Posts

Showing posts from March, 2009

Why This Teacher Needs Jackie Goldberg on the School Board

Image
As I wind up my 24th year of teaching in Los Angeles classrooms , I pause to think of my past lives in different schools and neighborhoods. While presenting to students in Finland I always included a slide of past eras of my life such as growing up in the Eastside, college and adulthood in the Westside, teaching on the Southside, and married life in the Valley. Apart from being a native Angeleno, significant years of my life have been spent living in many parts of town, and teaching in many communities. I love all of them.

Which is why I have no doubt in my mind that what students all over L.A. need more than anything is an ally on the school board. My South Central students need a warrior who recognizes that our teachers’ strike was more than just a salary dispute, but a movement to reclaim our rightful place as agents of change in the profession we love. One that will help us do our jobs serving students. My West Valley students need a fighter who will challenge our legislators to …

United States Congress Writes Letter About California Stimulus Funds

Twenty-six members of Congress have written to Governor Schwarzenegger and Superintendent O'Connell urging released stimulus funds to be used to SAVE JOBS and REDUCE EDUCATION CUTS, the purpose for which they were intended. It's not too late to call you Board Members and urge them to vote no on item 2 tomorrow and use more of the stimulus to preserve the gains we have all worked so hard to make.

Read the letter by clicking on the link below.

http://www.sacbee.com/static/weblogs/capitolalertlatest/govletter.pdf

A Message From a Teacher in South Central

Dear Superintendent Cortines and LAUSD Board Members,

In the next week, you will be voting on important budget decisions that I am sure have taken their toll on your personal and professional lives. I have no doubt as to the integrity and thoroughness of your decision making process, but as leaders, I'm sure you will agree that the best decisions are made when the greatest amount of data are available to help you decide the most viable course of action.

As CCSS California Teacher of the Year 2009, I wish to share the data from my school, Los Angeles Academy Middle School, located in South Central Los Angeles.

Three years ago, the Jefferson family of schools was plagued by race-riots, student walkouts, and disturbingly low academic performance. Our school experienced the impact of the turmoil in the local high school, but made significant efforts to distinguish ourselves as academic leaders in our community. We targeted the issue of teacher turnover that peaked at a high of 35 teac…

Join South Central Teachers In Preserving Our Educational Community

As you may know, South Central schools have been hit hardest with the proposed LAUSD layoffs. If you are here, its because you are interested in making your voice heard against the devastating proposals to carry out 40% of all Reductions in Force in South L.A. schools.



If you want to help:



Leafleting

L.A. Academy conducted educational leafleting to parents on Friday morning, March 27th, from 6:45 am to 7:30 am. We plan to continue leafleting every Friday until further notice. Please consider doing the same at your school. Links to flyers you can download and share are posted to this blog.



One Day Strike

The UTLA House of Representatives will be voting on whether to proceed with a one day strike in May. Encourage all UTLA members at your school to support this strike vote, and to participate in the strike.



Phone Calls

Call the school board, call your legislators and tell them to use more of the federal stimulus funds to avert layoffs.


Contact the MediaThe public is NOT AWARE about the impendin…