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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... »

Op-Ed: Mayor’s Education Appointment Presents Pivotal Opportunity

Op-Ed: Mayor’s Education Appointment Presents Pivotal Opportunity

By Karen Wolfe, special to K12NN. She is a public school parent and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council Education Committee Rumors that Mayor Garcetti will appoint Thelma Melendez to be his education deputy are causing grave concern among public school parents. In making this appointment, the Mayor should follow his creed to lead by listening and consider first and foremost the concerns of p... »

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... »

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. ... »

Gutting the Arts: Here's How NCLB Undermines Schools and How a Vigilant and Caring Community Fought to Save a Beloved Program

NCLB's narrowed curriculum almost cost our students wonderful opportunities. I refused to allow this school to ditch a fantastic program because they would rather hire a teacher who might have less experience and be able to come in for less money than to hire one to carry on this incredibly valuable art program. So did my daughter. We spoke up. You can too. »

Los Angeles School District: Brought to You By Corporate Sponsors

LAUSD votes to approve corporate sponsorship of playing fields, cafeterias, and other spaces on school campuses. Isn't the bigger problem drastic school budget cuts? »

Go Read It: Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Paper on Student-Surveyed Teacher Effectiveness

Read the entire study (Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Paper on student-surveyed teacher effectiveness), posted here by the LA Times. »

News Round-Up to December 3, 2010

News Round-Up, December 3, 2010 “Charters See Win in Court Ruling,” LA Daily News: charter schools win enforcement of Prop 39 (2000), LAUSD now must provide space at existing schools or new space for applicants requesting by February 1, 2011, decisions by LAUSD by April 2011. See also, LA Times, Charter Schools and Others Submit Plans for Takeover of New and Struggling L.A. Schools Mor... »

Chinese School — Not Just for Children of Uptight Chinese Immigrants Any More

Mandarin Chinese classes go from ethnic "old school" values to multi-ethnic, hipster parent "new school" trend, popular among...Mexicans and Manhattanites. »