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Why college reform will promote racial equality

I was very active politically in the 1960s, 70s, and the early 80s. Life became more difficult in the late 1980s with the arrival of a third child, and as I focused to publish enough to get tenure in a large Midwestern university. Today, as I look back on that time, I struggle with two perspectives about current anti-racist activism and about a continued anti-racist struggle in the academy. One of them is to believe that the current political reckoning over racism in the United States is differe...
Tags: Books, Featured, California, College, US, Blog, Atlanta, History, United States, Ferguson, Black, Social Sciences, Board of Education, Shaw, Cheyney, Wisconsin Minnesota


Record number of LAUSD students learn online while school’s out for summer

A record 100,000 students are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified’s digital summer school, which started Monday, June 29, with enrichment classes designed in partnership with celebrity filmmakers, musicians and sports stars. This is the first time summer school has been made available to all students in the LAUSD, and Superintendent Austin Beutner said that’s because the district believes it may help mitigate learning loss due to the pandemic that forced schools to close back in March and transition...
Tags: News, Education, Youtube, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Cameron, Lausd, Pbs, Disneyland, James Cameron, Joe, Board of Education, Los Angeles Chargers, LA County, Columbia Memorial Space Center


LA Unified chief calls to end school police use of pepper spray and policy allowing chokeholds

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 15 that he will recommend the district’s school board eliminate school police officers’ use of pepper spray and policies allowing carotid choke holds before the next academic year. He also tapped a small group of community members to help conduct a budget review of the Los Angeles school police, “to look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma,” and present concrete changes t...
Tags: News, Education, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Portland, Lausd, Lapd, Ucla, Southern California, City Hall, Board of Education, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Orange County School of the Arts severs ties with Santa Ana Unified

The Orange County High School of the Arts will enter a new act, following a vote Wednesday, March 4 by the Orange County Department of Education to take the popular charter school under the county umbrella and grant it a five-year renewal. The vote was greeted with a standing ovation from some 150 parents and other school supporters who showed up at an Orange County Department of Education meeting in Costa Mesa. Many had become frustrated in recent months during a dispute between the school and ...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, Sport, Rebecca, Soccer, Community, Local News, Orange County, Orange, Ken Williams, Board, Board of Education, Gomez, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana


Middle-schoolers at SAGE magnet in Sherman Oaks learn subjects from history to science with a social justice lens

Sixth-grader Abby Goff says he’s beginning to notice the perpetuation of gender stereotypes in movies, like when a male character fights another bad guy or when women are delineated to housework. It’s a sensitivity that many students don’t develop until taking critical theory courses in college. But Goff is learning it at SAGE, a social justice-themed magnet school program at Millikan Affiliated Charter Middle School in Sherman Oaks. The magnet — whose name stands for social and gender equity — ...
Tags: Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Gender Equality, Local News, Brown, Board of Education, Porter, Valley, GSA, Goff, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane


Historic Mendez desegregation case gets its due in Westminster — where it started

As a girl, Sylvia Mendez and her brothers were barred from the local “white” school in Westminster because their family was of Mexican descent. How times have changed. Today, the Mendez family name is featured prominently in a sign outside the Westminster School District headquarters, and similar honors of their civil rights legacy are in the works. This month, district officials unveiled the monument outside their office, reading “In Honor of La Familia Mendez” with some more words about a laws...
Tags: News, Education, Obama, California, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Westminster, Local News, Orange County, Central Office, Board of Education, State Board of Education, Fullerton, Topeka Kansas, Chapman University


LAUSD board runoff election will bring new member to the panel

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District board member Jackie Goldberg will look to rejoin the seven-member panel Tuesday when she faces former teacher and mayoral aide Heather Repenning in a runoff election. Goldberg and Repenning are vying for the Board of Education seat left vacant by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez, who stepped down last July after pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends. In the March 5 primary...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Silver Lake, Board of Education, Anti, Goldberg


Anti-tax group’s case against LAUSD parcel tax will be heard 2 days after June 4 election

