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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...
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LA Teachers Go Back To School After Contract Deal Ends Six-Day Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tens of thousands of Los Angeles teachers planned to return to work Wednesday after voting to ratify a deal between their union and school officials, ending a six-day strike in the nation’s second-largest district. “I voted ‘yes,’ to approve,” said second-grade teacher Wendy Perez. “I think the union negotiated in good faith, and I’d like to believe the district did too.” A crowd of teachers roared its approval after the tentative deal was announced at City Hall following a ...
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LA Teachers Union And School Officials Reach Tentative Deal To End Strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A tentative deal was reached Tuesday between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union that will allow educators to return to classrooms after a six-day strike against the nation’s second-largest district, officials said. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, accompanied by leaders United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced the agreement at City Hall a few hours after a 21-hour bargaining session ended before dawn. “I’m proud to a...
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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...
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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...
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State audit blasts Honolulu rail authority, Board of Education to re-vote on superintendent's contract, homeless coordinator defends progress, Hawaii's space defense plan, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Blistering audit blames political rush to construction for ballooning rail costs. The auditor documented $354 million in change orders related to Honolulu’s rail project. Hawaii News Now.Audit: Honolulu Rail Agency Hid True Costs From Public View. The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation did not even level with its own board of directors about ballooning expenses, a new report says. Civil Beat.Premature contracts increased rail cost by $354M. Star-Advertiser.State Auditor: HART Increased ...
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​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...
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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


Hawaii House updates sexual harassment policy, expired tax credit costs millions, audit says DLNR mismanaged land fund, security cameras for Waikiki, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Press conference on House sexual  harassment policy PC:House Majority Hawaii’s House of Representatives has revamped its sexual harassment policy following pressure brought on by the #MeToo movement and resignation of former Rep. Joe Souki last year amid complaints by several women that he had made unwanted advances toward them, including sexual comments, touching and kissing. Star-Advertiser.Why Critics Say New House Sexual Harassment Policy Doesn’t Go Far Enough. They say the policy is ...
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LA's teachers are ready to strike on Tuesday, rejecting privatization of public education

Last year saw a wave of teachers' strikes across America, but mostly in red states where public education has been starved of funds, putting teachers on starvation wages, subjecting kids to dangerous conditions, and stripping schools of resources and even putting schools on four-day weeks. But on January 10th, the teachers who educate the 694,000 students of the LA Unified School District (comparable to the entire student population of the state of Oklahoma) are heading on strike, in a de...
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Former La Canada Elementary School principal drops retaliation suit

A former La Canada Unified School District principal dropped her lawsuit alleging she was the subject of a backlash after she filed an internal complaint for pregnancy discrimination. Christine Castillo filed court papers on her own behalf on Dec. 12 with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph Hammock requesting that her retaliation case be dismissed. The papers stated no reason for her decision. In her suit, Castillo alleged she was “surreptitiously terminated” in March 2016 and that she did...
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Teen Fairbanks education board member eyes political future

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Alden Jerome collects bow ties, reads books about leadership and hosts a show that is broadcast at his school, Hutchison High School. The 16-year-old, who won a statewide public speaking contest in March, is halfway through his term as the student representative on the Board of Education, the highest position in […]
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Securing Second Amendment Support in the Suburbs

Securing Second Amendment Support in the Suburbs U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- When they write the accounts of how the battle for the Second Amendment was decided, it’s not just going to be about the court rulings. It’s also going to focus on whether those court rulings took hold, or if they got overturned down the road.Yes, folks, the Supreme Court has been known to change its mind. In 58 years, the Supreme Court changed its mind on the legality of “separate but equal.” While Brown v. Board of Edu...
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State auditor slams Health Department's oversight of care homes, security guards to patrol Honolulu parks, state tells Hawaiians to take down Mauna Kea access structure, Maui panel recommends $40M bond, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

The Hawaiian Islands, seen from GOES-17 at 6:30 a.m. EST, on Nov. 13, 2018. PC:NOAA/CIRA The GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager has sent its first images from the satellite's new vantage point over the Pacific Ocean. State auditor finds licensing of care homes problematic. An inordinate number of Hawaii’s nearly 500 adult residential care homes were operating in 2017 either with no license or with “hastily issued” permits — and sometimes without even being inspected, according to a scathin...
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"The Metro Madison School District has no budget for the next school year because the Board of Education was not allowed to get to its agenda."

