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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2011 |
Rosemarie Bernier, the librarian at Hamilton High School, sees hundreds of students every day. She knows them by their study habits, the questions they ask and the books they read. Joelle and Johanna love to run their fingers through old books. We find them in the stacks, admiring the beautiful, old binding of a Jules Verne novel. Another group of "regulars" gathers at a table. Nahum and Livingston leaf through sheets of sample calculus problems, while Antonio reads the final chapters of Toni Morrison's great novel "Song of Solomon.
January 16, 2002
Re "Shake-Ups Launched at 4 Schools," Jan. 11: As a 40-year English teacher with the LAUSD, I have to agree with [union representative] Sharon Noland of Sun Valley when she says, "I've done nothing wrong." When I retire, I will have noted only two things that improved my workplace: the reduced class size in ninth- and 11th-grade English classes and the introduction of the photocopy machine. There are a lot of good teachers in badly performing schools who would shine more brightly if they were provided with the class size and teaching conditions that allowed them to do their jobs.
October 4, 2003
As I read "Plan for Arts Campus Questioned" (Sept. 28), I could not help but think about the L.A. Unified School District high school that I have taught in for 17 years. The Downtown Magnets High School appears to be a "secret" school, a mere five blocks west of Grand on Temple. Although we have been there for over 20 years, we are the stepchild of the building boom in the LAUSD. This is particularly strange, since our major focus is our business magnet, which emphasizes finance, accounting and entrepreneurship.
April 5, 1998
The great majority of L.A. Unified schoolteachers are dedicated, hard-working professionals. By almost any evaluation, 98% would qualify for higher salaries than they now earn, if they were in some other profession in the real "working world" you refer to in your March 29 editorial, "LAUSD: Make Merit Count." Look at the job we ask them to do: More than 80 languages are spoken by the immigrant children who have flooded L.A. classrooms, classrooms that chronically lack textbooks and supplies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 |
An insurance company has sued the Los Angeles Unified School District seeking to avoid paying settlement costs related to alleged child abuse at Miramonte Elementary School. The action, if successful, could leave the nation's second-largest school system on the hook for an estimated $30 million that it agreed to pay to 58 alleged victims of former teacher Mark Berndt. At least as many claims remained unresolved, with attorneys seeking higher compensation than the settlement provides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2013 |
Los Angeles school police have sharply curtailed the number of tickets issued for truancy to L.A. Unified students by 93.7% over the last four years, reflecting a step back from punitive disciplinary practices, according to a new report. The report, by the Community Rights Campaign - an organizing effort to shift student disciplinary actions from police to schools and communities - also found that tickets for all offenses plunged by 54.8% from 2011-12 to 2012-13. But African Americans and Latinos still receive a disproportionate number of tickets: Blacks were almost six times and Latinos were twice as likely to be ticketed than whites, according to the report released last week.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2011 |
The Los Angeles School Police Department has issued new rules aimed at reducing the number of truancy tickets written to students and focusing efforts instead on helping these students get to and remain in school. The new policy in the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced Thursday, is the latest change from a campaign to reform traditional school discipline that, advocates of the new policy say, results in ethnic and racial profiling and hardships for students and families.