Liberating neighborhood schools through school district separation

By Marc Joffe
Large school districts are often less responsive to the needs of students and the hopes of parents than smaller districts. Public educational behemoths – such as Los Angeles Unified – are more likely to fall under the influence of well-organized interest groups such as teachers’ unions. By breaking up large districts into smaller ones, parents...

TAGS: Los Angeles Unified

Former LAUSD Superintendent draws $238k pension

By Marc Joffe
Retired LA schools chief Ramon Cortines received pension benefits totaling a remarkable $238,383.67 last year, possibly through a controversial pension-spiking practice known as “air time” – the purchase of credit for time not worked.

TAGS: Los Angeles Unified

Los Angeles Unified School District bid to dodge Parent Trigger Law fails

By Private: Gloria Romero
The California Senate Legislative Counsel issued last week a sweeping opinion, concluding a controversy as to whether a school district – Los Angeles Unified, in this case – can proclaim itself exempt from California’s historic Parent Trigger law, which enables parents of kids in chronically underperforming schools to transform it if a majority of parents...

TAGS: California Center for Parent Empowerment, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified, Parent Revolution, parent trigger law, underperforming schools