Sunday, April 20, 2014

Leadership In a Small Town


By Alain Jehlen Before Sam Phillips started fighting for grown-ups, he fought for students. Phillips is an American Indian and a utility maintenance employee in the Potter Valley Community Unified School District, a rural K-12 district with fewer than 300 students 130 miles north of San Francisco. His own daughter had disabilities and he felt [...]

Surviving Teacher Burnout

June 7, 2011 by jrosales  
Filed under Featured News, Top Stories


By John Rosales On August 15, five days before the start of the 2010-2011 school year, Michelle Totra’s summer came to a crashing end. She was told by the superintendent of the Needles Unified School District in California that she had been involuntarily transferred from her elementary school to Needles High school. In an instant, [...]

Beware Pro-Charter School “Parent” Groups

May 19, 2011 by ajehlen  
Filed under Charter Schools, Featured News, Top Stories


By Alain Jehlen Parents are among the strongest supporters of public education. So attacks by groups claiming to represent parents are particularly painful for public educators. After all, nobody becomes a parent or an educator in order to get rich. But sometimes a group that claims to represent parents actually has anti-public school activists in [...]

Report: Teacher-Led Reform Helping in California


By Amy Buffenbarger A new report out today finds a 50 percent better academic growth rate at nearly 500 California schools, and all of it is the result of successful union-led reforms put in place as the result of a lawsuit by the California Teachers Association against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. In August 2005, the California [...]

NEA’s Waiting for Superman Resources


A barrel-chested comic book character must save public education? Compelling soundbite to sell a movie maybe but when it comes to real education reform, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel gives the American public more credit than the backers of Waiting for Superman. “Nowhere in the film or its discussion have teachers’ voices been heard,” says [...]

Critics Cite Flaws in Los Angeles Times Teacher Ranking


By Cynthia McCabe A child is more than a test score, but according to one metro newspaper, his teacher isn’t. The Los Angeles Times this week touched off a firestorm with a piece announcing it would publicize a searchable database of all L.A. Unified School District teachers, ranking them by name on the basis of [...]