App details state superintendent race spending

By John C. Osborn

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, the race for California state superintendent of public instruction has been fueled by a combined $24 million in total campaign spending for incumbent Tom Torlakson and candidate Marshall Tuck. Outside groups not affiliated with either candidate represent the bulk of that spending – close to $19.4 million on ads and mailers on behalf of the candidates.

Superintendent John Deasy is seen in this file photo before the start of a public hearing at the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

After months of turmoil, LA Schools Superintendent Deasy resigns

By Brenda Iasevoli

Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent John Deasy’s resignation Thursday ended weeks of speculation over whether the school board would oust him or he would leave the post of his own accord. “Needless to say this has been hard work, in fact exhausting work,” the beleaguered superintendent wrote in his resignation letter. “I have neglected my […]

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy. File photo. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

As Deasy’s fate in L.A. remains uncertain, other districts continue to move ahead in tech purchases

By Nichole Dobo

With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District’s school superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. “There are recipes for success out there, and there […]

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John Deasy and keeping students front and center in the political battles of LA

By George Kieffer

Los Angeles Unified School District recently announced a 15-point increase in its graduation rate. This is cause for immense celebration as more students are on their pathways out of poverty. Yet the headlines in Los Angeles are consumed not with recent successes but with reports of board and superintendent conflict. RELATED: When it comes to […]

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There’s no Superman, but L.A.’s Deasy wasn’t afraid to try on the cape

By Charles Taylor Kerchner

John Deasy wasn’t dealt a winning hand. He’s a very smart guy, so I think he knew it from the start, but he wanted to play the game as superintendent of Los Angeles Unified so badly that he picked up the cards anyway. Now, it looks like he’ll fold. According to usually reliable sources, he […]

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Teacher preparation enrollments plummet

By Louis Freedberg

Enrollments in teacher preparation programs in California are continuing to decline at a precipitous rate, according to new figures from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

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Another one bites the dust? How the policies that landed Supt. Deasy at LAUSD could also cause his undoing

By David C. Bloomfield

Los Angeles Schools’ Superintendent John Deasy has discussed terms of a possible exit from that post, according to news sources, ahead of his Oct. 21 performance review. Deasy was appointed in 2011 and his current contract runs to June, 2016. Despite this, LAUSD’s Deasy bio still says he’s “a man on a mission” who’s “championed […]

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How we can use the spotlight of Vergara to raise teaching standards

By Kat Czujko

I was in my second year of teaching when an English teacher at my school told me that Maria could copy her reading summaries right out of the book since “at least she tried to do her homework.”  Now 18, Maria is taking 9th grade math for the fourth time and barely has enough credits […]

Emmanuel Angeles, raises his hand to be called on while doing a worksheet in an English Language Learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

What urban districts need to know to get their English language learners up to Common Core standards

By Emmanuel Felton

California’s large urban school districts are failing to consistently provide quality instruction to students with limited English language proficiency, according to Patricia Gardara, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. “The large urban districts tend to have highly disproportionate poverty, transiency, and urban problems, which must be dealt with in addition to the regular […]

Second-grade teacher Vickie Boudouris goes over a work sheet her students were doing in an English Language Learner summer school class at the Cordova Villa Elementary School, Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Rancho Cordova, Calif. File photo. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Common Core can help English learners in California, new study says

By Pat Wingert

The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English. So concludes a new yearlong study released today by the California-based arm of Education Trust, a nonpartisan research […]