September 25, 2010
SATURDAY The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer The Middle East, poverty, his diet: President Bill Clinton 3 p.m. CNN McLaughlin Group 6:30 p.m. KCET SUNDAY Today Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim ("Waiting for 'Superman'"); filmmaker Ken Burns. (N) 6 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 6 a.m. KABC State of the Union With Candy Crowley Midterm elections, Bush tax cuts: Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.); midterm elections, the "tea party": Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.
May 27, 2009
Re "Education secretary says students in peril," May 23 So U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan believes that California must get serious about his favored reform projects before we can expect any more help? That's like saying the Titanic needed a better orchestra. Projected class sizes of 40-plus students per class next year in L.A. Unified make ideas such as merit pay, reconstituting "failing" schools and "small learning communities" to be spectacularly beside the point. Laying off thousands of teachers will render permanent damage to education in California.
November 4, 2009
If California schools want a piece of $4.2 million in new federal education grants, they'll have to make some changes. Legislation by state Sen. Gloria Romero (D-Los Angeles) and several coauthors would pave the way for those changes, but the bill is so awkwardly constructed at this point, with so many unnecessary and possibly harmful additions, that it doesn't deserve the fast-track passage Romero is seeking. The bill moves in the right direction in enacting common-sense reforms that were outlined by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan as requirements for states that want to compete for Race to the Top grants.
November 4, 2011 |
Karl Rove, architect of George W. Bush's presidential victories, is steeped in the business of political fundraising. He co-founded one of the major "super-PACs," American Crossroads, which will try to cut into President Obama's fundraising advantage in the 2012 election. For Rove, the Obama campaign is both a target and a rival - and he doesn't like one of the methods it is using to raise campaign money. Making full use of the power of incumbency, the Obama campaign has set up a "speaker series" in which people pay $5,000 to hear closed-door speeches delivered by administration officials, White House alumni -- even celebrities who are partial to Obama.
February 16, 2012
Today Jason Mraz performs; Todd Eldredge. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America James Denton, Doug Savant and Ricardo Chavira; Rachael Ray; Matthew Mungle. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly Tracy Morgan; Paul DelVecchio, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Vinny Guadagnino; Josh Groban. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View James Denton; Doug Savant; Ricardo Chavira. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk Lisa Kudrow. (N) 1 p.m. KCBS The Doctors How other people's actions can affect one's well-being; sharing prescription painkillers.
June 6, 2013 |
MOORESVILLE, N.C. - President Obama on Thursday pledged to bring high-speed Internet to nearly all students in their classrooms within five years, calling on the Federal Communications Commission to expand an existing initiative that will help school systems cover the cost. Speaking to students at Mooresville Middle School, Obama argued that such access would improve learning opportunities for students all over the country. “We can't be stuck in the 19th century when we're living in a 20th-century economy,” he said.
May 8, 2009 |
The cost associated with having a liaison to the U.N. in Paris -- about $632,000 -- was a microscopic fraction of the Education Department's annual budget. Still, a $77,000 line item for an apartment in the City of Lights gave at least the appearance of the kind of government excess that the Obama administration said it was eager to stamp out in its 2010 spending plan.
March 6, 2012 |
African American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers, according to the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday. The report -- based on data from a national survey of more than 72,000 schools serving 85% of the nation's students -- also found that minority students have less access to tough high school curricula and are more often taught by lower paid and less experienced teachers.
March 4, 2010
California's public schools, which are laying off thousands of teachers and planning for shortened academic years, received the painful news Thursday that they will not get a federal Race to the Top grant in the first round of funding. The decision isn't surprising, though. The legislation that formed the backbone of the state's application lacked coherence and a real commitment to improving conditions at the lowest-performing schools. We don't yet know why U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan turned down California's application.