Dana Woldow: Denying Children Food is Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Dana Woldow: Denying Children Food is Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

Save LAUSD’s SRLDP Preschools for English Language Learners

Those who can, TEACH. Those who cannot pass laws about teaching.

First published on solidaridad on June 15, 2013 Because we know that language learning doesn’t occur in one year or even in a few months, it’s over time.—Becky Palacios, Ph.D. The School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP) is an amazingly effective Pre-K program for English Language Leaners. This isn’t the first time that Broad and […]

Schools as Community Centers

My friend, Dr. Mark Naison, wrote a beautiful piece a while ago about his vision for education, which he graciously allowed me to reprint.  I loved his idea of schools as community centers.  I wanted to talk to about that for a minute: I’ve worked in schools that began using their personnel and resources to […]

On adult education’s critical role in social justice

Photo by Yoon Jung Lee This essay first appeared March 13, 2012 on the National Coalition for Literacy site as part of their discussion series on “Cut the Excuses, Not Education! How SaveAdultEd.org Is Fighting the Proposal to Eliminate Adult Education in L.A.” The article series featured students, educators, and activists engaged in the struggle […]

The struggle to save LAUSD’s adult education program

Update: The Save Adult Education Website has petition blanks, phone numbers to contact individual Board Members, contacts for letter writing campaigns, and so much more! In the case that you can’t sign a paper petition (which are preferable), there’s also an online petition. SaveAdultEd.org also has a facebook page and a twitter feed. Whatever support […]

Cutting Libraries in a Recession…

“Cutting Libraries in a Recession is like Cutting Hospitals in a Plague.” — Eleanor Crumblehulme HT/4LAKids

99% Educator Sarah Knopp interviewed at OccupyLAUSD

Teachers and students and parents are part of the 99% and that we’re really one of the groups that has taken the brunt of the economic crises… In reality public employees and our unions are being blamed for a problem that was caused by the banks. Where the banks are getting a 700 billion dollar […]

Cutting Education

If you thought the recession’s impact on schools was swift and immediate, think again. Sure – revenues dipped, but stimulus funds made things less worse than they would have been otherwise. Now that those funds are nearly entirely gone… From the Center on Budget and Policy and Priorities: The cumulative effect of four consecutive years […]

#Marching in #WI

A lot of crazy stuff happening in Wisconsin. Some people are calling it Cairo in the US, something like that. I don’t know if I agree with that, kind of belittles what is happening in the Middle East. I enjoy watching Morning Joe on MSNBC. I like the banter, it’s presented well, pretty much the […]

What to Cut in Schools During the Depression, and It Ain’t Libraries

Rather than accepting the cheap RTTT bribes inspired by Gates and Broad to bust up public education even further, states need to gird their loins, make some tough decisions, and hunker down.   From Joanne Yatvin in Oregon.com: By Joanne Yatvin The job of destroying America’s public schools, left unfinished by No Child Left Behind, has […]

Cuts Coming to Portland (OR) Schools

From Carole Smith, Superintendent of the Portland Public Schools (OR): Central support and operations: $3.1 millionPPS central services and operations — including administration, finance and payroll, transportation, building maintenance and more — will cut spending on materials and services, as well as reduce staff by the equivalent of 25 full-time positions (or FTE). Special education […]

Higher ed connections

There’s wind of some rules concerning for-profit colleges from the DOE. Under consideration are the eradication of paying recruiters per student and adjusting the debt to income ratio. All good things. Inasmuch as reform is coming to the K-12 level, it looks like the universities are getting their share as well. Now, what is interesting […]

Zero Tolerance for Peaceful Protest at Southwestern College

From Inside Higher Ed: On Thursday, several hundred students at Southwestern College, a community college outside of San Diego, held a peaceful protest over budget cuts that are leading to the cancellation of more than 400 additional course sections next semester. On Friday, the students got a sign that someone was paying attention to the […]


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