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iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder’s Re-Appointment: Which Way Will LAUSD Go?

iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder’s Re-Appointment: Which Way Will LAUSD Go?

The question for many school districts around the country this spring was this: how are they supposed to give computer-based, end-of-year Common Core State Standards (CCSS) tests? For over a year in Los Angeles Unified, parents, students, teachers, and community members have wrestled with the details of Superintendent John Deasy’s 1:1 iPad program and its $1 billion price tag. The second-lar... »

Los Angeles Unified’s “Teacher Jail”

Los Angeles Unified’s “Teacher Jail”

Brian Hayes is a veteran teacher in Southern California. His piece refers to how, after a child predator on staff was caught and removed from MIramonte Elementary School, hundreds of teachers who had no connection to the predator were also removed and kept in isolation. Many are still there or have lost their jobs. Read The Nation’s full investigative report, “Where Shame Is Policy: In... »

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... »

LAUSD School Board Tries to Un-Appoint iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder From Bond Oversight Committee

LAUSD School Board Tries to Un-Appoint iPad Watchdog Stuart Magruder From Bond Oversight Committee

Karen Wolfe is an LAUSD parent activist and supporter of public schools with children who currently attend district schools. LAUSD Wants Rigor? Well, maybe… The LAUSD school board on Tuesday rejected the reappointment of one of its most rigorous overseers in what many see as retaliation for questioning the use of bond funds to purchase iPads. Stuart Magruder, AIA, LEED, is the appointee of the Ame... »

Photo Gallery: Schools Los Angeles Students Deserve Rally 8-May-2014

Photo Gallery: Schools Los Angeles Students Deserve Rally 8-May-2014

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May 4 Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election

May 4 Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election

I was asked to cover the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) School Board District 1 Special Election Candidate forum held on Saturday, May 4, 2014. The event took place at the University of Southern California (USC), and it was hosted by the Walton Family Foundation’s key neoliberal privatization organization—Parent Revolution. Parent Revolution, henceforth pRev—a nickna... »

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... »

VAM/AGT and other neoliberal corporate reforms have all scientific validity of phrenology. They're just as racist as well.

American Statistical Association has just released a very important document on Value Added Methodologies

“The President of the United States and his Secretary of Education are violating one of the most fundamental principles concerning test use: Tests should be used only for the purpose for which they were developed. If they are to be used for some other purpose, then careful attention must be paid to whether or not this purpose is appropriate” — Gerald Bracey, PhD The American Stat... »

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... »

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... »

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