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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 ... »

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... »

Michelle Rhee Comes to Los Angeles; The City Shrugs

UPDATED: A student in attendance at the “Town Hall” wasn’t buying what Rhee was selling either. Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst group is holding a “Teacher Town Hall” meeting in Los Angeles on September 5, 2013, as part of a multi-city tour. I can’t fathom why anyone would be excited. As a Californian (since 1990), as an Angeleno (since roughly 2001), and as... »

What the Newark Merit Pay Experiment Is Telling Us

What the Newark Merit Pay Experiment Is Telling Us

By Duke Right now, in the Newark, NJ school district, a grand merit pay experiment is underway. Understand that merit pay has never worked in schools and most likely won’t work again in the Brick City. Still, the contract was negotiated and everyone signed off on it; merit pay is a reality in Newark for two more years, like it or not. We may as well use this time to thoroughly vet the Newark... »

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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Three-Day Education Summit Underway In Clearwater

Three-Day Education Summit Underway In Clearwater

  By John O’Connor Florida educators have kicked off a three-day education summit in Clearwater to discuss standards, testing, the state school grading formula and teacher evaluations. Gov. Rick Scott invited more than three dozen people to the summit, including parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, representatives from unions and other professional groups, lawmakers, business... »

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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