LAUSD’s iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

LAUSD’s iPad Deal: iPaid Too Much?

To the LAUSD Inspector General, the LAUSD Bond Oversight Committee, and LAUSD School Board, Scour the iPad project before $1 billion goes down the drain! LAUSD’s $1 billion project to buy iPads for students has only begun its roll-out. $30 million into the project, it already shows signs of missteps and even possible improprieties. Using 30-year construction bonds to buy computers with a 3-year sh... »

Los Angeles Unified School District, Proposition 39, Co-location Issues & Charter Schools

To my great surprise, LAUSD has pushed back on a judge’s ruling that the district give facilities to charter schools seeking more space in existing public schools. Of the judge’s order, which would affect up to 45 charter schools, Superintendent of Los Angeles public schools John Deasy and the LAUSD school board say … that it would require L.A. Unified to displace students from t... »

LAUSD Superintendent of Schools John Deasy Must Go

Joseph K. is a 24-year veteran of LAUSD, a former mentor teacher twice named a Johns Hopkins University Teaching Fellow, who now teaches poor, inner-city children who wake up every morning in their gang-ridden, drug-infested neighborhoods at five a.m. to catch the bus by six. He teaches the old-fashioned way – by ignoring standardized test scores. Instead of teaching bubbling, he tries to instill ... »

History Should Be Honest, by Joseph K.

Joseph K. relates how an assessment of his teaching through a quick 3-minute observation can lead to snap judgments, many of them superficial and wrong, about his overall effectiveness as a teacher and the entirety of his lesson plan. »

More Blood & Guts: Joseph K. Says Vote NO on the UTLA Tentative Agreement

On the UTLA Tentative Agreement: "UTLA has provided teachers with virtually no information regarding the matter (other than how wonderful it is), given them no time think about the issues (let alone discuss them), and are asking teachers to vote for the agreement starting, well, they already started. In the interest of full disclosure, I should say I have not read the fine print. But that is only ... »

LAUSD Releases Its Own "Value-Added" Rankings of Schools

The LA Times and LAUSD are focused on "value-added" measurements of teacher performance based on student standardized tests, despite flaws in methodology and data. Why is this foundation-driven effort--outside of any democratic process or accountability to the public--shaping the debate? »

LA School Seismic and Building Safety Inspectors Allowed to Slide By Despite Past Firings, Felonies

Great series regarding school building safety and retrofitting inspections in Los Angeles (earthquake country). Can we trust the inspection process? »

CRES #14, a New School in LAUSD & An Interview With Windy O'Malley of Echo Park Moms For Education

The construction of a new K-8 school in a diverse corner of Los Angeles, part of LAUSD, sparks passionate disagreement and discussion about who should run the school: a charter management organization, or LAUSD in partnership with the community? »

California's "Parent Trigger" Already Sets Off Investigation

The CA State Board of Education asks the Attorney General to investigate the petition-signing process that's part of the "parent trigger" to improve schools. »

CA State Board of Education Investigates McKinley Elementary "Trigger" Parent Petitions

The California State Board of Education has asked the State Attorney General to see if Parent Revolution petition signature gatherers misrepresented the goal to parents--to replace the low-performing school's teachers and administration with staff from Celerity Charter Schools. »

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