LOS ANGELES – A judge on Thursday outlined what issues she will consider during a June hearing on a petition by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s challenge to Measure EE, which would impose a parcel tax of 16 cents per square foot of building improvements on properties within the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Jarvis petition, filed Tuesday, had asked that a judge halt the June 4 parcel tax election, or that the county be barred from certifying the results of the vote. During T...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Jarvis, Board of Education, Los Angeles Superior Court, San Fernando Valley, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Chicks, Strobel


Fight over LAUSD parcel tax heats up as district defends ballot language, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. files lawsuit

Hoping to quell a recently arisen dispute over the ballot language of a parcel tax measure going before voters in June, the Los Angeles Unified School District board approved a resolution Tuesday affirming that the property tax levy would not include residential or commercial parking structures. Yet the move did little to appease groups opposing the measure — most notably the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which filed a lawsuit Tuesday in an effort to block the June 4 election on the matte...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Board, Board of Education, Los Angeles Superior Court, Los Angeles Unified School District, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Why the U.S. can’t replicate Finland’s educational success

Finland's success on international student assessment tests have left many wondering if the United States should adopt its education policies. However, Finland's educational system developed from a culture that maintains education as a fundamental right; the United States lacks such an acknowledgement. Unless the United States undergoes a drastic reassessment of its social contract, meaningful education reform will likely remain out of reach. None Can the United States replicate Finland's educat...
Tags: Politics, Minnesota, Supreme Court, Education, Congress, New York City, Alabama, America, Society, Poverty, Teaching, United States, Innovation, Finland, Inequality, San Antonio


Former LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King dies at age 57

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King died Saturday at the age of 57, the district announced. On behalf of the entire @LASchools family, we are deeply saddened to share that our beloved former Superintendent, Dr. Michelle King, has passed away. Words cannot begin to describe the sorrow we feel, the love we shared with – and for – Dr. King…https://t.co/4Nz9ydGlhL pic.twitter.com/I19nGg3d4o — L.A. Unified (@LASchools) February 3, 2019 “Words cann...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, King, Ucla, Board of Education, Michelle King, Los Angeles Unified, Pacoima, LA Unified, Century Park, Top Stories LADN


A 9-day LAUSD teacher strike took a financial toll. Here are some numbers

The teacher strike that rocked LA’s public schools over nine days was definitely a blow to the second largest district in the nation. A bunch of numbers have been bandied about. But here’s a rundown on what we know about the financial blow to the Los Angeles Unified School District, and on a few other things, like whether teachers will take a financial hit for walking out. By Tuesday, the last day of the nine-day strike, an estimated $151.4 million was lost in state funding as a result of the n...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Diana, Lausd, Board of Education, Carlos, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Scott Schmerelson, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 5: Teachers head back to picket lines after marathon bargaining session overnight

LOS ANGELES – The union representing thousands of striking teachers and the Los Angeles Unified School District ended a marathon bargaining session early today and scheduled another round for later this morning in an effort to end a 5-day work stoppage — the first against the school district in 30 years. A negotiating session arranged in part by Mayor Eric Garcetti with an assist from state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond began at midday Thursday and ended at 12:04 this mornin...
Tags: News, Education, Office, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Board of Education, McKenna, Los Angeles Unified School District, Grand Park, Scott Schmerelson


8 questions parents have about today’s LAUSD teachers strike

How long will the strike last? That’s the question parents, among others, are asking as a Los Angeles Unified teachers strike gets underway Monday. At this point, it’s anybody’s guess. As classes were slated to begin Monday morning, LAUSD teachers were out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees and 1,000 schools acro...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Southern California, Board of Education, Wilmington, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Daily News


Answers to 7 questions parents may have about possible LAUSD teachers strike

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Board of Education, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA


​As LAUSD teachers strike nears, here are 7 things parents should know

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question parents, among others, have asked for the past week as a planned Los Angeles Unified teachers strike nears. The strike, currently planned for Thursday — though that could change — would mean the school district’s teachers would be out picketing rather than in the classroom. In response, district officials have been planning how to keep instruction going. But there are certainly challenges: L.A. Unified is massive, comprising more than 60,000 employees...
Tags: News, Education, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Athletics, Lausd, Local News, Jones, Board of Education, Los Angeles Police Department, Barbara Jones, Los Angeles Unified, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA


