SAN DIEGO BATTLE A PREVIEW ON U.S. DEBATE ON EDUCATION
Sunday, October 18, 2009 8:09 AM
San Diego Superintendent spreads the gospel of 'value-added' teacher evaluations -- In Tenn. and N.C. Terry Grier adopted and expanded a statistical method of tracking student progress. Union resistance scuttled more modest efforts in San Diego, mirroring a brewing national debate. By Jason Felch and Jason Song | LA Times October 18, 2009 - When Terry Grier was hired to run the San Diego
NOT A GOOD DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hollywood High Player Dies, Fairfax Fight
Sunday, October 18, 2009 7:46 AM
Hollywood High School football player dies after collapsing during a game [Updated] -by Eric Sondheimer, LA Times Online October 17, 2009 | 5:44 pm A football player from Hollywood High School's freshman-sophomore team who collapsed during a game Friday evening died this afternoon at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, according to Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Ellen Morgan.
UTLA: ABSENT FROM REFORM - L.A. Unified is changing, but a UTLA split could cause the union to miss out on opportunities to be part of the transformation. -
Saturday, October 17, 2009 5:41 AM
Editorial from the LA Times October 17, 2009 -- It's easy to see why United Teachers Los Angeles doesn't like the new Public School Choice policy at L.A. Unified, which allows outside groups to apply to take over about 250 new or underperforming schools. Those groups are likely to include a large number of charter school operators that would hire their own teachers rather than sign a contract
CORTINES STANDS BY CONTROVERSIAL DEAL TO USE LAID-OFF TEACHERS AS SUBSTITUTES
Saturday, October 17, 2009 5:39 AM
by Howard Blume | La Times Online/LA Now Blog October 15, 2009 | 11:47 am updated 5:50 pm The Los Angeles schools superintendent says he opposes revoking an agreement that has imperiled health benefits for more than 1,000 veteran substitute teachers while costing hundreds of them regular work. In an interview, Supt. Ramon C. Cortines said he stands by a deal that was designed to help recently
Independent Monitor: PROVISIONS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL CHOICE RESOLUTION VIOLATE CONSENT DECREE
Friday, October 16, 2009 5:23 PM
WALKING FOR SUCCESS: Promoting College Education and Scholarship
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:22 PM
en español: Caminata por el Éxito Written by Alex Garcia, San Fernando Valley Sun Contributing Writer Wednesday, 14 October 2009 -- Ernesto Morales still remembers the knock on the door from Project GRAD visitors during the fall of his 9th grade year at San Fernando Middle School. "They sat down with my guardians and thoroughly explained to them the importance of going to college and the
SLUGGISH RESULTS SEEN IN NATIONAL MATH SCORES + CALIFORNIA SCORES AMONG THE LOWEST + SUPERINTENDENT O'CONNELL'S COMMENTS - NY Times: "Student achievement grew faster before No Child Left Behind, when states were dominant in education policy, than over the years since, when the federal law has become a powerful force in classrooms"
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:16 PM
SLUGGISH RESULTS SEEN IN NATIONAL MATH SCORES By SAM DILLON | New York Times October 15, 2009 -- The latest results on the most important nationwide math test show that student achievement grew faster during the years before the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, when states were dominant in education policy, than over the years since, when the federal law has become a powerful force in
NEW YORK SLASHES EDUCATION+HEALTH BUDGET $2.5 BILLION: Gov. Paterson's word for proposed cuts : 'pain'
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:15 PM
…but the recession is over. By Kenneth Lovett | NY Daily News Albany Bureau Chief Groll/AP -- Gov. Paterson will propose $2.5 billion budget cuts Thursday - mostly in health and education - to close a mushrooming deficit the controller says could balloon to a $4.1 billion. Wednesday, October 14th 2009, 4:12 PM -- ALBANY - Get ready for more pain in the wallet. Gov. Paterson will
DEAR RICHARD RIORDAN: An open letter to the former L.A. mayor on making parenting education part of public school reform.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:14 PM
By Esther A. Jantzen | Blowback/Op-Ed in the LA Times October 15, 2009 -- Mayor Richard Riordan, your disappointment in the progress of educational reform in the Los Angeles Unified School District, after all you've done as mayor and secretary of education under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, was palpable in your Oct. 12 Times Op-Ed article, "Course outline for the LAUSD." This lack of progress
Blog review: THE BROAD REPORT
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 12:11 PM
by smf Sharon Higgins aka “The Perimeter Primate” writes a blog, The BROAD REPORT: A Clearinghouse About Billionaire Eli Broad's Efforts To Dismantle Public Education. Ms. Higgins, Occupation: Mother, former critical care R.N., former Parent Coordinator, wife of criminal defense attorney and Commander in U.S.N.R. (Retired), off-and-on ceramic artist, Neighborhood Watch Block Captain - lives in
PRINCIPAL RESIGNS FROM GARDENA HIGH CITING A LACK OF UNITY ON CAMPUS
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:09 AM
by Melissa Pamer Staff Writer | Daily Breeze Tuesday, 10/13/2009 -- Just two weeks after Gardena High School found itself on a list of 12 troubled Los Angeles Unified campuses that could be taken over by outside operators, its principal has quit, citing a lack of unity on campus. Kevin Kennedy, who has been at the school less than two years, announced Friday he was taking an administrative
