Sunday, March 22, 2009

The news that didn’t fit from March 22

REAL TRANSPARENCY WILL BE TRICKY WITH STIMULUS SPENDING: Following the money will be the hard part
Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:42 PM
Obama says he wants the public to know exactly where the stimulus aid is going. But watchdogs complain that the White House disclosure guidelines have loopholes.  By Paul West | The Baltimore Sun | From the Los Angeles Times    March 21, 2009 — Reporting from Washington — Barack Obama says unprecedented transparency will be a hallmark of his presidency. But following the money in the stimulus

Saturday, March 21, 2009 1:39 PM
By Greg Toppo, USA TODAY  A long-awaited federal study finds that an estimated 32 million adults in the USA — about one in seven — are saddled with such low literacy skills that it would be tough for them to read anything more challenging than a children's picture book or to understand a medication's side effects listed on a pill bottle.  Though many communities are making strides to tackle

U  P D A T E D: CALLING THE IRONY POLICE: A letter from Superintendent Cortines dated Feb 7th, 2000
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 3:23 PM
“I wish you the best of luck as you embark on this most exciting initiative.”     3pm - 18 March: The Superintendent rescinded his proposal to eliminate the APEIS's this morning according to knowledgeable sources.    A Victory well won!   Now let's save arts and gifted and PE and bilingual ed and the futures of 700,000 special gifted artistic wonderful kids! - smf     Last week Superintendent

Monday, March 16, 2009 5:05 PM
from     ●●smf's 2¢ — It's dumb data, but at least none of the 100 are in Southern California - let alone LAUSD!     …and the equally suspect 100 Best follow! (19 in SoCal, 1 in LAUSD)      NeighborhoodScout® is one of those Real Estate Listing Services that attempt to show Where the Livin' is Easiest, Best, Safest, Whitest, etc.   100 Worst Public Schools in

CENTRAL REGION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL #14 IN ECHO PARK: The adults push and shove …and the children + the voters + the taxpayers + the school (and $16 million) are potentially left behind.
Monday, March 16, 2009 2:21 PM
by smf for 4LAKids  Much has been made about Central Region Elementary School #14 — which was conceived and designed to relieve overcrowding and gets kids off the bus, out of multitrack year 'round calendars and into schools in their neighborhood.   The process at CRES#14 was not all that

PINK SLIPS FOR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS: Putting a name and a face and a school and 679 students on the bottom line
Monday, March 16, 2009 9:26 AM
Pam Tronson writes: Dear fellow elementary school parents,   This week, all of the

LIVE FROM AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION: The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, the governing body of the Los Angeles Unified School District
Monday, March 16, 2009 12:11 AM
From the meeting of March 10th,2009 — following testimony from parents who were ushered in and out of the room one by one to speak to the lack of parent involvement in budget and reduction in force (layoff) discussions.     Note: The board, by policy, does not respond directly to public comment    transcribed from KLCS – the cast, in order of appearance

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