ASDC in Denver, CO: “Future of the Party Forum” with DNC Chair Candidates

Republican Donald Trump will be forty-fifth president of the United States, and his election has spurred the Democratic Party to soul-search as it surveys its many state and local losses as well as that at the top of the ticket. Public education activists seek clarity on the Democratic Party’s commitment to publicly-funded and democratically-run neighborhood […]

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Don’t be Fooled by Tobacco Companies’ Smoke and Lies: Prop 56 is Good for Children, Schools

Editor’s note: occasionally we feature opinion pieces written in support of issue campaigns by guest bloggers. This piece comes from a PTA supporter working with our friends at the #Yeson56 campaign, which would raise the tax on tobacco products (including vaping items) in order to fund anti-smoking prevention education programs aimed at minors and their […]

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The Unrepresented

Gerrymander: “manipulate the boundaries of (an electoral constituency) so as to favor one party or class.” –Oxford Dictionaries If one wants to see a visual representation of “gerrymandered”, the map of LAUSD District 5 is a good place to start. In an effort to carve our Hunger Game like districts, the mapmakers at the Los […]

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Next #DemDebate MUST Include K-12 Education Policy

The next #DemDebate is scheduled for the important primary state of Iowa on November 14, 2015. It’ll be broadcast by CBS in partnership with the Des Moines Register. Professor Julian Vasquez Heilig is leading the call for the families of 50 million students K-12 across the nation and the communities they live in to have […]

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A National NEA Endorsement Vote Now Could Damage State-Level Organizing

Loren Scott is active in Los Angeles Democratic Party politics, the NEA, California Teachers Assocation. and a representative to UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles). This request is prompted by talk of NEA endorsing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary which will determine the party’s nominee. A vote on the endorsement could occur as early […]

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NEA Members Divided on Early Clinton Endorsement For The Democratic Primary

Loren Scott is active in Los Angeles Democratic Party politics, the NEA, California Teachers Assocation. and a representative to UTLA (United Teachers of Los Angeles). This statement is prompted by talk of NEA endorsing Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary which will determine the party’s nominee. It was written after a tele-town hall held with […]

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Six Education Policies A 2016 Presidential Candidate Must Embrace

  On the eve of passage of amendments to the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act, the Rev. Dr. William Barber, a distinguished contemporary Civil Rights leader, released a powerful statement of support that gave qualified support for the law’s draft reauthorization and pointed to the work ahead. He said: But as we under-resource our public […]

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CALL TO ACTION: Vote YES on Senate Amendment 2100 and Put Community Schools at the Center of ESEA Reauthorization

From our friends at Coalition for Community Schools: This week, as early as tomorrow, the Senate will vote on the amendment being offered by Sen. Brown (D-OH) (Senate Amendment 2100) to establish a community schools grant program, and we need your help to get this passed. This will be a tougher vote to pass as […]

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LAUSD School Board Member-Elect Ref Rodriguez’s Financial Disclosures (And Possible Conflicts of Interest)

The voters of Los Angeles Unified School District 5 have made a big mistake in electing Ref Rodriguez to the school board this past May. Questions remain about his financial ties to various organizations he holds leadership positions in that would represent a conflict of interest if, as a LAUSD school board member, he were […]

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LAUSD 2015 School Board Race Results: $5 Million in Charter Lobby Money Spent For Middling Outcomes

Tamar Galatzan and the discredited John Deasy

Tamar Galatzan, incumbent, was defeated by challenger Scott Schmerelson. Likely her close connection to the much-despised John Deasy was one she couldn’t shake. Sadly, incumbent Bennet Kayser was defeated by charter-backed Ref Rodriguez. Finally, incumbent Richard Vladovic was re-elected over his challenger, Tea Party-allied Lydia Gutierrez. The race was marred by mailers paid for by […]

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