"This Monday night (10-29-18) about 60 cop-hating, race-obsessed social justice warriors shut down the school board meeting," writes David Blaska.Freedom Inc., International Socialists, and Progressive Dane flooded the zone with speaker after speaker F-bombing the school board, cops, Racist America, and white people in general. They mocked board president Mary Burke for mispronouncing difficult Hmong names scrawled on the speaker slips...Mary Burke. You remember Mary Burke. 4 years ago she was t...
Tags: Dane, Protest, Law, Wisconsin, Democratic Party, Board of Education, Mary Burke, Ann Althouse, David Blaska, Far Left, Metro Madison School District, David Blaska Freedom Inc International Socialists, Racist America


Roberts: Kavanaugh Joining Court Is Like Having A New In-Law At Thanksgiving

Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday that having a new member of the Supreme Court is making the other justices bring on their A game, according to a Tuesday Politico report. “It is like having a new in-law at Thanksgiving dinner,” Roberts joked during an appearance at the University of Minnesota. “Uncle Fred will put on a clean shirt.” He also went to great lengths to emphasize the independence of the court, despite the political brawl that preceded Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh’s...
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Chief Justice Roberts emphasizes Supreme Court’s independence

Speaking at the University of Minnesota Law School in Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon, Chief Justice John Roberts took a few minutes to address the “contentious events in Washington of recent weeks.” “I will not criticize the political branches,” Roberts began, choosing instead to “emphasize how the judicial branch is—how it must be—very different.” Unlike public officials, members of the judicial branch “do not speak for the people, but we speak for the Constitution.” “Our role is very clear,”...
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Ask the author: Our Constitution says we must take this risk

The following is a series of questions prompted by the publication of Justin Driver’s “The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind” (Pantheon Books, 2018). As Driver observes, “cultural anxieties that pervade the larger society often flash where law and education converge.” And indeed, decisions arising from schools – in which the Supreme Court has both spurred and forestalled social changes – have involved free speech, due process, criminal ...
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Shelley: Politics and the swinging Supremes

Following his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts gave an interview to The Atlantic in which he explained his belief in the importance of consensus. He said he had tried to impress on his colleagues that the court would “acquire more legitimacy, credibility” from a “shared commitment to unanimity.” Roberts expressed frustration at the intense press coverage of divided decisions. “There was a question from one of these groups that come in here, ‘How do you decide who’...
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Trans Woman Would Make History For San Francisco’s Board Of Education

Meet Mia Satya, the 27 year-old activist who could be the first openly trans woman elected official in San Francisco.
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This Trans Woman Would Make History For San Francisco’s Board Of Education

Meet Mia Satya, the 27 year-old activist who could be the first openly trans woman elected official in San Francisco.
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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...
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Sen. Kamala Harris to GOP colleagues: We’ll miss you when you’re gone

There’s an old saying that applies to the relationship between elected Democratic and Republican politicians: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. As soon as Republicans are no longer an electoral threat to Democrats, their histories are rewritten and the gold bricks become golden boys overnight. If you don’t believe me, go back and watch the reaction to the death of Arizona Sen. John McCain.  Check out what his liberal admirers were saying about him, and then Google the same people and compare ...
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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 ...
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Thursday round-up

In a marathon session yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its first round of questioning of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. We live-blogged the questioning here, and Jon Levitan rounded up early coverage and commentary. At The Hill, Lydia Wheeler and Jordain Carney report that “[p]rotesters repeatedly interrupted Brett Kavanaugh during the Supreme Court nominee’s second day of confirmation hearings, ...
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Observations from the Kavanaugh hearings.

1. I'm watching the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination today, now that they've moved beyond the introductory orations, and I'll make some notes here, using a numbered list, updated throughout the day. I'm using a DVR, so I'm behind real time, and the updates will come as I get to things in my recording, but just as the people in the gallery are — under Senator Grassley's rule — free to shout out whatever they want at any time, you can talk about what you like in the comments. ...
Tags: Protest, Law, Senate, Empathy, Chuck Grassley, Abortion, Ferguson, Leahy, Miranda, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Dianne Feinstein, Committee, Second Amendment, Senate Judiciary Committee, Brown, Feinstein


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stresses independence: ‘No one is above the law’

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence as he faced questioning at his confirmation hearing Wednesday from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump’s man on the high court. Pressed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, on whether he would be independent from the president who nominated him, Kavanaugh responded, “No one is above the law.” The second day of Kavanaugh’s co...
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Kavanaugh stresses independence: ‘No one is above the law’

By MARK SHERMAN and LISA MASCARO The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence as he faced questioning at his confirmation hearing Wednesday from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump’s man on the high court. Pressed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, on whether he would be independent from the president who nominated him, Kavanaugh responded, “No o...
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Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh stresses independence, won’t discuss White House subpoenas

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeatedly stressed the importance of judicial independence on the second day of his confirmation hearing Wednesday as he faced questioning from senators, including Democrats who fear he would be President Donald Trump’s man on the high court. But he declined to address whether Trump could be subpoenaed or could pardon himself. Pressed by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, a Republican, on whether he would be independent from the presi...
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