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June 6, 2013
Re "The quick 'trigger,'" Opinion, June 3 Jim Newton is right to point out that parents and their children need help now in securing the best possible education, especially in historically underserved communities. But does that mean that the "parent trigger" is the answer? Is it wise for whole schools to take the leap of faith that improvement will happen "somehow"? And who is responsible for a school's poor performance? Individual teachers and administrators, or the district that is supposed to be supervising them?
December 10, 2013
Re "A teacher's goal-line stand," Column, Dec. 8 Kudos to Steve Lopez and The Times for recognizing the fortitude of Narbonne High School teacher Veronica Bennett, who just said "no" to USC's newly hired football coach, Steve Sarkisian, when he tried to pull one of her students who happened to be a star football player out of class last month. Just think how much more teaching could take place if Los Angeles Unified School District officials mirrored Bennett's stance: Miss instruction time for sports?
December 1, 2012
Re "A road map for L.A. Unified," Editorial, Nov. 28 The Times refers to a recent study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that determined that teachers without advanced degrees are as effective as those who have them. Really? In my 16 years of teaching at a public high school, I have noticed that teachers who have advanced degrees in their field are better advocates for their programs and more apt to assume leadership positions. This probably has something to do with conducting one's own research and defending a thesis before a professional committee.
April 27, 2010
It's not entirely clear why the framers of California's Constitution decided that the state superintendent of public instruction should be elected rather than appointed. It is especially mystifying considering that the state Board of Education, which sets policy and enacts regulations, is appointed, while the elected superintendent is tasked with carrying out those policies — the opposite of how things are done in all local school districts. In addition, the state has an appointed secretary of education, whose main job is to advise the governor.
October 13, 2012 | By Scott Gold, Los Angeles Times
Malala Yousafzai did not trade in her modest head scarf for a pair of skinny jeans. She wanted to go to school. For that, the Taliban tried to kill her. When her attackers learned that the freckled 14-year-old Pakistani might survive, they promised to finish the job. Malala, they explained, had been "promoting Western culture. " The Taliban has committed all manner of atrocities over the years, many of them aimed at women. This time, the militants created an icon for a global movement - for the notion that the most efficient way to propel developing countries is to educate their girls.
April 9, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
A major speech by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will "take to task" the two candidates running to replace him for not making L.A.'s schools a priority on the campaign trail, a spokesman for the mayor said. Villaraigosa, who is termed out, will give his final State of the City address at UCLA on Tuesday night. According to his spokesman, Peter Sanders, the speech will focus heavily on education reform -- an issue that marked the early years of Villaraigosa's administration.
April 2, 2013 | By Shan Li
A growing education gap in California could diminish workers' chances of finding jobs in the coming years, according to a study. Post-recession, companies increasingly look for employees with skills and education beyond a high school diploma, according to a study from Corinthian Colleges and economic consulting firm Encina Advisors. That's a big problem in the Golden State, where demand for community colleges already outstrips available spots by 591,000. “California has begun a transition to a new economy that requires post-secondary education and skills in healthcare, education, service industries and management,” the report says.
April 30, 2012 | By Kelly Scott
The Getty Museum announced Monday that it would cut 34 jobs, at least 10 of them through layoffs, with the goal of "realizing savings through more effective and efficient operations," a staff memo from Director James Cuno said. The bulk of the cuts will be in the museum's education program. Cuno said the museum would turn the paid positions of "gallery teacher" into duties for docents, who are volunteers. Administrative and "project focused" staff positions in the education department also will be cut. Other jobs in the exhibitions department and imaging services also will be eliminated.
November 11, 2009 | By Christy Grosz
When British actress Carey Mulligan made her first trip to the Sundance Film Festival in January, she kept her hopes for her film "An Education" in check and looked at the journey as an adventure. But after the film was picked up -- in part because of Mulligan's much lauded performance -- everything changed for the 24-year-old. "You don't expect to go to Sundance and have your film bought, let alone any of the stuff that's come with it," she says of the award attention that has since surrounded her. "It was daunting, but it was exciting.
April 25, 2011 | Jim Newton
The educational establishment of Southern California divides fairly neatly into three groups: those who recognize the need for radical and sustained improvement but fear that it's impossible; those who actively oppose change because their allegiances require them to defend failure; and that small but growing and inspiring group of advocates who see a way to improve and are actually making it happen. The Compton Unified School District board, which I discussed in this space last week , belongs in the second group.
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