Jewish Journal

Beware the Slippery Slope

By  David A. Lehrer

February 13, 2013 | 2:43 pm

MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft. Photo by Lt Col Leslie Pratt/U.S. Air Force/REUTERS.

It isn’t often that within days of each other two news stories on disparate topics---drones and guns-- both highlight a method of analysis on different sides of the political spectrum... read on

  • Higher education summit - Worth a listen

    By  David A. Lehrer

    February 4, 2013 | 3:23 pm

    Last week Community Advocates, in partnership with NPR station KPCC and its Airtalk broadcast, hosted a higher education “summit” with the three leaders of public higher education in California.

    At the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, the panel included Marc... read on

  • A must see program on the future of higher education in California

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 28, 2013 | 4:04 pm

    If you are interested in public higher education and live in California, Thursday night will be right up your alley.
    Community Advocates, in partnership with NPR station KPCC, will present an informative programming involving the three most important figures in public higher... read on

  • Incomprehensible, Again

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 22, 2013 | 3:37 pm

    Last week’s blog described the challenges inherent in attempting to improve under-performing public schools. There are multiple moving parts, no simple answers and no silver bullets to answer the almost irrational burden society places on teachers to magically transform kids from... read on

  • Incomprehensible

    By  David A. Lehrer

    January 17, 2013 | 12:34 pm

    An article in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times demonstrates, once again, how nuanced and challenging the effort to improve our public schools is. There are no panaceas, no silver bullets that can magically solve the problems that plague so many of our schools--the problems seem almost... read on

  • Educational Records Across the Board

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 9, 2012 | 2:47 pm

    This Monday the Pew Research Center released one of its well-researched studies that has a serious message for those willing to listen. Unfortunately, in terms of news coverage, releasing a study the day before a presidential election guarantees that few folks will take note of the... read on

  • Meet Award Winning Broadcasters—-Zavala, Grover, Coleman, Brand, and Muller

    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 8, 2012 | 1:31 pm

    Two distinguished local journalists will be honored next Thursday, November 15th at the Riordan Central Library in Downtown.

    Community Advocates (in conjunction with KNBC 4 Southern California, KCET, the Los Angeles Press Club and theLos Angeles Public Library) will honor KCET’s... read on


    By  David A. Lehrer

    November 2, 2012 | 3:31 pm

    Earlier this week I blogged about the decision of the leaders of United Teachers of Los Angeles (LA Unified’s teachers union) to torpedo the School District’s application for $40 million of federal Race to the Top funds. The funds were to be used to benefit 25,000 students in 35... read on

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