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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... »

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... »

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... »

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

Common Core practice test would replace state math and English tests next year – by John Fensterwald

By John Fensterwald In order to avoid serving two masters – the old state academic standards and the new multi-state Common Core standards – state leaders are now proposing to discontinue nearly all state standardized tests next spring, including English language arts and math. Instead, districts with technical capacity will be required to … [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsou... »

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... »

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 ... »

Chicago reporters. An endangered species. Not dead yet, but on life-support.

Chicago reporters. An endangered species. Not dead yet, but on life-support.

By Fred Klonsky There was a time when Chicago investigative reporters were the envy of cities across the country. This was even before Woodward and Bernstein. Now there are just a few who even deserve the title. Ben Joravsky on the corrupt use and misuse of TIF money. Sarah Karp at Catalyst. She blew the cover on the $20 million dollar no-bid principal training contract. Linda Lutton at BEZ. And a... »

Local Control Funding Formula — A View From SoCal

Local Control Funding Formula — A View From SoCal

By Deb McCurdy, special to K12NN and reposted with permission. Students throughout California are finally getting some relief.  A few weeks ago, the state legislature reached a compromise on the 2013-2014 budget, which also includes a plan for future K-12 public education funding, and Governor Brown has signed it. The compromise budget provides for about $55.3 billion in local and state revenue fo... »

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