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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... »

Voters Wondering Who Can Fill Henry Waxman’s Shoes — Pound the Pavement

by Karen Wolfe. Karen is an LAUSD parent leader and activist in support of public schools. It seems everyone is asking “Who can fill Henry Waxman’s shoes?” The Congressman sent to Washington in the post-Watergate wave became a legendary watchdog and one of the most influential liberals in Congress. Big shoes indeed. There is no shortage of candidates vying to replace him—and plenty of campaign iss... »

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... »

The Vergera v. California Trial: More Double Standards From the 1%

We know that two epicenters of the funding for profiteering from public schools are Silicon Valley and Wall Street. And in looking at some of the major players pushing privatization of public schools, such as the ones based in Northern California detailed in this Crooks and Liars report, I can see a pattern that emerges again and again among the entitled 1%. They have one standard of expectations ... »

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 ... »

A Closer Look at Common Core’s ‘Close Reading’ Strategy Reveals Deep Flaws

A Closer Look at Common Core’s ‘Close Reading’ Strategy Reveals Deep Flaws

Special to K-12 News Network, from Coleen Bondy. She is in her eighth year teaching English and journalism at an LAUSD Title One high school in Reseda, Calif.   I went to an LAUSD training on the Common Core State Standards in November, and after the training I had many more concerns about the intent of the standards, the educational appropriateness of the implementation of the standards, and... »

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... »

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

K12NN Action: Decline to Sign Rhee’s Attack on Teacher Seniority (Ballot Initiative)

  Newsflash from the December 18, 2013 Sacramento Bee: A ballot measure submitted by a political consultant for education advocate Michelle Rhee seeks to remove seniority as a factor when California school districts lay off teachers, requiring that they instead base decisions on performance ratings. Performance, under the proposal, would be determined in part based on student test scores. Why... »

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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