FROM Jed Wallace
LAUSD and Teachers' Union Form Tentative Agreement School Superintendent John Deasy told the elected school board last night that he's decentralizing the LAUSD. He's made a deal with Warren Fletcher, newly elected president of the teachers' union, to let local schools hire teachers, choose teaching materials and set schedules. These are powers the Union has wanted for years, and Fletcher had to make some concessions. The deal isn't final until UTLA members approve. Also, in a follow up to last night's WWLA?, the Santa Monica-Malibu School Board last night changed private fundraising rules. By a vote of 6 to nothing, with one abstention, it ruled that PTA's of individual schools will no longer be allowed to pay the salaries of extra teaching staff. The goal is to avoid inequities between rich and poor schools. The district-wide Education Foundation will get that responsibility sometime in the next three years. The City of Malibu has voted to consider forming its own, separate district.
California Charter Schools Get Grant from Walton Foundation The California Charter Schools Association is getting a $15 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation, to add an additional 20,000 students to attend charter schools in Los Angeles, and 100,000 statewide. The grant is the biggest of its kind from the nonprofit set up by the founders of the retail giant, Wal-Mart. The impact will be felt all over the state, but nowhere more than Los Angeles, which has more charter schools than any other school system in the country.
LAUSD Schools Go Up for Grabs In August, Los Angeles' elected school board voted to open up 200 low-performing schools and 50 new ones to outside control. The process has started, and yesterday was the deadline for applications to run 36 schools on 30 campuses. Dozens of groups submitted proposals , including Green Dot and other charter operators, Mayor Villagraigosa's Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and a team composed of the teachers' union and school district staff.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.