Education

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... »

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

Philly school principals are appealing directly to parents for cash

By thenotebook by Kevin McCorry for NewsWorks “Free” public education just got a bit more expensive for parents at Center City’s Greenfield Elementary School. Feeling a pinch from the Philadelphia School District’s budget shortfall, Greenfield principal Dan Lazar has sent parents an “urgent request” asking families to contribute $613 per student. read more ̷... »

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... »

What’s In a Name? Only Jeb Bush Knows.

By Duke Hanna Skandera is now the head chief of Jeb Bush!’s reformy group, Chiefs For Change. And she’s decided to celeberate by snatching up a title that was not conferred on her by law: Hanna Skandera, one of most controversial figures in state government, has given herself a new title. Even without the New Mexico Senate’s vote of approval, Skandera is calling herself secretary... »

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

Community Schools, An Untapped Resource: A March 18, 2013 Convening

By Deb McCurdy, Special to K12NN On March 18, 2013, public education advocates, administrators, school board members, school administrators, non-profit organizations and philanthropists convened at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles. The event followed from a discussion a group of First District CA PTA delegates had with State Senator Carol Liu’s staff on state funding issues. ... »

Why Rahm Does Not Care About the Kids in Chicago

Why Rahm Does Not Care About the Kids in Chicago

Chicago leads the country in the number of murders of any major city. Our mayor continues to ignore this fact and go ahead with funding and building new parks that cost $55 million downtown and a new river walk downtown that costs $100 million. My students on the South Side of the city live in one of the most violent and low income neighborhoods. Our mayor claims he cares about the kids, but his a... »

Chicago Teachers Strike: Why I’m On Strike & What I’m Telling My Family and Friends

Chicago Teachers Strike: Why I’m On Strike & What I’m Telling My Family and Friends

As the strike makes national news I am finding along with many teachers that many people are weighing in on the strike who really have no idea what is going on and are basing their opinions off a 2 minute news clip. Here are the talking points and explanation I will share with my family. Dear Friends and Family, As the Chicago Teachers Strike becomes national news it is important to remember a few... »