With just under 24,000 absentee ballots counted by the city clerk, incumbent Steve Zimmer has a significant 16-point lead over challenger Kate Anderson. Zimmer has tried as best he can to hold the middle ground between the teachers union and the reformers. But middle grounds are hard to come by in ... More >>
Update, 11:39 PM: The race is tightening up a bit, with Zimmer's lead down to 10 percent. Incumbent Steve Zimmer has a significant lead over challenger Kate Anderson, with absentee ballots and a small number at-poll ballots being counted. This race was expected to go down to the wire. But Zimmer ... More >>
See also, "LAUSD's Dance of the Lemons," and "Can Kate Anderson, Mom of Twins, Fix LAUSD?"Los Angeles Unified School District, whose teachers union UTLA has squelched attempts to raise student learning by making ineffective certified teachers relearn subject matter and skills, just attracted $1 mill ... More >>
The heat is on. Kate Anderson, an activist mom and successful attorney with political chops -- she worked for Congress members Henry Waxman and Jane Harman -- will try to oust Steve Zimmer, the Westside's man on Los Angeles Unified School Board, in March 2013. Zimmer has emerged as a fierce oppone ... More >>
Updated with response from the Times on next page. By Hillel Aron The Los Angeles Times printed an odd take on Academia Semillas del Pueblo, the failing charter whose kids are nowhere near state standards on reading, writing, adding and subtracting -- even as compared to their identical, struggli ... More >>
At LAUSD, big friends help
Is this finally the tipping point in turning around LAUSD schools?
By Hillel Aron The kids aren't alright.Today, full page ads appear in the L.A. Times, Daily News and La Opinion taken out by Don't Hold Us Back -- respected organizations calling out United Teachers Los Angeles and LAUSD for letting kids fail. The new supergroup includes The United Way, The ... More >>
Instinct MagazineL.A. is officially leading this parade.The "Stop SB 48" campaign may be doing its darndest to shield California youth from the horrors of learning about gay and lesbian contributions to history, but the religious bigots behind it are bugs under the shoe of the L.A. Board of E ... More >>
She forced through the most radical idea in recent lausd history. So whys she leaving for a Bill Gates start-up?
Merry RetirementEither we're missing something here, or this is the biggest no-brainer in the history of L.A. education (teehee, oxymoron). The Los Angeles Unified School District is facing at least a $408 million budget shortfall for the 2011-12 school year. No matter what, someone -- make ... More >>
John Deasy, man of the hourWell, we were right: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's superintendent of choice made it past the L.A. School Board yesterday. Board members voted him in 6-0; only Steve Zimmer, of Board District 4, abstained. John Deasy will now be promoted from deputy superintendent to ... More >>
A.J. Duffy's tiny pocket is fullParanoid leaders at United Teachers Los Angeles seek anti-reform teachers to run for Los Angeles Unified School Board. That's right. They grimly resist after losing public confidence following the brilliant L.A. Times test score expose of 6,000 teachers. The Ti ... More >>
Emerson MIddle SchoolEmerson Middle School students have been without a librarian this year Los Angeles Unified schools are in a funk - some libraries may have their hours slashed while other libraries will be shut down altogether, leaving school children with fewer places to turn to for hel ... More >>
Anti-reformer Zimmer Steve Zimmer, elected by "sophisticates" on the Westside, is starkly shown as the leading anti-reformist on the LAUSD Board of Education in a fascinating LA Times story about how United Teachers Los Angeles got snookered by the pro bono American Civil Liberties Union, Pub ... More >>
Following a frenzy of budget cuts and rapid changes to a struggling school system, Los Angeles Unifed School District Superintendent Ray Cortines announced Wednesday to the Daily News that he plans to retire next spring. "I'm tired," he told the newspaper.
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