School Districts

“Turnarounds” At Two Los Angeles Unified Schools Prompt Deeper Questions Over Practitioner Center Schools

“Turnarounds” At Two Los Angeles Unified Schools Prompt Deeper Questions Over Practitioner Center Schools

Who and what are Practitioner Center Schools, and what is 24th Street Elementary School like now that PCS is the Education Management Organization (EMO) operating it? Los Angeles Unified is no longer in charge of this public charter, or is it? Unusual procedures for transformation of two Los Angeles public schools under California’s “parent trigger” law differ from in-district tr... »

Open Letter to the LAUSD School Board on Superintendent Deasy’s Performance

Open Letter to the LAUSD School Board on Superintendent Deasy’s Performance

Roberta Eidman, MPH, is a public health expert and past adult education lecturer in LAUSD. If you too would like to share you concerns with the Los Angeles Unified School Board, their emails are below: Richard.Vladovic@lausd.net Monica.Garcia@lausd.net Tamar.Galatzan@lausd.net Monica.Ratliff@lausd.net boarddistrict5@lausd.net Marguerite.Lamotte@lausd.net Szimmer@lausd.net Kelli.Bernard@lacity.org ... »

Speak Up and Be Heard! Attend the LAUSD School Board Meeting and Reassert the Will of the Voters

Speak Up and Be Heard! Attend the LAUSD School Board Meeting and Reassert the Will of the Voters

Guest op-ed by Ellen Lubic, educator and longtime Los Angeles resident. She is founder of Joining Forces for Education. We Must Stop This! Join me and other Los Angeles residents, Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at 9 AM at 333 South Beaudry St. in downtown LA — and I would hope to see hundreds of parents, teachers, and others in line. It is not only disheartening, but it is downright alarming whe... »

Slicing Up LAUSD’s “Apple” iPad Pie

Slicing Up LAUSD’s “Apple” iPad Pie

  Guest post by Understanding Equity, a Los Angeles resident and teacher. Even Costco most likely could provide a break down of the cost of every ingredient needed to make one  of their famous apple pies.  But, when it comes to LAUSD’s Apple iPad purchase, no one seems or admits to have any idea how the deal was sliced up. What we do know is the total cost of the iPad which included software ... »

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 ... »

Let’s Have A One-to-One Chat

Let’s Have A One-to-One Chat

Guest post by Roberta Eidman, MPH, a Los Angeles community member. On October 29th, the LAUSD School Board will review Superintendent John Deasy’s controversial One-to-One i-Pad initiative.  Parents, teacher and press have criticized the project for its $1B price tag, use of bond funding, security glitches and absence of instructional planning.  Still, Deasy is determined to forge ahead into Phase... »

LAUSD: Deasy’s iPads for All, At What Cost?

LAUSD: Deasy’s iPads for All, At What Cost?

Warning….coming soon to a school district near you:  iPads for all – paid for by voter approved construction bonds!!!! Yes, it’s true and it’s happening right now in Los Angeles.    Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy decided that all students should be given their own iPad. No matter that in January, 2012,  he announced in an Apple commercial that “we had decided t... »

Might Makes Right When Viewing LAUSD and California Nepotism…..or Does It?

Might Makes Right When Viewing LAUSD and California Nepotism…..or Does It?

Guest post by Ellen Lubic, educator and angry taxpayer. She is Director of Joining Forces for Education, a new non-profit group based in Los Angeles. Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times printed two stories that affect public school education, and those who ‘dabble’ in it.  One was by journalist Howard Blume on the Billion Dollar iPad scandal at LAUSD, and the other was written as an op-ed... »

iPads in the Classroom: How Did Lewisville Independent School District Get It So Right and Los Angeles Unified Get It So Wrong?

iPads in the Classroom: How Did Lewisville Independent School District Get It So Right and Los Angeles Unified Get It So Wrong?

Guest post by Los Angeles resident and edublogger Understanding Equity. Contrast between LAUSD and Lewisville ISD, Lewisville, TX: One to One Technology Plan as featured in Ed Week Recently, issues surrounding the rollout of iPads to students in LAUSD have lead to media reports of breaches in security, missing iPads and indecisiveness as to the iPads take-home policy. Rollouts of iPads in other sc... »

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... »

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