This space explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools. If there is some urgency in the message, it is due to the current reform efforts that are based on a radical re-invention of education, now spearheaded by a psychometric blitzkrieg of "metastasizing testing" aimed at dismantling a public education system that took almost 200 years to build. JH August, 2005
Monday, January 13, 2014
California Readers--Read This and Act
K-12 News Network has obtained an email that the United Way sent to its partner groups advertising an informational session held by Superintendent John Deasy that will provide details on the rollout of Local Control Funding Formula councils. These councils, part of Local Control Accountability Plans, must by law include community members, parents, teachers, and others who will participate in determining funding priorities for Los Angeles Unified schools. They will be expected to review preliminary budgets and provide feedback and oversight so that foster children, those from low-income backgrounds, English language learners, and special ed learners will receive the extra funds mandated by Proposition 30 set aside for their education.
This meeting is Monday, January 13, 2014. Did you get the memo? How has the outreach been to you, parents and community members in LAUSD’s many sub-districts?
If you didn’t “get the memo,” are the grasstops — community groups that get funding from the United Way — seemingly the only ones that are looped in to this kind of information? Are the grassroots — every day parents, teachers, and other people who care about public education — getting this same kind of information and access? How has outreach been, LAUSD grassroots?
What do you say, Los Angeles Unified parents? If you aren’t prepared or able to serve on a Parent Advisory Council, do you know who does, so you can have a voice in the process?
Please join our CLASS partners next Monday to hear important updates from LAUSD Superintendent Dr. John Deasy on the District’s development of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). This an opportunity for your organization to learn about, and, give input, as LAUSD develops the initial three-year plan.
The event is taking place at California Endowment on January 13, 2014 at The California Endowment, 1000 N. Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA. 90012 in the Redwood Room.