What a Sacramento school leader learned about the value of aligning curriculum, teacher-student expectations and broader supports to help the “whole child”
What’s the secret sauce for academic success? A great teacher? More school funding? At-home support? This is a subject that generates impassioned debate in the halls of government as well as around kitchen tables across the country. Parents often think the key to their child’s academic success lies in which teacher they are assigned to...
By Kari Wehrly | February 10, 2020
LAUSD officials in Sacramento to talk trans-k, adult ed and budget
LA Unified officials are in Sacramento today lobbying for adult education and transitional kindergarten programs. Oh yeah, and the budget, too. Among those joining in on the road trip are Chief Deputy Superintendent Michelle King, Chief Financial Officer Megan Reilly and board members George McKenna and Steve Zimmer. They planned to meet with Senate President Pro...
By Vanessa Romo | May 21, 2015
Teacher Dismissal Bill: No Added Concern for Predators
The teacher dismissal bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown‘s signature includes no specific language for streamlining the process of removing teachers for sexual and physical abuse, which had been the focus of earlier bills. The final version simply creates protocols to govern any dismissal case. Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign it. Assembly Bill 375,...
By Hillel Aron | September 19, 2013
LA Unified Wins Big Under State Budget Compromise
State lawmakers have reached an agreement with Governor Jerry Brown about how to overhaul state education funding that — while altered somewhat from Brown’s original proposal — will still be of substantial financial benefit to LAUSD. “I applaud Governor Brown and our legislators for their work on the compromise announced on the Local Control Funding Formula,”...
By Hillel Aron | June 11, 2013
Just How Connected Is Antonio Sanchez?
When District 6 runoff candidate Antonio Sanchez showed up to the UTLA endorsement interview last year, he was accompanied by Miguel Santiago, an old friend of Sanchez’s as well as a member of the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees and — more importantly — State Assembly Speaker John Perez’s District Director. Santiago’s appearance...
By Hillel Aron | March 13, 2013
Lawmakers Won’t Comment On Sex Abuse Vote
You might enjoy (or be appalled by) this Thursday night segment from the CNN Show Anderson Cooper 360 including footage of reporter Kyung Lah chasing the four SB1530 abstainers around the statehouse. It’s a little heavy-handed, but three of the four legislators play right into CNN’s hands by ducking interviews and issuing terse “no comments”...
By Alexander Russo | August 25, 2012
Morning Read: Common People
• LAUSD to Begin Phasing In Common Core Curriculum Standards: The standards, the first ever national standards for public school curriculum, have been adopted by all but five states. Lots of changes are coming, including: basic algebra and geometry starting in kindergarden (!), less literature and more informational reading, and more integration of math and english....
By Hillel Aron | August 6, 2012
Morning Reading: Testing, Testing…
• Judge James C. Chalfant has set a deadline for LAUSD to comply with the Stull Act, which, according to the judge’s decision last month, mandates that objective measurement of pupil progress be included in teacher evaluations. Or rather, the judge sent the attorneys into the hallway of the courthouse to hammer out an agreement. They came...
By Hillel Aron | July 25, 2012