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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Former District of Columbia schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has partnered with Republicans and Democrats to challenge teacher union power and use student test scores in union negotiations. Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss Rhee's policies and effect on educators in California and beyond with Times reporters Howard Blume and Michael Mishak . Rhee can seem pitch perfect in the role of outraged parent and education reformer, distilling complex policy debates into bare-knuckled banter.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2013 | By Michael J. Mishak and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - When Michelle Rhee wants to make a point about what she sees as the coddling of American children, she refers to her daughters' abundant soccer trophies. "My daughters suck at soccer," she says to crowds that roar with knowing laughter. The former District of Columbia schools chancellor is pitch perfect in the role of outraged parent and education reformer, distilling complex policy debates into bare-knuckled banter. In Rhee's world, as she recently told crowds in Los Angeles and Sacramento, teacher seniority protections are "whack," principals can be "nutty" and charter schools can be "crappy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
Carpenter Community Charter is among the best elementary schools in Los Angeles. Its students surpass standardized testing goals, its art and music programs are thriving and it enjoys robust support from parents and the community. The campus also, officials say, is harboring scores of cheaters: families who have provided false addresses so their children can attend the esteemed Studio City school south of Ventura Boulevard. Faced with the possibility of over-enrollment this fall - and armed with new verification powers - Carpenter is taking action.
OPINION
March 5, 2013
Re "Views on schools offer a study in contrasts," March 3 Add L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his eventual successor to the list of leaders whose impact on education reform is negligible. For the record, the list includes the president and Congress, the governor and Legislature, and the Los Angeles Unified School District, the school board and the teachers union. We'll improve our schools only when we rely on those who make a tangible impact on students' daily lives: teachers and families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
BOARD DISTRICT 2 Monica Garcia, 44, incumbent, elected in 2006 Details: Previously a school board staffer and school counselor The record: Board's closest ally to L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Will not oppose his wishes; he also takes guidance from her. A power broker: Helped engineer the firing of former Supt. David Brewer, the hiring of his successor, Ramon C. Cortines, and the hiring of the current superintendent, John Deasy. Sometimes uses her authority to bypass district procedures, as when she engineered the handover of a high school campus to Villaraigosa's nonprofit group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy isn't on the ballot Tuesday, but you'd hardly know it, based on the undercurrent of the school board election. A coalition of local organizations, wealthy donors and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have decided that the election is all about keeping Deasy on the job and accelerating the aggressive policies he's putting into place. This group has come together for the campaign through a political action committee called the Coalition for School Reform.
OPINION
February 15, 2013
The teachers union once had a virtual lock on the Los Angeles Unified school board, and the results weren't pretty. Truly awful schools operated without accountability; the board worked harder to please teachers than to protect students. Today, with more reform-oriented members on the board - thanks to the support of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and like-minded organizations - the situation is very different. Schools are working harder than ever to improve. Charter schools have been welcomed with open arms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Board of Education approved the first use of the controversial parent trigger law in the city Tuesday, clearing the way for sweeping changes at 24th Street Elementary School in the West Adams neighborhood. The board also moved to purchase tablet computers for 31,000 students in the first phase of an ambitious effort to improve technology in schools. And the board approved the first charter for a group of downtown Los Angeles parents seeking to open a new campus for their children in the growing neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has donated $1 million to help preserve a Los Angeles Board of Education majority that has pushed for several controversial efforts dealing with teachers - including remaking evaluations and speeding the dismissal process - that are supported by the L.A. mayor and the superintendent. Brokered by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the contribution to the Coalition for School Reform is the largest on record - by far - to support school board campaigns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
They won nationals. Then they won it again, setting record scores. And on Friday, the winning streak in the Los Angeles Unified School District's Academic Decathlon continued for Granada Hills Charter High School. The school beat out dozens of Los Angeles campuses in the district-wide competition, it was announced Friday evening at an awards ceremony. In the 10-subject battle of wits, the competitors - from 58 L.A. Unified schools - faced such subjects as math and science, literature, music and art, as well as gave speeches and were interviewed by judges.
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