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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.
June 11, 2013 | By Thomas A. DiPrete and Claudia Buchmann
In the ongoing discussion of how to boost the education and skill levels of the American workforce, one central issue is rarely addressed: the gap between male and female achievement. The reality is that the slowdown in U.S. educational gains is predominantly a male affair, and one that drags down the overall competitiveness of our workforce and workers' ability to land (or create) good jobs. To get more Americans working and set economic growth back on track, we need to understand what's going on with men in education.
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.
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.
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.
May 7, 1991
Billions for offense but not a penny more for education. BUNTY JUSTIN Balboa Island
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