Elections

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 4 Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election

May 4 Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election

I was asked to cover the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Board District 1 Special Election Candidate forum held on Saturday, May 4, 2014. The event took place at the University of Southern California (USC), and it was hosted by the Walton Family Foundation’s key neoliberal privatization organization—Parent Revolution. Parent Revolution, henceforth pRev—a nickna... »

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... »

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

  Newsflash from the December 18, 2013 Sacramento Bee: A ballot measure submitted by a political consultant for education advocate Michelle Rhee seeks to remove seniority as a factor when California school districts lay off teachers, requiring that they instead base decisions on performance ratings. Performance, under the proposal, would be determined in part based on student test scores. Why... »

December 9, 2013: It’s Time to Reclaim the Promise of Public Schools

December 9, 2013: It’s Time to Reclaim the Promise of Public Schools

Public schools – an engine for the greater spread of lifelong learning throughout an ever inclusive American society, a lab for democratic action in practice through school governance, and the best investment in the future the present generation can make…or, an institution that consolidates power and privilege among those who already have it and sorts “winners” from “losers”? Back in October of 20... »

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 ... »

Op-Ed: Mayor’s Education Appointment Presents Pivotal Opportunity

Op-Ed: Mayor’s Education Appointment Presents Pivotal Opportunity

By Karen Wolfe, special to K12NN. She is a public school parent and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council Education Committee Rumors that Mayor Garcetti will appoint Thelma Melendez to be his education deputy are causing grave concern among public school parents. In making this appointment, the Mayor should follow his creed to lead by listening and consider first and foremost the concerns of p... »

Charismatic Charter Charlatan Amir Khan: Mayor Of Camden?

Charismatic Charter Charlatan Amir Khan: Mayor Of Camden?

By darciecima This one comes straight out of the “I couldn’t make this %#*@ up if I tried” file. Amir Khan is running for Mayor of Camden. Yes, THAT Amir Khan. The Amir Khan who Just last year Khan was living in Voorhees, trying to open a charter in Cherry Hill, but now he has moved Source: Mother Crusader      Related articles The Illinois Charter Commission. An über commit... »

Who Runs The Reformy Campaign Money Machine?

By Duke The reformy-minded campaign finance machine is becoming a fact of American political life. Michelle Rhee’s political giving around the country has been well-documented, as have the lobbying efforts of members of the educational-industrial complex such as K12, Inc and Jeb’s Bush’s FEE. Source: Jersey Jazzman     Related articles Just How Much of a Problem Is Campaign ... »

Robert D. Skeels: a community candidate for LAUSD School Board

What if the best candidate — measured on positions alone — is also the most under-funded candidate for Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education? At K-12 News Network, we thought you deserve to hear from an underdog. Note how plushly funded Michelle Rhee has just in the past 24 hours donated $250,000 to “corporate reform” candidates that Robert Skeels is runnin... »

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