| Mar 27, 2013
| 8:30 AM
If you're a registered voter in Burbank, chances are you've recieved one or more mailers supporting certain school board candidates from political action committees backed by StudentsFirst.
The L.A. Times has a profile out today on Michelle Rhee,...
| Mar 28, 2013
| 5:28 PM
Glendale Unified school board candidates are a very polite bunch.
I am convinced, in fact, that our local education race might be the last bastion of civilized discourse in American politics. Two months of campaigning has seen a string of cordial forums...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 12:03 PM
In the course of reporting a story about Michelle Rhee, the controversial former District of Columbia chancellor seeking to take her brand of education reform to statehouses across the country, the Los Angeles Times asked her spokeswoman a simple...
| Apr 3, 2013
| 12:23 PM
A similar bill, officially a "parent empowerment" measure, was narrowly defeated last year in the Legislature. This year's version is as divisive as 2012's,
The bill has the backing of influential lawmakers and influential education reform groups,...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 11:36 PM
Charlene Tabet, who benefited mightily from outside spending in the Burbank Unified school board race, handily won a seat Tuesday, joining incumbent Larry Applebaum as the two top vote-getters.
Of the 11,123 ballots cast, Applebaum claimed 5,858 while...
| May 7, 2013
| 11:56 AM
The reverberations from the departure of Baltimore schools CEO Andrés Alonso will be felt nationally as well as locally. Six years ago, I was a member of the Baltimore school board that hired him. Our risky vision was to try to recruit a game-changer...
| Jul 12, 2013
| 6:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Ian Calderon's introduction to the family business began at the ripe age of 1.
His dad, Charles Calderon, then a state senator, staged a carnival for his son's birthday at their Montebello home in 1986. The senator used $2,000 in...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 11:25 AM
Burbank marked a busy, busy year in 2013. The City Council welcomed a new member and ushered out a five-term councilman. Many of the top positions in city government — police chief, fire chief and city manager — were either hired or had...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 12:50 PM
Florida ranked high on an education policy report card issued today by StudentsFirst, the advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee. The Sunshine State earned a B- on the report card, behind only Louisiana, which did just slightly better.
| Nov 6, 2013
| 7:47 AM
StudentsFirst, the education advocacy group founded by Michelle Rhee, said today it is "ramping up" its work in Florida by adding new staff members. In the past two years, the group pushed hard, and ultimately unsuccessfully, for state lawmakers to...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:43 PM
Ted Rall's Feb. 6 blog post and cartoon, "Stop tenure tyranny and show some love for our hardworking teachers," is long on demagoguery and little else. Even the title of the piece misses the mark.
Contrary to what Rall writes, teachers in California's...