LA parents demand ‘equitable education’ as prospect of first LAUSD teachers strike in decades looms

As the prospect of an LA teachers’ strike loomed, parents showed up at Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters on Wednesday demanding “equitable education.” Nonprofit group ParentRevolution bused in the group of about 25 parents from East and South Los Angeles Wednesday to deliver 1,300 parent signatures to  headquarters demanding “equitable education” as the possibility of the first strike by the district’s teachers in more than two decades grows. LAUSD Board member Monica Garcia s...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Times, Board of Education, Valley, South Los Angeles, Litt, Los Angeles Unified School District, Haber, Los Angeles Daily News


Here’s how to reach your LAUSD school board member — without sleeping overnight on the sidewalk

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report Los Angeles Unified’s seven school board members — or six for now — make vital decisions impacting more than 570,000 students. Parents, community members, and the general public want their concerns to be heard, but what’s the best way to connect with the board members? Besides email and phone, there are board meetings most Tuesdays with designated times for people to address the board members. But the process has long been fraught with frustration, as...
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New ‘friendlier’ look coming for California’s school dashboard

By John Fensterwald, EdSource The dashboard is the website that rates districts, schools and student groups on test scores, student suspensions and a range of measures on a scale of five colors. It’s a key element of the state’s new school accountability system, which emphasizes performance on individual indicators without a single summative rating like a letter grade. Since its debut in spring 2017, the dashboard has gotten a lot of criticism. Parent and school groups said they appreciated the ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, New York City, Sport, Soccer, Healthcare, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Department Of Education, Mary Perry, Board of Education, Valley, Perry, Rodriguez


Magnolia Science Academy’s Reseda charter school campus is part of a bigger picture for revamping Reseda

Magnolia Science Academy Reseda (MSA-1), part of the Magnolia Public Schools network of 10 high-performing public charter schools throughout Southern California, held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the construction of its new high school classroom building on Friday, June 15 at MSA-1 on Sherman Way, in Reseda. School principal, Mustafa Sahin, stands next to the rendering of the new high school. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Several groups of dignitaries, sch...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sport, Soccer, Albert Einstein, Lausd, Local News, Southern California, Magnolia, Board of Education, Valley, Carson, Sahin, San Fernando Valley, MSA


The County That Closed Its Public Schools Rather Than Desegregate After Brown v. Board of Education

This landmark decision has been under attack since the day it became law
Tags: News, Education, Opinion, Uncategorized, Courts, Board of Education


LAUSD, service workers union reach agreement on new contract

LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Unified School District reached a tentative agreement Tuesday night with the union representing its service workers on a three-year contract, averting a planned one-day strike next week. The contract guarantees raises for the first year, provides economic wage supplements for the second year, which can turn into permanent raises, depending on the financial health of the district, and provides an economic reopener for the third year, according to the district’s Shan...
Tags: Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Breaking News, Lausd, SEIU, Local News, Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Vivian Ekchian, SEIU Local 99, Shannon Haber


Southern California students walk out to honor Parkland victims, press for change in gun laws, improved school safety

Using handmade signs, chants and phone calls to members of Congress, young people around Southern California turned fear and frustration into activism Wednesday, joining peers nationwide to protest gun violence in schools. The national school walkout — held a month to the day after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — was observed by thousands of students from the region. Students at San Clemente High hold signs during the a walkout on March 14. (Photo ...
Tags: Florida, Education, Congress, Colorado, California, Washington, White House, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Sport, Ap, Chicago, Soccer, Connecticut, Sydney, Long Beach


After hours of testimony, California state board rejects two history textbooks, approves 10 others

By THERESA HARRINGTON, EdSource After hours of testimony, the state Board of Education rejected two history textbooks from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, but approved 10 others based on new history social sciences guidelines. Following nearly eight hours of emotional pleas from Hindus and Indian American, as well as advocates for the LGBTQ community requesting fair historical representations in K-8 textbooks, the state Board of Education endorsed the recommendations of an advisory panel. When Board ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Lgbt, Sport, Soccer, Local News, National Geographic, Board, Board of Education, State Board of Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill, California Department of Education, Instructional Quality Commission, Kirst


Why is San Francisco the state’s worst county for black student achievement?

