would like to share you concerns with the Los Angeles Unified School Board, their emails are below: Richard.Vladovic@lausd.net Monica.Garcia@lausd.net Tamar.Galatzan@lausd.net Monica.Ratliff@lausd.net boarddistrict5@lausd.net Marguerite.Lamotte@lausd.net Szimmer@lausd.net Kelli.Bernard@lacity.org ... »

Speak Up and Be Heard! Attend the LAUSD School Board Meeting and Reassert the Will of the Voters

Speak Up and Be Heard! Attend the LAUSD School Board Meeting and Reassert the Will of the Voters

Guest op-ed by Ellen Lubic, educator and longtime Los Angeles resident. She is founder of Joining Forces for Education. We Must Stop This! Join me and other Los Angeles residents, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 9 AM at 333 South Beaudry St. in downtown LA — and I would hope to see hundreds of parents, teachers, and others in line. It is not only disheartening, but it is downright alarming whe... »

Slicing Up LAUSD’s “Apple” iPad Pie

Slicing Up LAUSD’s “Apple” iPad Pie

  Guest post by Understanding Equity, a Los Angeles resident and teacher. Even Costco most likely could provide a break down of the cost of every ingredient needed to make one  of their famous apple pies.  But, when it comes to LAUSD’s Apple iPad purchase, no one seems or admits to have any idea how the deal was sliced up. What we do know is the total cost of the iPad which included software ... »

In Los Angeles Unified School District Power Struggle, Voters Choose

In Los Angeles Unified School District Power Struggle, Voters Choose

Guest post by Karen Wolfe, a parent and public education advocate who lives in Los Angeles. Parents and public school advocates are very concerned following the LA Times article about Mayor Garcetti weighing in on Superintendent Deasy’s waning support. I hope the mayor will keep in mind that voters value their right to elect an independent school board, a right to which the Los Angeles City ... »

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