CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2010 |
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will call for all states and school districts to make public whether their instructors are doing enough to raise students' test scores and to share other school-level information with parents, according to a text of a speech he is scheduled to make Wednesday. "The truth is always hard to swallow, but it can only make us better, stronger and smarter," according to remarks he plans to deliver in Little Rock, Ark. "That's what accountability is all about — facing the truth and taking responsibility.
May 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- As he weighed a shift in his public position on gay marriage, perhaps no one had as much influence on President Obama as his wife, Michelle. "This is something that, you know, we've talked about over the years and she, you know, she feels the same way, she feels the same way that I do," Obama told ABC's Robin Roberts on Wednesday. Even as Obama's position was in a state of evolution, White House advisors said, the first lady went out of her way to invite gay, lesbian, transgendered and bisexual couples to the events she sponsored for military families.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 14, 2009 |
Students filed into Chris Cox's dim classroom at Daniel Webster Middle School in Los Angeles' Sawtelle neighborhood, took their seats and immediately began working on a language arts warmup exercise. While Cox took roll, the eighth-graders silently worked. When they went over the answers, students raised their hands and waited to be called on. Down the corridor, seventh-graders streamed into Brent Walmsley's classroom and took over. Some sat on table tops; others wandered around the room, pausing to grab foamy handfuls of hand sanitizer that sloshed on the floor.
March 3, 2012 |
Los Angeles should be treated more like a state when it comes to education, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday in an attempt to persuade the U.S. Department of Education to give the city some special treatment. The mayor wants the city to receive federal money directly through Race to the Top, a competitive grant program, and get a waiver from No Child Left Behind, the President George W. Bush-era standardized-testing policy. Both options have been available only to states. Villaraigosa floated the plan at a panel discussion with New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Education Secretary Arne Duncan at American University.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2011 |
The selection of John Deasy to lead the nation's second-largest school system, expected Tuesday, would give the Board of Education a leader who is eager to make sweeping changes and who has earned the respect of disparate and often warring forces in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Taking on some of the thorniest issues in the system as top deputy to Supt. Ramon C. Cortines, Deasy has worked productively with union leaders, key community activists, the mayor's office and charter school operators.
February 19, 2012 |
The Rev. Al Sharpton, 57, has evolved from outside political agitator to presidential advisor and host of MSNBC's weekday news show "PoliticsNation," which he took over last August. Sharpton, known to friends as "Rev," also heads the civil rights organization National Action Network and Syndication One's eponymous radio show that broadcast weekdays to 40 markets around the country. How has having your own show on MSNBC affected your image? I think people understand firsthand what I'm saying my positions are and those of my guests.
October 2, 2012 |
It's hard to guess whether the topic of education will come up in this week's presidential debate, or any of the others. With the economy and the whole 47% debacle on everybody's mind, there hasn't been much talk about the public schools, even though they're at a critical juncture. Of course, President Obama's views are pretty clear because he's been putting them into policy for the last few years. And in ways, those policies have been problematic. He's obviously a big believer in giving the federal government a major role in education, which has traditionally been left to state and local governments in this country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2009 |
Joanne Weiss on Tuesday was named the leader of the nearly $4.4-billion "Race to the Top" fund, a federal effort to reform the nation's schools. The announcement was made by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in remarks delivered via videoconference at the annual NewSchools Venture Fund Summit. Weiss is a partner in and chief operating officer of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit that invests in efforts to turn around underperforming schools. Weiss, who has a degree in biochemistry from Princeton University, is also on the board of directors of Green Dot Public Schools, which operates 10 charter schools in Southern California and this year took over Locke High, which it divided into several small schools.
November 6, 2012 |
CHICAGO -- Now is not the time to mess with good luck rituals. So President Obama played basketball with aides and friends -- including former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen -- on Tuesday, sticking to his election day tradition. Four years ago, Obama played ball before watching returns throughout his hunt for the Democratic nomination. The notable exception was a painful one for Obama's team -- the New Hampshire primary, which he lost. "We made the mistake of not playing basketball once, I can assure you we'll not repeat that," said Obama advisor Robert Gibbs.
June 27, 2011 |
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel endorsed the DREAM Act on Monday, on the eve of the first-ever Senate hearing on the legislation. “The DREAM Act . . . totally reinforces the values of citizenship,” said Emanuel in a phone conference alongside Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Emanuel, whose father and grandfather were immigrants, has had a complicated history with immigration reform, once calling it a “third rail” issue. During last year’s mayoral race, Emanuel was criticized by his opponents for failing to do more to push the DREAM Act and other immigration measures during his time in the White House.