By Jessica Calefati, CALmatters Parents from San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood gathered around school cafeteria tables and listened as administrators delivered a hopeful message: Their children, who all attend Charles R. Drew Preparatory Academy, one of the city’s few schools serving mostly black students, were already on track to do better on next year’s state tests. But the staff didn’t tell the parents about this year’s results, even though the recent meeting had been billed as a forum to ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Washington, Boston, Fresno, America, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Fairfield, Jerry Brown, Naacp, Stanford University, Harlem, Plank


LAUSD to try out sex ed classes for fourth-graders

The Los Angeles Unified School District will test new sex education lessons this year for children as young as 9 years old. Nurse and educator Wendy Sellers is the author of “Puberty: The Wonder Years.” (Courtesy photo) “Puberty: The Wonder Years,” a course authored by renowned health educator and nurse Wendy Sellers, is among the lessons that will be offered to fourth-grade students, as well as those in fifth and sixth grades at a handful of schools. Why is sex ed necessary for students who...
Tags: Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Michigan, Lausd, Local News, Sellers, Board of Education, Los Angeles Unified School District, Kordic, Top Stories LADN, Wendy Sellers, Timothy Kordic


LAUSD to try out sex ed classes for middle school students

The Los Angeles Unified School District is testing out new sex education lessons this year for fourth-grade students, as well as those in fifth and sixth grades at a handful of schools. Why is sex ed part of school so early? Because, said renowned health educator and nurse Wendy Sellers, ignorance doesn’t help anyone. “(Students) should be able to learn about the very normal natural changes that happen for everyone as they grow,” she said. When they reach puberty — sooner now than in decades pas...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Michigan, Lausd, Local News, Sellers, Board of Education, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Kordic, Top Stories LADN, Wendy Sellers


Reflections on Thanksgiving and a Trump led America

Tuesday, my son filled my heart with joy during his first-grade “What I am Grateful For” presentation. He began his speech with, “I am grateful for God, because He created everything.” As a Muslim I was elated, that he put God first and that he felt secure enough to fully express himself in front of his peers. I looked around his public-school classroom appreciating the diversity and harmony around me. Like America, the class is a mix of folks from different ethnic, religious, economic and raci...
Tags: Family, Politics, Texas, Thanksgiving, Education, Op-ed, Religion, America, History, Fbi, United States, Tennessee, Islam, Civil Rights, Muslim, Election


A City in Mississippi Is Finally (Maybe) Integrating Its Schools 62 Years After Brown v. BOE

A federal court has ruled that administrators in Cleveland, Mississippi have three weeks to execute a timeline to integrate the small Bolivar County city’s middle and high schools. They have, rather improbably, remained segregated by race since Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 landmark Supreme Court case that deemed racial segregation of schools unconstitutional.Read more...
Tags: Mississippi, Supreme Court, Education, Race, Racism, Boe, Cleveland, Segregation, Brown, Board of Education, Cleveland Mississippi, Bolivar County


Don’t Let Campus Carry Destroy Classroom Discussions

Professors in Texas may consider changing what and how they teach in light of the state’s new campus-carry law , which goes into effect Aug. 1. Texas joins seven other states that permit concealed-carry guns on public campuses—Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. In response, University of Houston Faculty Senate President Jonathan Snow recently suggested that faculty members should avoid discussions on sensitive topics and change their syllabi to av...
Tags: Texas, Guns, Supreme Court, Education, Uncategorized, America, Arizona, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Jim Crow, Brown, Board of Education, Wells, Chronicle of Higher Education, Ida B Wells, Jonathan Snow



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