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June 07, 2015

The Last Days of School

The last days of school along with not having to do any high stakes end of year testing allowed me to make sure I ended the year with a well balanced curriculum and a good dose of fun for everyone. Here's a countdown of my last 18 days of 2014/15 school year.

June 02, 2015

School Takeover Threat Spurs Compromise Between LA District, Parents

Parents of students attending a struggling Los Angeles Elementary School accept a comprehensive school reform plan from the Los Angeles Unified School District.

May 13, 2015

L.A. Schools Extend Contract of Acting Superintendent

Terms of the agreement will become public once the deal is finished. Cortines' current salary is $300,000 a year.

April 15, 2015

Los Angeles District Approves Plans For Two Girls-Only Schools

One school, the Girls Academic Leadership Academy, will focus on STEM to increase the number of girls who take those classes and participate in STEM careers.

March 18, 2015

The Perfect Person for Imperfect Circumstances

Don't ask schools, students, or teachers to rise to your expectations of excellence if you aren't just as deep in the fight for their expectation of equity.

March 09, 2015

'My Brother's Keeper' First-Year Report Highlights Focus on Minority Males

More than $300 million has been donated by foundations and corporations to boost the My Brother's Keeper-aligned initiatives, along with pledges of support from nearly 200 mayors, tribal leaders, and county executives.

February 24, 2015

L.A. Schools Reboot Plan to Give Every Student a Computer

The Los Angeles Unified district doesn't have the money to continue with plans to provide all students with a tech device, superintendent Ramon Cortines said.

January 13, 2015

Former Los Angeles Leader Joins Broad Center as Superintendent-in-Residence

John Deasy will serve as a consultant to graduates of the Broad Foundation's school leadership programs who are working in urban districts.

January 07, 2015

New Report Details Cumbersome Procurement Practices in Big-City Districts

The report by the Center on Reinventing Public Education says some of those procurement processes, while well-meaning, may stifle innovation.

December 19, 2014

Los Angeles Requests Delay in Using New Test Scores for Accountability Purposes

Citing concerns over technological readiness, LA Superintendent Raymond Cortines has asked the state Superintendent of Public Instruction Thomas Torlakson not to use the district's students' test scores on new Smarter Balanced tests for "high stakes accountability purposes."

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