Los Angeles Unified School District

Posted Aug. 4, 2017

Los Angeles Parents Spoke Up and Got a School Board That Puts Kids First

One year ago this week, we introduced our organization, Speak UP, and its platform and principles. For far too long, we pointed out, when education…

By Jenny Hontz, Katie Braude

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Posted July 18, 2017

Yes, We Train Like Doctors Because Becoming a Teacher Is That Serious

It was my first day of the student teaching portion of the UCLA IMPACT (Inspiring Minds through a Professional Alliance of Community Teachers) and my mentor teacher…

By Christelle Rocha, Jeraldy Vega

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Posted May 31, 2017

We Used to Be One of the Worst Schools in California. Not Anymore.

With high suspension rates, low achievement scores and ineffective teachers, Pacoima Elementary had the dishonor of being one of the worst schools in California. So…

By Sylvia Fajardo

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Posted May 18, 2017

3 Lessons From the Los Angeles School Board Race for Pro-Equity Advocates

When the ballots were finally tallied in the early morning hours on Wednesday, those of us who work for educational equity in California’s public schools…

By Chris Bertelli

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Posted Mar. 27, 2017

Even Teachers Think It Should Take More Than Just 18 Months to Get Tenure

I never intended to be a public school teacher. Growing up, I’d gone to private school. When it came time to send my kids to…

By Erin Fitzgerald-Haddad

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Suspension Is No Longer the Only Tool Educators Have to Address Discipline Problems

A student yells at a teacher, engages in an altercation with a peer or is continually late to class. For decades, under a zero-tolerance framework,…

By Catherine Bradshaw

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Posted Jan. 13, 2017

The Case for Suburban Charter Schools

Tai Glenn still remembers the conflict that led her to switch her daughter from a traditional public school to a charter school seven years ago.…

By Nadra Kareem Nittle

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Posted Nov. 30, 2016

Charter Schools Offer a Chance for Unions To Work For Teachers and Students

Giving teachers greater influence in defining their jobs. This kind of union could be good for teachers and students.…

By Max Marchitello, Kaitlin Pennington

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Posted Nov. 8, 2016

I Used to Think College Wasn’t For Me, Now I Work to Ensure Students of Color Attend and Graduate College

Many people don’t go back to work in the community they grew up in, but doing so provides a special perspective. I’m a natural born…

By Myrna Reyes

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Posted Oct. 18, 2016

Statement from Peter Cunningham on LAUSD Board’s Potential Action on Charter Schools

The school board of Los Angeles is putting politics ahead of children by considering a vote to close Los Angeles charter schools that are schools of choice…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

My Name Is Chyrise Harris and This Is Why I’m Fighting for Better Public Schools

Three years ago this month, my dad passed away. Growing up in Indiana, he attended both the segregated and integrated schools of the Gary Community…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

Do I Really Have to Live in an All-White Neighborhood for My Kids to Get a Good Education?

I grew up in Queens (St. Albans), New York, and attended Andrew Jackson High School in the early ’90s. My family, who migrated to New…

By Lisa Petgrave-Nelson

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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