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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... »

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... »

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... »

SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

SBAC Field Tests: An Experiment With Chromebooks

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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 ... »

Let’s Have A One-to-One Chat

Let’s Have A One-to-One Chat

Guest post by Roberta Eidman, MPH, a Los Angeles community member. On October 29th, the LAUSD School Board will review Superintendent John Deasy’s controversial One-to-One i-Pad initiative.  Parents, teacher and press have criticized the project for its $1B price tag, use of bond funding, security glitches and absence of instructional planning.  Still, Deasy is determined to forge ahead into Phase... »

LAUSD: Deasy’s iPads for All, At What Cost?

LAUSD: Deasy’s iPads for All, At What Cost?

Warning….coming soon to a school district near you:  iPads for all – paid for by voter approved construction bonds!!!! Yes, it’s true and it’s happening right now in Los Angeles.    Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy decided that all students should be given their own iPad. No matter that in January, 2012,  he announced in an Apple commercial that “we had decided t... »

Might Makes Right When Viewing LAUSD and California Nepotism…..or Does It?

Might Makes Right When Viewing LAUSD and California Nepotism…..or Does It?

Guest post by Ellen Lubic, educator and angry taxpayer. She is Director of Joining Forces for Education, a new non-profit group based in Los Angeles. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times printed two stories that affect public school education, and those who ‘dabble’ in it.  One was by journalist Howard Blume on the Billion Dollar iPad scandal at LAUSD, and the other was written as an op-ed... »

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