| Sep 12, 2012
| 9:36 AM
The Windy City is engulfed in a stormy teachers' strike that has gathered front-page national attention. But will it turn out to be just more hot air in the national debate over school reform?
I'm afraid so, even though the issues at stake in Chicago are...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 6:54 AM
Outraged education, community and political leaders have called for increased oversight of spending in the Baltimore City school system, amid revelations that about $500,000 was spent to upgrade offices at the district headquarters while city and state...
| Aug 21, 2010
| 2:33 PM
The Los Angeles Unified School District will ask labor unions to adopt a new approach to teacher evaluations that would judge instructors partly by their ability to raise students' test scores -- a sudden and fundamental change in how the nation's second-...
| Sep 19, 2010
Ordinarily, when someone cancels his subscription and organizes a protest outside The Times, I don't go and knock on his door to talk him into subscribing again. But I have a soft spot for A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, and I know...
| Oct 18, 2009
For The Record Los Angeles Times Tuesday, October 20, 2009 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 4 National Desk 1 inches; 37 words Type of Material: Correction Teacher evaluations: An article in some editions of Sunday's Section A about evaluating teacher...
| Aug 19, 2010
The head of the American Federation of Teachers said Wednesday that she believed parents have a right to know how well their children's teachers are rated on employee evaluations, but strongly disagreed with The Times' decision to publish data showing how...
| Aug 21, 2010
The head of the Los Angeles teachers union said Saturday that he has accepted city school district officials' proposal to reopen negotiations over teacher evaluations but stopped short of saying whether a method tying teacher reviews to their students'...
| Aug 30, 2010
National and local teachers unions sharply criticized The Times on Sunday when the newspaper published a database of about 6,000 third- through fifth-grade city school teachers ranked by their effectiveness in raising student test scores.
"It is the...
| Dec 11, 2008
Teachers unions have guarded the right to tenure with great devotion and tenacity. But with the head of Washington's school district pushing for at least a timeout on tenure, and the head of the American Federation of Teachers willing to put the issue...
| Jul 31, 2009
California's master plan for higher education, the product of an era of seemingly limitless opportunity, was nearly 30 years old when Nicolette Lafranchi was born in 1988. By the time she turned 20 last year, the plan was working well for her, just as...
| Oct 18, 2009
When Terry Grier was hired to run the San Diego Unified School District in January 2008, he hoped to bring with him a revolutionary tool that had never been tried in a large California school system.
Its name -- "value-added" -- sounded innocuous enough....