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School Standards Paradox

Math problem: If only 33% of California's schoolchildren meet the state's new learning standards, and the federal government insists the number must reach 100% within 12 years, at what point on the road to achievement will the two figures collide?

Possibly very soon, as state officials feel pressed to lower expectations to av... [MORE]

— editors
Los Angeles Times
September 15, 2002


Message to Compton: Try Some Student Engagement, Not AR-15s
<br>Compton students deserve a better vision of school--and life-- than revealed in this headline: <a href="http://laist.com/2014/08/18/compton_school_police_will_be.php"> Compton School Police Will Be Armed With Semi-Automatic AR-15 Rifles</a>. <br> <br>I wish every member of the Compton community would t... [MORE]



California Standards Tests (CSTs) Leave Most Children Behind

By Gregg Nelsen and DeWayne Mason

"Far Below Basic." That's our rating of California's Standards Tests (CSTs)—measures that annually lead hundreds of schools to receive highly questionable sanctions and unwarranted community criticism. Recent statistical analyses, slighted by State Superintendent Jack O'Connell, show... [MORE]

Gregg Nelsen and DeWayne Mason
May 2005


Nationally recognized teacher removed from class after allegations of misconduct
<br><b>Ohanian Note:</b> Along with Valerie Strauss, Jay Mathews covered this story in considerable outrage: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/06/19/the-deplorable-way-the-l-a-school-district-is-treating-the-worlds-most-famous-teacher-jay-mathews">The deplorable way the L.A. school... [MORE]

— Zahira Torres
Los Angeles Times

  Resisters' Letters  

By Susan Harman
To the editor
How did Duke Helfand keep a straight face describing our State Board of Education's absurd decision to fail 98% of our schools? White is black,day is night, and having all our schools fail will "restore public confidence". Under No Corporation Left Behind, the 100% of our low-income schools failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress will be cut of... [MORE]

Los Angeles Times

  NCLB Atrocities  

Most California Schools Declared Failing

So much for the Feds claim that they weren't labeling public schools as "failures."

Most schools statewide, including those in the San Fernando Valley and the rest of the Los Angeles Unified School District, fell short of benchmarks for reaching a new federal goal of having every student proficient i... [MORE]

— Helen Gao
Los Angeles Daily News
Most schools in state failing
July 24, 2003

  NCLB News  

Sacramento, we have a problem

SACRAMENTO, we have a problem. The first national study of the impact of introducing a battery of "high stakes" tests in schools in more than two dozen states -- including California -- shows that they are having no clear impact.

Oops. The state has been spending billions of dollars on the assumption that these tests would prod stude... [MORE]

— lead editorial
San Francisco Chronicle
Sacramento, we have a problem
January 2, 2003

  NCLB In Your Face  

Teachers: NCLB needs rewriting
... [MORE]

  Special Needs News  

Vocational Ed Rebounding as an Answer to Dropout Crisis

Kay's Comment: The good news is that vocational education is viewed as a means of keeping kids in school and teaching them a skill or trade. The bad news is that there are folks who still want vocational education to be "academically rigorous" leading to a four-year college degree. I agree... [MORE]

— Dana Hull
Mercury News

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