Thursday, March 18, 2010
LAUSD board member looks to modify transfer policy after outcry
After an outcry from parents, a Los Angeles school board member said Monday he would push to partially overturn a new policy on transfer permits that could force thousands of students now attending South Bay schools to return to LAUSD campuses.
LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer, who represents Westchester, said through a representative that he would seek to let 10th- and 11th-grade permit students attend through graduation at their non-LAUSD campuses.
"Steve's concern is that students who are already in high school should be able to finish high school," said Zimmer's chief of staff, Sharon Delugach. "It's not really so much the emotional turmoil, but how it's going to affect them into college. It would be too disruptive."
Zimmer was traveling in Washington and could not be reached for comment.
His move comes after a Feb. 9 vote in which the board gave Superintendent Ramon Cortines authority to end inter-district transfer agreements in a bid to save money by keeping students in Los Angeles Unified. The item was discussed briefly and generated almost no attention.
Cortines later reported to board members in an internal memo that the move would raise$51 million in enrollment-related state funding for the district, which is facing a $640 million budget gap. The superintendent estimated
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Having just announced slashes of over $800 million to the state education budget as a way to force concessions from the teachers (see video), Governor Christie has left untouched the budget lines for the cheap non-union charter chain gangs that provide an increasing amount of the penal pedagogy used in containing and segregating children of the urban poor:
In his address to the annual conference of the New Jersey Charter Schools Association in Long Branch, Christie said he largely left the funding for charter schools untouched when he introduced his controversial budget on Tuesday.
"We will do many good things for charters schools. In fact, I’ve held charter schools harmless in this budget because you already pay enough,’’ he said, "There are going to be more charter schools a year from now than there are today."
Who are the 6 Democratic senators poised to kill student loan reform?
Reforming the for-profit student loan system, which allows finance giants like Virginia-based Sallie Mae to make virtually risk-free returns thanks to government subsidies, was a top priority of President Obama. His idea, supported by most Democrats, was to take out the middle-man: Instead of subsidizing private lenders, the feds would completely take over origination of student loans.
The result: The Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which the Office of Management and Budget estimated would save over $80 billion over 10 years (critics point out the number is inflated, because it didn't include money lost from defaults; but that's neither here nor there, because the government currently absorbs private losses anyway). Savings would be plowed back into Pell Grants -- much easier on students on the long-term -- and other higher education initiatives.
But as The New York Times writes today, this week six senate Democrats have threatened to derail the Act, writing in a letter to senate majority leader Harry Reid that "provisions of contemplated student lending reform that could put jobs at risk."
Obama effigy hung at RI school with fired teachers
CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. -- A teacher at a failing Rhode Island school where he and all his colleagues were fired hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to Obama's support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools.
The teachers union on Thursday condemned the effigy, discovered Monday in the teacher's third-floor classroom at Central Falls High School, saying it was wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances.
The effigy was found in the unidentified teacher's classroom by Superintendent Frances Gallo, Nicole Shaffer of the Rhode Island Department of Education told The Associated Press. Shaffer said the department would not have any further comment.
Gallo did not immediately respond to calls from the AP seeking comment, but she told CNN that the foot-tall Obama doll that she saw Monday was found hung from its feet from a white board and was holding a sign that said "Fire Central Falls teachers."
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