Liberating neighborhood schools through school district separation

By Marc Joffe
06/14/2017
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
05/24/2017
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 Gloria Romero
12/02/2014
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