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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... »

About those LAUSD iPads…

About those LAUSD iPads…

Another reader of K12NN writes in to say: “If you think that LAUSD is paying too much for the iPads, then what are the alternatives? Many would think that a Surface Pro (the Surface RT has too little horsepower) would be the way to go. But now Micro$oft would pay $200 to any iPad switcher: Microsoft will pay iPad users at least $200 to switch to Surface Doesn’t it give you pause that t... »

Four Key Questions All Parents Should Ask About Tablet Use in LAUSD Classrooms

Four Key Questions All Parents Should Ask About Tablet Use in LAUSD Classrooms

Dear Los Angeles Unified School Board Members: I’m a private citizen who cares about Public Education. I question the District’s decision to equip every student and teacher with an i-Pad, presumably for pedagogical purposes. These devices are appealing in many ways. I have one. But they don’t replace full-function computers, applications and networking software. I don’t like that such ... »

Open Letter to LAUSD Board Members Regarding iPad Purchases

Open Letter to LAUSD Board Members Regarding iPad Purchases

The following letter was sent to the LAUSD Board (emails below) and has been shared with K12NN. The author’s concerns are undoubtedly shared by many but s/he prefers not to self-promote as well as protect her/his privacy. Accordingly, the author’s name is not included. –Ed. marguerite.lamotte@lausd.net | (213) 241-6382 mónica.garcia@lausd.net | (213) 241-6180 tamar.galatzan@lausd... »

Apple Sells iPads to LAUSD — Something Does Not Compute

Apple Sells iPads to LAUSD — Something Does Not Compute

I’m writing this on my MacBook Pro, and I really appreciate that irony and privilege. But it doesn’t change what I’m about to say. When the Los Angeles Unified School District’s School Board decided at its mid-June 2013 meeting to purchase iPads for every child in the district, I was aghast. It wasn’t only the price, which was above retail (ABOVE retail?? What happene... »

LAUSD’s iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

LAUSD’s iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

To the LAUSD Inspector General, the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee, and LAUSD School Board, Scour the iPad project before $1 billion goes down the drain! LAUSD’s $1 billion project to buy iPads for students has only begun its roll-out. $30 million into the project, it already shows signs of missteps and even possible improprieties. Using 30-year construction bonds to buy computers with a 3-year sh... »

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald In order to avoid serving two masters – the old state academic standards and the new multi-state Common Core standards – state leaders are now proposing to discontinue nearly all state standardized tests next spring, including English language arts and math. Instead, districts with technical capacity will be required to … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsou... »

Protected: Live in LAUSD? Sign the SPARCs Petition In Support of the Lorena Resolution

Protected: Live in LAUSD? Sign the SPARCs Petition In Support of the Lorena Resolution

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Et tu, 5-2? (LAUSD School Board Meeting, August 20, 2013)

Special to K12NN from Karen Wolfe. Karen is an LAUSD parent leader and activist in support of public schools. While corporate education reformers take every opportunity during this week’s anniversary of the March on Washington to co-opt civil rights rhetoric, I was fortunate to bear witness as Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, the feisty, African American septuagenarian on LAUSD’s board out-did any s... »

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... »

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