CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2013 |
Beginning Friday, thousands of rainbow "ally" badges will be passed out to Los Angeles Unified teachers and staff members that they can wear to identify themselves as allies of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students. The "Out for Safe Schools" initiative coincides with National Coming Out Day on Friday and was announced Thursday by leaders of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the school district. "We want all our youth and staff to know that it is safe to be you in LAUSD," Supt.
January 12, 2014
Re "L.A. facing grim future, panel says," Jan. 9 Although a panel of civic leaders, which didn't include any representatives from the L.A. Unified School District, sharply criticized LAUSD, it won't be offering any recommendations on public schools. Why? As one of the major authors stated: "I'm not sure I'm qualified or anyone is qualified on this commission to really get into that. " Then why take pot shots when you aren't going to offer suggestions? People who haven't worked in education have no standing when criticizing schools.
July 18, 2013 |
Not everything that's gone wrong at Los Angeles' school of the arts is the fault of the L.A. Unified School District. Just most of it. Four years ago, in the midst of the recession, with the staff and curriculum still not in place, the district foolishly decided it would nonetheless open the school that fall. To make matters worse, then-school board President Monica Garcia wielded her considerable power to subvert the intended goal of making this a premier regional arts school, and instead turned the $232-million Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts into a neighborhood-oriented school with 70% of the seats reserved for students who live nearby.
October 27, 2009
Re "A shot at swine flu," Editorial, Oct. 20 I take exception with your recent editorial that characterizes the Los Angeles Unified School District as not following through on this round of H1N1 vaccinations. Nothing could be further from the truth. The LAUSD has consistently worked with health officials to ensure a timely response to pandemic flu and to mitigate the spread of disease on our campuses. The LAUSD has enacted forward-thinking policies and procedures, including the current timely distribution of the small amount of H1N1 vaccine that has been made available to the district.
November 7, 1999
Re "We Must Think of Each Child in the LAUSD as Our Own," Commentary, Oct. 31: Howard Miller has left out one vital element that will "change the culture of public education"--parents! They must be held accountable for their child's achievement. I am a fifth-grade teacher for LAUSD near the mid-Wilshire area. I have many students who were eligible for reading intervention during our recent seven-week break. Many of these "at-risk" students, who happen to have second-grade-level language arts skills, failed to attend the three-week course.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1997
As a co-leader of the L.A. breakup movement, I have watched closely the waste of time and resources by LAUSD, obviously at the direction of its board, to thwart the democratic will of the voters and their legislators. District lawyers and representatives have been regularly attending meetings in Sacramento, attempting to needlessly complicate the proposed procedures for even bringing forth the simplest of reorganization proposals. They have further added the requirement that any new district must comply with not only the long list of guarantees required by Sen. Tom Hayden's legislation but any other agreements that they should make in the interim.
December 12, 1999
As a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I wish to protest Michael Ramirez's Dec. 5 cartoon. Ramirez chose to depict all students who attend LAUSD as "doomed," able only to work in a fast-food restaurant, while those who can afford private school are a "success," drive a Mercedes, smoke big cigars and have the "doomed" folks as their waiters and servants. I looked around my fourth-grade classroom today, to see who was "doomed." Nobody seemed to be. All I saw was bright, capable students.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1994
Of the 33,378 teachers represented in "Teachers' Absenteeism Troubles L.A. District" (May 9), 20,839, or 62.4%, missed seven to nine days, or less. That's less than one day per month. And 5,364 missed no days. Zero! I've been a public schoolteacher since 1969 (in LAUSD since 1973). This year, I've been absent three days. I love my work, but I've seen everything in the classroom change. Students and teachers are now subjected to the most extraordinary distractions imaginable. An occasional "mental health" day can serve everyone.
March 10, 1996
Re "L.A. Schools to Poll Public on Bond," March 5: I can't understand why four members of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education want to spend $3.2 million on a LAUSD bond campaign. Other school districts turn to their business communities for private campaign funds. Good schools mean a better local economy. But LAUSD, the district without sufficient funds for textbooks, supplies, clean campuses and one that not only hasn't given employees a raise in five years but also cut employees' pay, can spend $3.2 million on a campaign that may or may not be winnable.
May 31, 2003
Re "L.A. District Weighs Furloughs to Save Jobs," May 24: Rather than propose to place the burden of budget shortfalls upon those who work and care directly for our children, here are a few suggestions to help the LAUSD save money: (1) Return all literacy and math coaches to the classroom, where they can work directly with students. (2) Reduce all after-school staff development meetings. The vast majority of these meetings mainly "develop" the staff's ability to sit and turn their brains off instead of providing any useful ideas that can be used in the classroom.