John Deasy

UWGLA executives Ryan Smith and Jason Mandell. Photo credit LA Times, converted into a fair use meme by this article's author.

United Way’s Corporate NPIC Astroturf was thick in front of LAUSD last Tuesday

“By what logic does United Way engage in an activity that is shunned by all the other charities?” — Professor Ralph E. Shaffer Amid all the misleading and mendacious reports in the corporate media about Tuesday’s desk charade, there is one revealing Los Angeles Times photo of so-called “students” setting up desks on Beaudry Boulevard in front of Los Angeles Unified Sc... »

Real Technological Literacy for Public School Kids Instead of iPads for Tests or Code.org

Real Technological Literacy for Public School Kids Instead of iPads for Tests or Code.org

By Cynthia Liu, K12 News Network Cynthia Liu is CEO/Founder of K12NewsNetwork.com, an education news and civic engagement platform for students, parents, and educators based in Los Angeles. In sixth through eighth grade classrooms in Pasadena Unified School District, elective Robotics classes hum with activity as teams of excited kids use laptops to build robots during the school day. Students sho... »

LAUSD iPads and the Will of the Voters: Just the Facts, Please

LAUSD iPads and the Will of the Voters: Just the Facts, Please

Commentary by Public Policy Educator, Ellen Lubic, Director, Joining Forces for Education Today, Diane Ravitch posted on her website an article on the LA Times editorial which once again lambasted the Board of Education for micro managing the ‘poor beleaguered’ Superintendent of LAUSD, John Deasy. The title of Diane’s writing is Putting Bureaucrats First.  Evidently the LA Times ... »

“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... »

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