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State Funds to Cover Title I Gaps Need A Watchdog in CORE Districts

State Funds to Cover Title I Gaps Need A Watchdog in CORE Districts

SoCal Parent is an LAUSD budget wonk and past parent of a K-12 child educated in Los Angeles. Summary: California needs to watchdog state EIA/EDY funds used by CORE Districts who obtained the RTTT federal waiver to supplant legitimate Title I funds programs. In fact, LAUSD has not made its in-lieu-of-SES/PD plan for 2013-14 public and there is reason to be concerned that these crucial funds could ... »

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... »

Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

Open Letter to President Obama — The One Book You Should Read on Public Education: Reign of Error, By Diane Ravitch

by Cynthia Liu Dear President Obama, You must read Professor Diane Ravitch’s latest book, Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools. You won’t like it. No one likes reading about their failures. And that’s exactly WHY you should read it. Your legacy is at stake. You risk having Race to the Top known as Race to the Bank... »

August 20, 2013 LAUSD School Board Meeting Notes

August 20, 2013 LAUSD School Board Meeting Notes

By Karen Wolfe, LAUSD parent leader. Special to K12NN Parent Watch: Some notes on yesterday’s LA School Board happenings Parent representatives met with the Mayor’s office last week to express our concerns about the appointment of Melendez de Santa Ana. We pointed out that her political views and policy agenda conflict with the parents’ agenda, the voters’ mandate (both the... »

Melendez Choice By Mayor Garcetti Only Deepens Questions Surrounding His Education Agenda

Melendez Choice By Mayor Garcetti Only Deepens Questions Surrounding His Education Agenda

UPDATED, August 23, 2013: The OC Register reports that Melendez did not in fact file for retirement upon leaving Santa Ana Unified School District. This is despite her own blog post on her retirement, which cites wanting to spend more time with her aged parents as a reason for her early departure. Why the conflicting information? How very odd. Did she know that she would be chosen to act as Garcet... »

What’s In a Name? Only Jeb Bush Knows.

By Duke Hanna Skandera is now the head chief of Jeb Bush!’s reformy group, Chiefs For Change. And she’s decided to celeberate by snatching up a title that was not conferred on her by law: Hanna Skandera, one of most controversial figures in state government, has given herself a new title. Even without the New Mexico Senate’s vote of approval, Skandera is calling herself secretary... »

Advocacy groups urge rejection of NCLB waiver for California districts – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald Seven advocacy and civil rights organizations, led by Washington-based The Education Trust, have called on Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to deny nine California districts a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, saying any deviation from a statewide wavier “would be the wrong path forward.” “Instead, we urge California’s district and state leaders to work together on a ... »

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations)

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations)

There are so many reasons why California is poised to regain her leadership among states in public education. Most of them stem from the fact that policy-wise, we haven’t completely knuckled under to the damaging policies put forth by the Obama administration. We’ve been evasive on bending to the conditions required for a Race to the Top waiver. We have a large Democratic majority in b... »

No Teachers With Guns, No Police In Schools

On December 30, 2012, President Obama said he doubted arming school police with guns will prevent future school shootings, but then January 11, 2013’s EdWeek hints that he may yield to local law enforcement officers and communities if it has “bipartisan” support. While President Barack Obama said recently that he would be skeptical that more guns would be an answer to school safe... »

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap

In case you missed the #kidsnotcuts Twitter party with our expert Lily Eskelsen (@NEAToday) as the featured guest, I’ve collected some of the tweet highlights. http://twitter.com/K12NN/status/269138110795882497 A brief excerpt from Ms. Eskelsen’s bio: President Obama recently appointed Lily to the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, whose goal is to expand e... »

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