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Two briefs filed this week allege LAUSD needs to include student progress as part of teacher evaluations.
Two briefs were filed this week in a Los Angeles County Superior Court case that alleges the Los Angeles Unified School District is violating a state law requiring student progress be included in teacher evaluations.
“By failing to assess teachers and administrators based on the progress of pupils and including that assessment as part of the annual evaluation, the LAUSD annually fails in its statutory obligations to the hundreds of thousands of children, their parents and guardians, taxpayers and the community it is responsible to serve,” states a brief by lawyers representing seven unnamed parents.
The suit, filed in November by the Sacramento-based nonprofit Ed Voice on behalf of the parents, is set to go to trial in June.
At its core is the more than 40-year-old “Stull Act,” which requires school districts “evaluate and assess certificated employee performance as it reasonably relates to the progress of pupils” on standards established by the district of expected achievement in each subject area at each grade level.
Outside an emergency meeting called by the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to discuss the two-tier pricing plan. These demonstrators say they support the decision to raise tuition on some courses, saying it's the only way to keep the doors open.
Some Santa Monica College Board members said after today's emergency meeting that they were between a rock and a hard place fiscally speaking, but while it took three hours to accomplish, the Board voted unanimously Friday to postpone its two-tiered course pricing plan until further review. The Santa Monica College trustees wanted to ensure that, unlike Tuesday’s raucous meeting, everyone had a turn at the microphone.
It seemed that many trustees were reluctant to do it, but all six in the room voted to pause the program that would offer 50 of the college’s most popular and crowded classes this summer at nearly five times the usual cost.
Although he voted against launching the program this summer, trustee Rob Rader does support the principle behind it.
"I think the program has so much going for it," Rader said. "It’s intended to be a Robin Hood program, not a a program that’s more classist and reinforces classist discrimination. It’s meant to be one that supports equity."
About 30 students were pepper sprayed by campus police while protesting a new two-tier pricing plan for courses at a Santa Monica College Board of Trustees meeting.
Santa Monica trustees voted today to put a hold on their controversial plan to offer a two-tiered pricing structure for classes. The plan would have called for bumping the costs of some popular courses nearly five-fold.
SMC professor says class cost increases are like abortion. Nobody's for it but sometimes it's necessary.
— Vanessa Romo (@vanromo) April 6, 2012
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United Farm Workers icon Dolores Huerta among 500 people who attended White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Los Angeles.
Federal Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other public officials helped convene one-day White House Hispanic Community Action Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday.
After Salazar and the other officials offered opening remarks, nearly 500 people picked one of 14 breakout sessions on topics that ranged from education and nutrition to veterans issues. The topic at table one was “Building Communication among Latino Organizations.” Civil rights leader Dolores Huerta was one of the first to comment about the topic. “The Latino caucus in Sacramento, we do not have any champions for education in the caucus, who knew that?” She said.
Other participants included L.A. County area educators, environmental activists, arts leaders, and L.A. City Hall staffers. They all wore nametags labeled “stakeholder.” Across the auditorium, people at table eight talked about “Support and Programming for English Learners.” L.A. Unified theater teacher Suzanne Nichols told about three-dozen people about her strategies to reach Latino students.
“I invite all of my parents to see their kids perform because it gives me an opportunity to talk to them about what their kids are learning, and it gives us that home – school connection that many of us talk about is missing, and then the parents feel welcomed into a school, they don’t feel like, ‘Oh just have to drop my child off and leave,’” she said.
Two college students were injured after getting pepper sprayed while rallying at a Board of Trustees meeting at Santa Monica College.
The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees will hold an emergency public meeting at 10:30 a.m. Friday to discuss California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott's request that the college put on hold its plan to offer a new tier of higher-cost courses this summer.
Scott called Santa Monica College President Chui L. Tsang Wednesday to make the request after students were pepper sprayed by campus police at a Board of Trustees meeting the night prior while protesting the plan.
The incident is under investigation by campus officials.