Prop. 58 will maximize potential of English language learners and increase opportunities for bilingual education
By Kelly Gonez When you are a teacher with a student who is engaging and clearly capable of big things, it breaks your heart to see an obvious barrier to success. One of my students, I’ll call him Julian, faced this kind of challenge. He was the kind of student who makes you really appreciate...
By Guest contributor | November 7, 2016
Dual language immersion programs will grow at LAUSD with or without Prop. 58
The majority of Vista Del Valle Dual Language Academy students in San Fernando don’t have just one teacher, they have two. And they don’t have just one classroom, they have two, where they spend half their day learning in English and the other half learning in Spanish. It’s all part of the school’s dual language immersion program,...
By Craig Clough | November 6, 2016
Heated Oakland school board race captures growing conflict over charters, choice, equity
By Kathleen O’Connor When Jumoke Hinton-Hodge was elected to the board of the Oakland Unified School District eight years ago, the district was emerging from state receivership after a $100 million bailout, the largest in California’s history. At the same time, enrollment in city schools was declining, the Great Recession was in full effect, and...
By Guest contributor | November 3, 2016
Has Donald Trump poisoned the playground? Educators across LA talk of new spike in bullying
October was National Bullying Prevention Month, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for LA Unified. Anecdotal evidence and interviews with dozens of teachers, administrators, parents and students over the past three months point to an increase in school bullying, inappropriate language and public humiliation that many believe can be specifically attributed to...
By Mike Szymanski | November 1, 2016
How Prop. 58 could change California classrooms
Proposition 58 certainly isn’t the highest-profile among the 17 ballot questions facing California voters this fall — those would probably be the proposals to repeal the death penalty or legalize marijuana. It isn’t even the newsiest among the education propositions. That’s probably Prop. 55, which would extend a special tax on individual incomes over $250,000,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 28, 2016
I’m Latina and immigration is not one of my top issues during this election cycle
A recent report from the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) lends credence to an old complaint often made but rarely acknowledged. An increasing number of Latinos don’t know any other home than the United States, and yet we get immigration shoved down our throats every four years to the detriment of other issues we care about....
By Caroline Bermudez | October 24, 2016
Prop. 58 can help eliminate stigma around bilingual education
By Christina Kim More than twenty years ago I was classified as an English learner. I spent my first few elementary school years in a classroom not learning much or improving my ability to communicate in English. Then, Californians voted in favor of an array of anti-immigrant propositions, including Proposition 227, which eliminated most bilingual...
By Guest contributor | October 20, 2016
2,040 LAUSD students registered to vote ahead of primary
One hundred and thirty Francis Polytechnic High School students enjoyed free raspados at lunchtime Wednesday as a reward for encouraging their peers to register to vote in the primary election. During the month of May, 20 government students at the Sun Valley high school registered 150 Poly high school seniors and juniors to vote. The...
By Sarah Favot | June 9, 2016
Education reform-backed candidates sweep California primary elections
*Updated Education reformers spent big ahead of California’s primary, and preliminary results Wednesday show the millions paid off with all of the candidates they supported advancing to November’s general election. Carlos Marquez, California Charter Schools Association Advocates’ director of political affairs, said he was excited by the primary results. “There were a lot of races that...
By Sarah Favot | June 8, 2016
One Monica in, one Monica out: How the LAUSD school board will change
UPDATED * It’s official. Monica Garcia announced Tuesday to her supporters that she will be running to retain her seat on LA Unified’s school board. Meanwhile, fellow board member Monica Ratliff surprised many education and City Hall watchers last week when she quietly took out papers with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission to allow her to run for the...
By Mike Szymanski | March 23, 2016