September 18

LATE BREAKING NEWS:  The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) decided to “suspend” their 7-day strike today after the union’s House of Delegates approved the tentative agreement reached on Friday.  Students and teachers will return to their classes tomorrow morning.  This article from The Chicago Tribune, posted at 6:31 p.m. this evening, describes  some of the key issues of the new contract that CTU members will be voting on over the next several weeks:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-todays-assignment-seal-deal-with-chicago-teachers-20120918,0,7782812,full.story
   The Chicago teachers strike was a BIG story last week and into this week.  It sparked an article in Saturday’s L.A. Times that speculated about the possibility of a similar action in L.A.  The verdict, however, was “unlikely:”  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0915-lausd-evals-20120915,0,6760463.story  If you thought the strike might have ended yesterday you haven’t been staying up with the news.  The teachers union required more time to study the “tentative agreement” that seemed to have been reached on Friday and the Chicago school board went to court to try to force the educators back to work.  Here’s how things stood as of yesterday afternoon according the The Chicago Tribune:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-teachers-union-meets-on-contract-today-20120916,0,3021850,full.story

 

    On Friday, Gov. Brown signed a bill to institute a state takeover of the Inglewood Unified School District.  This story in Saturday’s L.A. Times provides some details about how the process works: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-brown-bills-20120915,0,6482256.story
   Four letter-writers reacted to the editorial in last Tuesday’s Times regarding the use of student test scores on teacher evaluations:   http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/letters/la-le-0915-saturday-teachers-ratings-tests-20120915,0,2991335.story
   How much do you know about “online education?”  Want to know more about how it works, how many students are involved, how effective it is, how it’s paid for and what are the implications for public education in the future?  Check out this piece from the “Other Words” blog, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies:  http://www.otherwords.org/articles/virtually_anything_goes_with_online_education
   Under the federal government’s  “Deferred Action” program students who arrived in the country illegally may now have an opportunity to finish their schooling and work in the U.S.  An article in yesterday’s L.A. Times explains how the new law works and profiles several students:  http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-immigrant-20120916,0,3010260,full.story
   The Chancellor of the 112 campus California Community College system stepped down Saturday after slightly more than 3 1/2 years at the helm.  EdSource has a story profiling his time in office and comments that he made during a conversation he had with the author of the article.  It contains a link to a full transcript of his interview: http://www.edsource.org/today/2012/wake-up-says-retiring-community-college-chancellor/19740
   Yesterday’s L.A. Times details a group of about 250 students at El Camino Real Charter High who wrote essays to gain admission to the school’s production on Friday of the play “8” about the Prop. 8 court battle over gay marriage: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-lausd-play-20120917,0,4091879.story
   As most of the readers of the “Ed News” know, there will be two propositions, #30 and #38, on the November ballot that will raise revenue to help provide additional funding for schools.  The former is supported by Gov. Brown and the latter by attorney Molly Munger.  This Sacramento Bee story takes a look at both and explains how they are similar and how they differ:  http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/18/4829448/jerry-brown-and-molly-munger-both.html#storylink=cpy
   And finally, NPR station KPCC’s “AirTalk” program host Larry Mantle held a discussion with Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Claudia Keith, assistant vice chancellor for public affairs for the California State University system.  They discussed what would happen if Prop. 30 (see story above) fails to pass.  You can read a brief description of their conversation and/or listen to the full audio (21:19 minutes) here:   http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2012/09/17/28441/cal-state-university-prop-30-warning/

Dave Alpert (’71) Chief Commissar
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