FROM Karin Klein
After the iPads: What's Next for LA Unified? John Deasy has resigned as Superintendent of LA Unified, and Interim successor Ramon Cortines says the District can't afford to continue Deasy's discredited program of iPads-for-Everybody. It's now the subject of a federal criminal investigation. But here's a headline from an editorial in today's LA Times: " LAUSD should try again on supplying computers ."
Will LA Unified Flunk Its Superintendent? John Deasy has been Superintendent of LA Unified for three and a half years—weathering storms over iPads and, most recently, a disaster in class scheduling. But graduation rates are up, and more minority kids are enrolled in Advanced Placement. Tomorrow, the elected school board begins his annual evaluation, and tonight we’ll hear why he’s so controversial.
Common Core: For Better or Worse As the father of children in New York public schools, comedian Louis CK has become a poster-parent for protest against Common Core . That's the new federally approved program of educational standards designed to produce the critical thinking and analytical skills required for success in the global economy. Louis CK says, "My kids used to love math. Now it makes them cry." California has adopted the Common Core standards for public schools but not for everybody. Tests are being given this year in grades three through eight and 11 — but no results will be made public. In fact, the tests themselves are being tested.
Saying "No" to the Test High school students across California are sitting down to take pilot versions of a new statewide exam. It’s designed to fit with the Common Core State Standards, a new curriculum that’s supposed to encourage critical thinking over rote memorization. We’ll hear why L.A. Times editorial writer Karin Klein has asked her 16-year-old daughter to opt-out of the testing.
Raising Taxes to Fund Schools In San Marino, La Canada-Flintridge and South Pasadena, two thirds of the voters have approved new taxes for schools. At the same time in Pasadena Unified, 52% went along, but that wasn't enough to meet the two-thirds requirement. Yesterday, in Santa Monica/Malibu Unified, the Measure A parcel tax got 63%, a much bigger majority but again, not enough to win. On June 8, voters in the City of Los Angeles will decide on Measure E , which would allow the LA Unified School District to levy a temporary $100 annual education parcel tax.
Nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula slowly coming to a head North Korea did not conduct a nuclear test this weekend, but it did show apparent progress in developing a missile that that could strike the United States. The Trump Administration says it has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what that might -- or might not -- mean for North Korea, China and the prospects for diplomacy.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?