Anti-Charter-School Rhetoric Isn’t Helping L.A.’s Kids

By Virgil Roberts
As the son of poor sharecroppers from East Texas who came to California to work as migrant farm workers, I greet the new school year as a time of hope and possibility for my family. Neither of my parents was able to complete elementary school in the segregated South, but they knew education was the...

TAGS: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles

Unionization Push Threatens Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

By Scott Kaufman
“Join the movement for schools L.A. students deserve.” You’d be forgiven for thinking that meant schools that offered the best outcomes for their students. Instead, it’s the banner the United Teachers of Los Angeles is marching under in its “struggle” with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the “fight against the corporate parasites lined...

TAGS: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Charter schools, Los Angeles Unified School District

California's Official Antipathy to Educational Innovation and Accountability

By Edward Ring
“With a hearing now scheduled for Aug. 21, LA Unified’s teachers union, UTLA, will have the chance to argue before a neutral party that Alliance College-Ready Public Charter Schools, violated state education law by blocking the union’s efforts to bring Alliance teachers into its membership.” – Mike Szymanski, “UTLA outlines accusations against Alliance for anti-union...

TAGS: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Eli Broad, PERB, United Teachers of Los Angeles, UTLA

California's New, Big, Nonpartisan Political Tent

By Edward Ring
“In politics, a big tent or catch-all party is a political party seeking to attract people with diverse viewpoints and thus appeal to more of the electorate. The big tent approach is opposed to single-issue litmus tests and ideological rigidity, conversely advocating multiple ideologies and views within a party.” –  Wikipedia, “Big Tent“ Something is...

TAGS: Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, Charter schools, Parent trigger laws, pension reform