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.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
Should we 'hack the climate' to fight global warming? The Paris Agreements won't be enough to reverse global warming, whether President Trump pulls the US out or not. Is it time to try altering the atmosphere by what's called "geoengineering?" We hear about unintended consequences, international relations… and ethics.
Russian probe gets jolt from Yates and Clapper Senate hearing Intelligence officials have long since concluded that Russia interfered in last year's US election. After yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, what more do we know about the threat to future elections and how it's being handled by the Trump Administration?