| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:59 PM
When he arrived at one of Los Angeles' preeminent private high schools seven years ago, baseball coach Matt LaCour knew how to win. He had a CIF championship under his belt.
But the self-described "public school kid" was now at Harvard-Westlake School,...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 3:10 PM
The story of Los Angeles schools' misbegotten $1-billion program to equip all its students with iPads for students continues to get worse.
The latest news, as reported by my colleague Howard Blume, is that the price of the devices turns out to be higher...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:28 PM
The Los Angeles Unified School District has lost a key round in a legal battle to keep the performance ratings of individual teachers confidential.
The 2nd District Court of Appeal declined this week to consider the case after a lower court ordered...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 7:29 AM
Join Times staff writer Howard Blume for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 9 a.m. about L.A. Unified's ideas to move forward with a trimmed-down iPad plan.
The iPads have been highly controversial and the latest news — that the Board of Education...
| Nov 14, 2013
How do you measure school quality?
For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with...
| Nov 17, 2013
Re "How to grade public schools," Opinion, Nov. 14
Jack Schneider discusses the inherent problems with the interpretation of test results.
During my career in higher education, I did a survey analyzing a plethora of studies that attempted to determine...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:43 PM
Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte was for the last several years on the losing side of the Los Angeles Unified school board. Her strong alliance with United Teachers Los Angeles and her dislike of most charter schools and of various reform efforts were at...
| Dec 9, 2013
The standardized tests known as the Program for International Student Assessment are considered so important that when the latest results were released last week, the U.S. Department of Education participated in a so-called PISA Day.
The leaders of...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 6:37 PM
Los Angeles Unified School District officials have delayed Tuesday's scheduled vote on the next phase of a $1-billion effort to provide iPads to every student, teacher and school administrator.
The vote had already been delayed a week with the...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 2:58 PM
Louis C.K. railed against smartphones on Thursday’s “Conan,” arguing that our mobile devices are getting in the way of our capacity to feel emotion and empathy.
Sure, we may text our friends more than we may ever have called them in...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 7:58 AM
Join us at 9 a.m. when we talk with Times reporter Howard Blume about five Los Angeles County schools stripped of state standardized test scores after claims that teachers helped students cheat, among other alleged misconduct.
Details about the...