USING FEDERAL FUNDS TO MAKE UP FOR STATE CUTS (THIS YEAR): LAUSD makes up $140M budget cut with stimulus funds
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:41 AM
By Connie Llanos Staff Writer | LA Newspaper Group/Daily News ►from another story: The Department of Education's inspector general reports that some states are using stimulus dollars to replace money they've cut from their education budget — despite instructions to the contrary. When the Department of Education began releasing stimulus funds last April, it told states the money was
UCLA's LAB SCHOOL EXPANSION IS POSTPONED: Tough economic times delay the university's effort to replicate its Westwood educational program in lower-income areas.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 6:46 AM
Lab School Principal Jim Kennedy said he was discouraged by the lack of a commitment to continue the planning and fundraising needed for the project to proceed once the economy eases. "It doesn't appear to be a strong enough priority to survive the current economic difficulties," he said. (Christina House / For The Times / October 9, 2009) By Carla Rivera | LA Times October 12, 2009 -- In a
GIRL, 16. SHOT WHILE WALKING NEAR HOLLYWOOD SCHOOL: Police say the student at Helen Bernstein High apparently was caught in the crossfire of two rival gangs and wounded in the hip. She was taken to a hospital in good condition.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009 6:45 AM
By Robert Lopez | LA Times October 14, 2009 -- A 16-year-old girl was shot in the hip Tuesday afternoon within two blocks of Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood, where classes had just ended for the day, authorities said. The student was taken to a hospital, where she was listed in good condition, said Officer Bruce Borihanh of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police suspect that the
My Stanford researcher is better than your Stanford researcher - or- SCHOLARS SPAR OVER RESEARCH METHODS USED TO EVALUATE CHARTERS
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:21 PM
By Debra Viadero | EdWeek Published Online: October 8, 2009 Updated: October 13, 2009 Published in Print: October 14, 2009 The authors of a recent national study that found students in regular public schools outperforming their charter school peers are rebutting criticism that their research suffered from a “serious mathematical mistake” that negatively
SCHWARZENEGGER OKs SCHOOL BILL LINKED TO STIMULUS FUNDS
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 5:18 PM
By The Associated Press from EdWeek October 12, 2009 - Sacramento, Calif. -- California is removing a legal ban on using the results of student achievement tests to evaluate teachers, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill lifts a barrier that prevented California from applying for $4.5 billion under the federal Race to the Top program. Schwarzenegger says more
ONLY SOME ISSUES ARE FOR PARENTS, MAYOR BLOOMBERG SAYS. "It does not make sense for parents to be involved in larger issues like overcrowding, because those issues take years to resolve."
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 4:53 PM
By Julie Shapiro | Downtown Express - The Newspaper of Lower Manhattan Mayor Bloomberg at the New Amsterdam Plein and Pavilion under construction near Lower Manhattan’s Staten Island ferry terminal last month. Parents do not need a role in decisions like new school sites or school zoning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told Downtown Express Friday. Bloomberg said parents need only be involved in
SOUND BYTE: The "Golden Age" of American Education
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 1:13 PM
an interview with Tom Loveless, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies of the Brookings Institution from The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU 88.5 FM, Public Radio in DC smf: Last Saturday, in a brief encounter with UTLA Prez A.J. Duffy, we mutually agreed that the “good old days of LAUSD” weren’t; Duffy from his educator perspective (he attended New York public schools, joining LAUSD in ‘74) I from my
SMART CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 12:09 PM
by Tom Loveless, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies & Michael J. Petrilli, Vice President for National Programs and Policy, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | The New York Times (picked up from the Brookings Institution website) August 28, 2009 — As American children head back to school, the parents of the most academically gifted students may feel a new optimism: according to a recent study, the
GOVERNOR SIGNS SB 19 (SIMITIAN): Education Data Bill Ensures Access to Federal Funds
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 6:48 AM
California Chronicle | California Political Desk October 13, 2009 - SACRAMENTO – Sunday Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 19, by State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), which ensures California´s eligibility to compete for $4.5 billion in federal school funding. The bill puts to rest a controversy Simitian describes as "a tempest in a teapot" over California´s eligibility
Dumb adult tricks: IT’S A FORK, IT’S A SPOON, IT’S A …WEAPON?
Monday, October 12, 2009 1:15 PM
By IAN URBINA | New York Times Mustafah Abdulaziz for The New York Times -- Zachary Christie with his mother, Debbie, his father, Curtis, and the Cub Scout utensil that got him suspended from school. October 12, 2009 -- NEWARK, Del. — Finding character witnesses when you are 6 years old is not easy. But there was Zachary Christie last week at a school disciplinary committee hearing