Speaking of Education

School Safety Takes More Than Guns

In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, where 20 young children and 6 adults were killed by a gunman, the issue of school safety is on the mind of every parent and educator. 

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Ed Source: Poll - Counselors Are More Important Than Police Officers

To improve school safety, Californians overwhelmingly believe that having guidance counselors in every school would be more effective than deploying armed police officers.

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The Argonaut: "Zimmer Proposal Would Atler Dynamics Of How LAUSD Evaluates Educators"

The controversy over how to grade the performance of teachers in the LAUSD has been brewing for several years and came to a head ... nearly two years ago.
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LA Times article: "L.A. Unified bests reform groups in most cases."

In a surprising challenge to four school reform efforts LAUSD outpaced the others in a Times analysis.  Read More

Click Here to Read Article from Jewish Journal on Steve Zimmer

Most days Zimmer hardly notices how alone he is, because he never stops working... Read More

Click here to read the latest California budget information

The Governor released his revised budget which shows his effort to preserve K - 12 education funding.  

L.A. Unified Releases School Ratings Using 'Value-Added' Method

The approach focuses on how much progress students make year to year rather than measuring solely their achievement level. Parents are likely to be surprised.

By Jason Song and Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times

Bullying: The Connection Between Human Relations and Schools

A presentation to the Committee of the Whole by Judy Chiasson, PhD, Coordinator, Human Relations, diversity and Equity.