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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... »

Los Angeles Unified’s “Teacher Jail”

Los Angeles Unified’s “Teacher Jail”

Brian Hayes is a veteran teacher in Southern California. His piece refers to how, after a child predator on staff was caught and removed from MIramonte Elementary School, hundreds of teachers who had no connection to the predator were also removed and kept in isolation. Many are still there or have lost their jobs. Read The Nation’s full investigative report, “Where Shame Is Policy: In... »

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... »

LAUSD School Board Tries to Un-Appoint iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder From Bond Oversight Committee

LAUSD School Board Tries to Un-Appoint iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder From Bond Oversight Committee

Karen Wolfe is an LAUSD parent activist and supporter of public schools with children who currently attend district schools. LAUSD Wants Rigor? Well, maybe… The LAUSD school board on Tuesday rejected the reappointment of one of its most rigorous overseers in what many see as retaliation for questioning the use of bond funds to purchase iPads. Stuart Magruder, AIA, LEED, is the appointee of the Ame... »

March 14, 2014: Remarks at the Association of Children’s Librarians Annual Institute

Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K-12 News Network. On March 14, 2014, I was invited to speak to the Association of Childen’s Librarians of Northern California at their annual Institute in the beautiful San Francisco Main Public Library. Here’s the substance of the talk I gave. In re-arranging my address to the ACL for publication here, I decided to flip the order and put the call to acti... »

Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?

Is LAUSD Superintendent Deasy the Defendant or the Plaintiff in Vergara v. California?

Do laws protecting teachers from politically motivated or personal vendetta firings by principals (or prompted by disgruntled parents) hurt students somehow? Edsource has been following the lawsuit against California and its teacher workplace laws closely and has a good summary of what’s at stake in Vergara v. California: In the lawsuit, nine students from Los Angeles Unified, Oakland Unifie... »

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 ... »

Local Control Funding Formula Accountability Councils — Did You Get the Memo?

Local Control Funding Formula Accountability Councils — Did You Get the Memo?

K-12 News Network has obtained an email that the United Way sent to its partner groups advertising an informational session held by Superintendent John Deasy that will provide details on the rollout of Local Control Funding Formula councils. These councils, part of Local Control Accountability Plans, must by law include community members, parents, teachers, and others who will participate in deter... »

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 ... »

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