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From a windowless basement office on Chicago’s West Side, Greg White is trying to answer public education’s $2 million-dollar question: What is the top priority for a school in Chicago’s cash-strapped district?
The answer for Mr. White, chief executive of the LEARN Charter School Network — which received two $1 million grants from Oprah Winfrey’s Angel Network and the United States Department of Education last month — is to open a fifthcharter school in the network next fall. It is one of 10 charter schools in Chicago that Mr. White said he wanted to open in as many years, which would allow him to hire dozens of
LOS ANGELES—A sweeping overhaul of seniority-based teacher layoffs and other reforms in the nation's second-largest school district will continue despite teachers union opposition, city and school officials said Thursday.
"There's not an anti-union bone in my body. I'll continue to reach out to them, I want to work with them," said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former labor organizer. "But with or without them, we're moving ahead."
Villaraigosa's remarks came a day after United Teachers Los Angeles said it would challenge a proposal to do away with the seniority-based teacher layoff system under the terms of a court settlement.
TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie and the education commissioner he fired in August were again at each other’s throats today in a public display that proved the controversy over the administration’s loss of $400 million in federal school aid will not disappear any time soon.
As Bret Schundler told a state Senate committee the governor placed fighting with the state teachers unions and his persona on talk radio above education reform, Christie told reporters Schundler was trading in "revisionist history" and interested only in seeking "the spotlight."
In different corners of the Statehouse, Schundler and Christie took their public shots at each other to new levels
Thu., Oct. 7 2010 @ 2:18PM -- A.J. Duffy is all but calling the ACLU, the Public Counsel Law Center and the Morrison Foerster law firm big, fat liars. Duffy, the anti-reformist head of the L.A. teachers union, is histrionically threatening to sue them, and LAUSD, to stop them from ending a "last hired, first fired" rule for teacher layoffs.
Turns out Duffy is the whopper-meister.
Duffy: Ordering up a Whopper? >>
The legal-rights groups and Morrison Foerster, working pro bono, made a legal settlement with LAUSD that's being cheered nationally: up to 45 of L.A.'s poor schools will no longer be thrown into chaos by layoffs of young teachers. Inner-city kids whipsawed by UTLA seniority rules were saved by the U. S. Constitution. A.J. Duffy is waay livid:
Duffy, who I recently -- to controversy -- called "a pipsqueak in body and mind" to make the point that his coterie has turned UTLA into a national laughingstock, did not join the settlement talks between the three pro bono groups and L.A. Unified.
Now Duffy is telling a whopper to the media: that he was never invited to the talks.