Saturday, October 18, 2008

The news that didn’t fit from October 19th


To help you decide, here’s where the candidates stand on the issues.

An analysis by a distant relative of smf. My daughter, going to college in Maine.


Many educators and politicians like to say a child’s schooling begins at home. That may be true, but what happens when parents don’t do their job?

JOE THE PLUMBER? Meet Joe the Counter and Joe the Speller.

Dumb politician tricks.

McCAIN AND OBAMA TUSSLE ON EDUCATION Vouchers, Federal K-12 Spending Among the Issues

Education was in the spotlight at the end of the final 2008 presidential debate, as the candidates had their first and probably only chance for a face-to-face exchange over their education platforms. Though neither candidate introduced new ideas or changed his education platform, the nationally televised Oct. 15 event gave school issues their highest profile yet in a campaign that has been dominated by economic, energy, and foreign-policy concerns.


●●smf 2¢: I have a catalog from a SIAS International University in China that poses an excellent question:

What should a

21st century

education do

if not prepare us

for the 22nd?

Charles Kerchner, a professor at Claremont Graduate University and a specialist in educational organizations, educational policy and teacher unions, writes the LA Times Homeroom Blog: While the financial markets have reached the point of panic, a longer-running crisis has enveloped Los Angeles’ school system. For at least a decade, people have called the Los Angeles Unified School District a system in crisis. Even when it does things well, it gets little credit.

DORSEY HIGH REJECTS AID FROM RIORDAN GROUP : L.A. Unified officials say former mayor's effort lacked campus support but say it could yet be welcomed elsewhere.

A yearlong effort by former Mayor Richard Riordan to lead reforms at storied Dorsey High School was met Tuesday with a clear answer: Thanks but no thanks.

'YES' ON MEASURE Q: Modernize L.A. schools

Daily Breeze Editorial

Most everyone has taken a turn bad-mouthing some action or another taken by the Los Angeles Unified School District, including us. But the district has made some notable progress over the past decade in its efforts to modernize and rebuild campuses.

THE AMBASSADOR HOTEL LESSON: Demolishing such iconic buildings not only destroys history, it wastes resources

Opinion by Diane Keaton | LA Times

Last week, I drove past the 22-acre vacant lot once known as the Ambassador Hotel. As I looked at the rubble of our lost cause, I pulled over, sat back and gave in to a feeling I can only describe as guilt. I thought about my connection to the once-iconic hotel, about why places like it are so difficult to save, and about what it takes to be a better, more effective advocate for historic buildings.


The price of higher education is getting higher and higher and, as the CBS News Fast Draw team illustrates, gathering funds can be like climbing a mountain.

La Opinión: SUPPORT EDUCATION – Vote Yes on Community College and LAUSD Bonds

La Opinión Editorial - Los Angeles voters must decide on two local measures related to education funding, one on the community college system, and the other on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Both cases involve authorizing bond issues paid for with minor increases in property taxes.


The Daily News has consistently portrayed teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District and their union as power grabbers who place their own interests above students' welfare. I believe most teachers are hardworking professionals who have the best interests of students in mind as they go to work each day. The district is not struggling because teachers are too highly compensated.

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