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April 21, 2015

Funding to Create the Schools California Students Deserve

I am thankful to report that my district, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and my union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) have come to a tentative contract agreement and the possibility of a strike is no longer looming on the horizon. Like most agreements, compromise was made on both sides of the bargaining table. I won't bore you with all the details but I do want to talk about one - college counselors.

April 21, 2015

Los Angeles Teachers Land 10 Percent Raise in Tentative Agreement

After nearly a year of negotiations, the Los Angeles school district has reached a tentative agreement with the teachers' union, settling on a deal that would increase teacher salaries by 10 percent.

April 20, 2015

English-Learner Advocate Appointed to California Board of Education

In January, leaders in 20 nonprofit organizations wrote to Gov. Jerry Brown, asking him to consider the importance of appointing a champion for ELLs, who constitute a quarter of the state's K-12 student population.

April 09, 2015

Schools Could Face Another Influx of Unaccompanied Minors, Analysis Shows

While districts can estimate how many new students they will be absorbing from the border crisis, many won't know the full scope of the resources they need until students show up.

April 08, 2015

Latest California Parent-Trigger Effort Marks 10th Time Law Has Been Invoked

Parents of students attending a low-performing Los Angeles elementary school hope to use California's parent-trigger law to spur academic and staffing changes.

April 08, 2015

Los Angeles Parents Mounting Trigger-Law Petition Drive to Improve School

Parents of students attending a low-performing Los Angeles elementary school hope to use California's parent-trigger law to spur academic and staffing changes.

April 02, 2015

Seeking the Right Balance of Quality and Quantity in Expanded Learning Time

Getting the most out of longer school days and years means getting the best quality instruction, according to a new report from the National Center on Time and Learning.

April 01, 2015

Q&A: Predicting Parent-Trigger Law's Path

Education Week reporters discuss California's controversial so-called parent-trigger law and examine whether the law has made good on its promise to improve struggling schools.

March 30, 2015

Q&A: The 'Parent-Trigger' Movement Turns Five, What's Next?

Parent-trigger advocates in California are expanding their strategies to broaden this young movement's influence, while others wonder if the idea has run its course.

March 27, 2015

Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools

While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities.

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