Saturday, April 6, 2013

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 3-30-13



4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:

4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT


PARENT TRIGGER GROUP RECOMMENDS LAUSD TAKES OVER FAILING LAUSD SCHOOL

●●smf: This article is a-little-more-than-somewhat misleading  - sometimes the spin makes the reporters dizzy. The recommendation of the 24th St Parents Union is a “recommendation” – not the final parent vote. The LA Parent Union is an unholy owned subsidiary of ®eform Inc., the Broad/Gates/WalMart/Charter School  Kool-Aid is dispensed by the hogshead at every meeting! By Beau Yarbrough |

COMMUNITY WELLNESS CENTER OPENS AT WASHINGTON PREP HIGH SCHOOL: 2 stories + smf’s 2¢

New health clinic at Washington Prep By Lauren Jones Intersections South LA | http://bit.ly/11wM9Cg Listen to an audio story from Annenberg Radio News << St. John's Well Child & Family Center CEO Jim Mangia. St. John's Well Child & Family Center opened its school-based health clinic on Thursday at Washington Preparatory High School in South Los Angeles. Free dental,

HISTORY MAKER INSPIRES INCARCERATED YOUTH

from Schools on Point: News from LACOE | http://bit.ly/XtwhkU 4 April 2013  ::  A talk by a U.S. military hero who fought fascism abroad and racism at home was the highlight of recent Black History Month activities at Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar. Theodore Lumpkin served during World War II as one of the first African-American military pilots, known as the Tuskegee Airmen. His first-hand

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD FOR YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

by Timothy Cox in Youth on Point/News from LACOE | http://bit.ly/14T3dWj April 2, 2013 09:46  ::  Public schools are required to provide students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate alongside their nondisabled peers in after-school athletics. "But unfortunately, we know that students with disabilities are all too often denied the chance to participate and with it, the

750 (or is it 400?) L.A. UNIFIED SECURITY AIDES HIRED SINCE NEWTON SCHOOL SHOOTING

smf: see LAUSD ADDS 400 SECURITY AIDES @ ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS + smf’s 2¢: By Barbara Jones, LA Daily News The difference between 750 and 400 aides is pretty big, but not as big as the difference between uniformed full-time professional school police officers in the picture and the part time security aides the story is about! By Stephen Ceasar, LA

PROPOSAL FOR PARENT-TRIGGER OVERHAUL AT L.A. SCHOOL “WELL RECEIVED” - SECOND SCHOOL TARGETED

Leaders of a parent group have endorsed a plan to improve 24th Street Elementary, which would be jointly run by L.A. Unified and Crown Prep charter school. smf:  ¿Really? Which leaders? Which parents group? When? By Howard Blume,

LAUSD ADDS 400 SECURITY AIDES @ ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS + smf’s 2¢

By Barbara Jones, LA Daily News | http://bit.ly/YSH2v7 04/02/2013 08:17:11 PM PDT  ::  Los Angeles Unified has hired more than 440 safety aides to provide security at local elementary schools, part of its plan to bolster campus safety in the wake of the Sandy Hook shootings, officials said Tuesday. The district announced in January that it would spend about $4.2 million to hire 1,087 aides and

A BROAD CONNECTION TO THE ATLANTA SCANDAL?

●●smf: the troublemakers, whackos, agents provocateur and conspiracy theorists find conspiracies under every rock. In this particular case the Fulton County Grand Jury+District Attorney found racketeering. By Diane Ravitch from her blog | http://bit.ly/10vL5fH March 30, 2013   ::  This commentary (following) , written two years ago, connects the dots. The Atlanta school board was trained

NY Times Coverage: THE ATLANTA SCHOOL TESTING SCANDAL/3 stories

Ex-Schools Chief in Atlanta Is Indicted in Testing Scandal By MICHAEL WINERIP, New York Times | http://nyti.ms/10qw2Vl Kendrick Brinson for The New York Times - After a 2½-year investigation, Beverly L. Hall, a former district superintendent who won fame and fortune for her performance, was charged with racketeering, theft and other crimes in the doctoring of students' test answers. March

‘A hail of bullets will protect everyone’: NRA SAYS MORE GUNS IN SCHOOLS WILL PROTECT CHILDREN

By Robin Abcarian, LA Times | http://lat.ms/108BT1Z Bullets from a gun. (Los Angeles Times)   April 2, 2013, 3:33 p.m.  ::  Think of the NRA’s newly proposed National School Shield initiative as a kiddie version of the National Missile Defense program. Star Wars for Schoolyards. A hail of bullets will protect everyone! After the school

Education Coalition Position Paper: The 2013-14 CALIFORNIA STATE BUDGET

from The Education Coalition (see following) March 20, 2013 School Finance Principles for the 2013-14 Budget The Governor’s Budget proposal to fund Proposition 98 at a level that reflects the increased revenues from the November 2012 election and his effort to eliminate the wall of debt by paying down deferrals is supported by the Education Coalition. This reflects the Coalition’s long

