School Boards

Over jeers and shouts, SRC suspends parts of school code

Over jeers and shouts, SRC suspends parts of school code

By Dale Mezzacappa Entering the overflowing room to a chorus of boos, struggling to be heard above the derisive shouts of hundreds of teachers, students and parents, the School Reform Commission voted Thursday to suspend parts of the Pennsylvania School Code. Image: …read more Source: The Notebook        Related articles SRC Votes To Suspend School Code, Bypassing Union Seniority Rules ... »

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks “Free” public education just got a bit more expensive for parents at Center City’s Greenfield Elementary School. Feeling a pinch from the Philadelphia School District’s budget shortfall, Greenfield principal Dan Lazar has sent parents an “urgent request” asking families to contribute $613 per student. read more ̷... »

Parents, Teachers, and Even LAUSD School Board Members Speak Out Against Parent Trigger

Parents, Teachers, and Even LAUSD School Board Members Speak Out Against Parent Trigger

Want to know what real-live parents think of “parent trigger”? Watch these videos. These selected speeches were excerpted from the June 18, 2013 Los Angeles Unified School District Board meeting and were made in response to board member Steve Zimmer’s resolution,  “Comprehensive Information for Parent-Initiated Transformation.” Here’s what some parents had to say: Here’s wh... »

School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue

School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue

By thenotebook This story is part of a multi-city partnership reporting on issues surrounding expanded learning time. by Michelle Maitre for EdSource When Tony Smith became Oakland schools superintendent four years ago, he vaulted the struggling district into the national spotlight with his vision of creating a “community school district” that would vastly expand the role of schools in the lives o... »

In the News: Top-performing school lands on closings list

  By Cassandra West   Calhoun North Elementary in the East Garfield Park neighborhood has logged some of the best math scores in the city, but CPS says it’s significantly underenrolled and should be closed next fall in a sweeping cost-cutting effort pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.   Its students will be sent nearly a half-mile north   Source: Chicago Catalyst     ... »

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 ... »

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

By Deb McCurdy, Special to K12NN On March 18, 2013, public education advocates, administrators, school board members, school administrators, non-profit organizations and philanthropists convened at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The event followed from a discussion a group of First District CA PTA delegates had with State Senator Carol Liu’s staff on state funding issues. ... »

February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Budget/School Funding)

The California PTA Legislative Conference is an excellent gathering orchestrated by the state PTA and usually happens every spring after everyone’s had a chance to digest the governor’s January budget announcement and State of the State address. (KQED has provided 7, 15, and full 30 minute versions of the State of the State here.) We legislative chairs and “lege trackers” f... »

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... »

Chicago Teachers Strike: Why I’m On Strike & What I’m Telling My Family and Friends

Chicago Teachers Strike: Why I’m On Strike & What I’m Telling My Family and Friends

As the strike makes national news I am finding along with many teachers that many people are weighing in on the strike who really have no idea what is going on and are basing their opinions off a 2 minute news clip. Here are the talking points and explanation I will share with my family. Dear Friends and Family, As the Chicago Teachers Strike becomes national news it is important to remember a few... »

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