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  • No magic bullet: Technology has much to offer in the classroom, but it can’t fix everything

    10 hours ago

    I’m sold on technology in the classroom. I really am. I mean, books, paper and pens are a form of technology — they’re just a comparatively inert and messy form. 

    I’m not sentimental about physical books. I’m sure when they came around, some poor slob was sitting in a corner...

  • Protest structural racism, not just Sterling racism

    May 14, 2014 | 11:34 am

    When I heard the tape recordings of Donald Sterling, I, like many of you, felt outrage and disgust. 

    I would like to believe that Sterling is an outlier, that his sentiments are not representative. But as the days go by and I hear about the fervor with which the community has...

  • Will LAUSD’s iPad upgrade work?

    By Sam Gliksman

    September 24, 2013 | 1:52 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second-largest public school district in the United States, has approved a plan that will provide every K-12 student and teacher in Los Angeles with an iPad by fall 2014. With more than 650,000 students and almost 26,000 teachers, this...

  • Charter school moving to Shomrei Torah

    July 2, 2013 | 12:13 pm

    Shomrei Torah Synagogue has found a new occupant for the space on its West Hills campus that once belonged to New Community Jewish High School (NCJHS). Ivy Academia Entrepreneurial Charter School is moving its eighth- to 12th-grade students and its business operations from...

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  • School music teacher brings in $1.5 million grant

    June 7, 2013 | 2:58 pm

    University High School had plenty to celebrate on May 21: the opening of a new gym, six tennis courts, a parent center and — a contrast to the seemingly endless cuts and setbacks to the arts in public education — a $3 million music facility.

    The fact that freshly re-elected Los...

  • Steve Zimmer holds middle ground

    By Bill Boyarsky

    March 28, 2013 | 9:49 am

    After surviving opposition funded by the mayors of America’s two biggest cities, newly re-elected Los Angeles Unified School District board member Steve Zimmer says his win has preserved a “system of checks and balances” in running L.A.’s huge school district.

    Mayor Antonio...

  • School board race pits unions against billionaires

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 20, 2013 | 2:09 pm

    Probably the greatest impact of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s $1 million gift last week to the Coalition for School Reform, an independent political group supporting a slate of three reform-minded candidates for Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board seats, was on...

  • LAUSD OK’s English-Hebrew charter school

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 23, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has given a green light to a proposal for a dual-language charter elementary school to be located in Van Nuys offering classes in English and Hebrew. 

    Lashon Academy is the first Hebrew-language charter school to be approved by...

  • Sexual abuse charges against a Hamilton High School teacher could lead to a swift dismissal

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 3, 2012 | 5:35 pm

    A popular music teacher at Hamilton High School is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse.

    For 17 years, Vance Miller taught in the magnet music academy at the public high school, which is located near the Pico-Robertson neighborhood and attracts many Jewish students. Miller,...

  • La Cañada’s young school reformer

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 11, 2012 | 6:49 pm

    It’s easy to conjure up images of the folks pushing education reform in districts where students are obviously struggling.

    Think of Michelle Rhee, the former chancellor of the embattled public schools in Washington, D.C., who instituted reforms like variable pay for teachers...

  • The Education of LAUSD’s Steve Zimmer

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2011 | 6:59 pm

    It’s been dark for almost five hours, the city has slowed, and even the 101 Freeway is sparse and quiet. Steve Zimmer has just wrapped his last appointment, but rushing home seems foolish when a rare sit-down dinner is an option. Most days Zimmer hardly notices how alone he is,...

  • ADL teacher-training class focuses on study of Shoah

    By Celia Soudry

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The atrocities of the Holocaust are difficult enough to understand, let alone teach. But Melissa Mazzei was willing to tackle the challenge with her at-risk teens at West Adams Preparatory High School near downtown Los Angeles.

    "Many of my students have unstable home lives, some of...

  • Middle schools are a tough sell

    By Bill Boyarsky

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The meeting at Daniel Webster Middle School, in the heart of the Westside, embodied all the difficulties of convincing parents that their children will be safe when they leave the cocoon of the public elementary school for the unknown world of middle school.

    "I know this is a scary...

  • Are magnet schools LAUSD’s last hope to keep Anglo kids in the system?

    By Mark Slavkin

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It's not yet clear whether last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision on school desegregation will affect the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), but the questions the decision raises certainly resonate across the Jewish community. In the year 2007, is desegregation still a...
  • Insider, Outsider

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I check in periodically with David Tokofsky, who has represented the Eastside on the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) since 1995, just to find out how long it takes to stop being considered an outsider.

    For a Jewish boy on the Eastside, the answer is: more than two terms....

  • Doctor of the Barrio

    By Beverly Gray

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Julie Korenstein speaks out on environmental matters, she credits her mother, Dr. Pauline Furth, with shaping her own crusading spirit. Korenstein, who represents District 6 on the Los Angeles Unified School District's school board, said that throughout her life her mother has...

  • Toxic Crusaders

    By Beverly Gray

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When Sherman Oaks resident Robina Suwol drove her two sons to school in the Valley March 1998, she didn't know she was about to become a crusader. The events of that morning kicked off a chain of events resulting in the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) new integrated...

  • Educator Q &A: Dr. Stu Bernstein

    By Beverly Gray

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dr. Stu Bernstein has spent 40 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) as an elementary school teacher, principal and cluster administrator for Westside schools. On the occasion of his retirement, he was recently feted by the Association of Jewish Educators, with...

  • What’s the Jewish Stake in LAUSD?

    By Eric Roth

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Helen Burnstein, the former president of the United Teachers of Los Angles, used to argue, "Teachers want what students need." Many Jewish educators and parents feel the same way about Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). "Jews want what LAUSD needs." Educational excellence,...
  • Multiculturalism at Work

    By Beverly Gray

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Among those who care about public education, "multiculturalism" is one of today's favorite buzzwords. But at the Community School, a magnet campus that falls under the auspices of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the concept of multicultural education has been in place for 25...
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