Los Angeles Unified School District

“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... »

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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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... »

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... »

Melendez Choice By Mayor Garcetti Only Deepens Questions Surrounding His Education Agenda

Melendez Choice By Mayor Garcetti Only Deepens Questions Surrounding His Education Agenda

UPDATED, August 23, 2013: The OC Register reports that Melendez did not in fact file for retirement upon leaving Santa Ana Unified School District. This is despite her own blog post on her retirement, which cites wanting to spend more time with her aged parents as a reason for her early departure. Why the conflicting information? How very odd. Did she know that she would be chosen to act as Garcet... »

MUST READ: An Open Letter to Matt Damon: Yes, Your Kids CAN Get a Damned Fine Progressive Education in Los Angeles Public Schools

MUST READ: An Open Letter to Matt Damon: Yes, Your Kids CAN Get a Damned Fine Progressive Education in Los Angeles Public Schools

Reposted with permission from SoCalMom.net. Dear Matt Damon: It has come to my attention that you and your family are moving to Los Angeles. As a lifelong Angeleno (with Massachusetts roots), I want to welcome you to our complicated city. Our diversity, energy and culture are equal to what you’re used to in New York — you just have to look a little harder and travel a little longer to find it. Res... »

Parents, Teachers, and Even LAUSD School Board Members Speak Out Against Parent Trigger

Parents, Teachers, and Even LAUSD School Board Members Speak Out Against Parent Trigger

Want to know what real-live parents think of “parent trigger”? Watch these videos. These selected speeches were excerpted from the June 18, 2013 Los Angeles Unified School District Board meeting and were made in response to board member Steve Zimmer’s resolution,  “Comprehensive Information for Parent-Initiated Transformation.” Here’s what some parents had to say: Here’s wh... »

California Public School News Updates

  [wp_rss_multi_importer category=”2″]           Related articles Parent Trigger in California: False Promises and Failure Fiscal Showdown & Reduced Federal Spending on Education? We Say Kids, Not Cuts February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA Legislative Conference (Teacher Evaluations) February 25 & 26, 2013: The Annual California PTA... »

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. ... »

Robert D. Skeels: a community candidate for LAUSD School Board

What if the best candidate — measured on positions alone — is also the most under-funded candidate for Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education? At K-12 News Network, we thought you deserve to hear from an underdog. Note how plushly funded Michelle Rhee has just in the past 24 hours donated $250,000 to “corporate reform” candidates that Robert Skeels is runnin... »