Education is key to the formation of a lot of APA communities. We chew it over and see where we go next at Banana 2: Asian Pacific American Bloggers Converge on Los Angeles Today.
Archives for February 2011
The construction of a new K-8 school in a diverse corner of Los Angeles, part of LAUSD, sparks passionate disagreement and discussion about who should run the school: a charter management organization, or LAUSD in partnership with the community?
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provides a briefing on federal budget priorities and their impact on education funding as reflected in President Obama’s proposed budget.
Students at the public Roger C. Sullivan High School in Chicago have taken a stand in support of Miguel del Valle in the city’s mayoral election. They caught an inaccuracy in a mayoral debate made by frontrunner candidate and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel with regard to top-performing public high schools, none of which are charters.
GOP House members release proposed budget cuts prior to renewal of federal government funding (the stopgap in place covers the period Oct 1, 2010, to March 4, 2011). Cuts of $4.9 billion against an anticipated Dept of Education budget of $63.7 billion.
Compare Ohioan Kelley Williams-Bolar’s school residency fraud with that of an affluent suburban Columbus family who didn’t spend any jail time and used the courts to win their sons spots at a desirable school neighboring the district where they actually lived.
A school district awarded a rare federal foreign language instruction grant for public schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth area may return it because parents are concerned that learning the Arabic language will also entail learning the religion of Islam. Are their perceptions based on fact?
For public high school graduates in NY state, Regents exam results correlate to college success. Far too many graduates fall short of college-readiness despite holding a high school diploma: only 41% of existing school grads will get C grades or above in college, only 10% of charter school grads will.
A fundamentalist Christian organization, Child Evangelism Fellowship, has recently ramped up their presence on public grade school campuses. They are emboldened by a supreme court decision…but does this cross a line between church and state?
A baby boom in Manhattan strains the capacity of local public schools to house students, turning kids away for lack of space–only to be soaked up by the launch of private schools that’ll gladly charge $50,000 a year for kindergarten. Blogger Beccarama asks, Why Aren’t Parents Rioting in the Streets?