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4LAKids: Sunday 31•Mar•2013

Opinion: HOW I BEAT THE POWERBROKERS IN A SCHOOL BOARD RACE

By Bennett Kayser, Op-Ed in the LA Daily News | http://bit.ly/173VB2q 3/28/2013 12:17:23 PM PDT  ::  In my 2011 school board race, I beat the big money. My campaign coffers never topped $35,000. My opponent Luis Sanchez raised more than five times as much. Sanchez also benefited from the generous support of "independent" interests willing to spend millions to promote their agendas. He also

A MODEST PROPOSAL FOR MORE BACK-STABBING IN PRESCHOOL

  By CARINA CHOCANO, NEW YOTK TIMES |  http://nyti.ms/YIBbIS A MODEST PROPOSAL: For Preventing The Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being Aburden to Their Parents or Country, and For Making Them Beneficial to The Public By Jonathan Swift (1729) Jonathan Swift's satirical essay from 1729, where he suggests that the

NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION SEEKS CURBS ON U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY

By Tom Chorneau - SI&A Cabinet Report. http://bit.ly/10jGbAC Thursday, March 28, 2013  ::  The National School Boards Association and its 90,000 members are sponsoring legislation aimed at curbing the authority of the U.S. Secretary of Education – an outgrowth likely stemming from the group’s chilly relationship with the Obama administration during the president’s first term. HR 1386 by

HOLD DISTRICTS ACCOUNTABLE FOR RESTORING FUNDING FOR THE ARTS

By Mark Slavkin / commentary in EdSource Today | http://bit.ly/XgHIMK March 26th, 2013  ::  A well-rounded education that includes the arts is essential to prepare California students for college and careers. A year of fine arts is required for admission to the CSU or UC campuses. Further, the skills students gain in the arts – imagination, creativity and innovation – are essential for

Michelle Rhee: TAKING A CRACK AT CALIFORNIA’S EDUCATION SYSTEM + smf’s 2¢

Michelle Rhee came to prominence as the tough-minded chancellor of Washington, D.C., schools. Now she's in Sacramento, taking on this state's system — and its teachers unions. By Michael J. Mishak and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times | http://lat.ms/13DqrQN Michelle Rhee, center, former chancellor of Washington, D.C., Public Schools, answers questions after delivering a speech titled "

2 ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Dropouts + Parents

Language and Dropouts "The English-Learner Dropout Dilemma: Multiple Risks and Multiple Resources" By Lesli A. Maxwell, EdWeek Report Roundup  | http://bit.ly/YL77z8 English-Learner Parents "English Language Learners and Parental Involvement" By Alyssa Morones,  EdWeek Report Roundup  | http://bit.ly/11TItNu

Experts: LATER SCHOOL START HELPS SLEEP-DEPRIVED TEENS

Symposium looks at research, solutions by Gina Cairney, Ed Week | http://bit.ly/YiXYeE also see: LONG BEACH MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO START DAY AN HOUR LATER + smf’s 2¢: By Stephen Ceasar, L.A, Times |http://bit.ly/Zr4Ndf March 27, 2013, Rockville, Md. ::  Mystery still surrounds what sleep is actually for, but multiple research studies suggest that it is critical to brain development,

Elementary principal to take district helm: NEW SAN DIEGO SUPERINTENDENT HAS DEEP PARENT TIES

By Michele Molnar, Education Week | http://bit.ly/11UVOkO Cindy Marten walks with Jasmine Nevarez, 5, the girl's mother, Jessica Lopez, and other parents to a nearby middle school last week. Ms. Marten, who soon takes the reins of the San Diego district, planned the trip as part of a parent-involvement effort.—Sandy Huffaker for Education Week March 27, 2013  ::  Call it "parental

LAUSD SALVAGES SUMMER SCHOOL, BUT CLASSES WILL BE LIMITED

●●smf’s 2¢: …maybe that should be LAUSD Savages Summer School …creating market opportunity for charter operators …in the Valley? By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer, LA Daily News | http://bit.ly/YzEeTA 3/24/2013 11:36:18 AM PDT  ::  Despite fears that Los Angeles Unified would have to cancel summer school this year, officials say they'll be able to hold a limited number of credit-recovery

TO OCCUPY… OR BE OCCUPIED…

by smf for 4LAKidsNews: When the following email with the title above popped up in my browser I thought it was going to be about Prop 39 charter co-locations in California – maybe about Dr. Deasy’s threat to place  a charter co-lo at Venice High School if the School site Council/School Based Management Committee won’t agree to his Pilot School Plan – even though it has already been rejected by

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