Update From LA: Pupil Progress, Prop 32, & Board Elections
While all eyes are understandably on Chicago -- and on Election Day -- there are some fascinating and important things going on out West that all involve teachers, teachers unions, and student achievement:
Now that a proposal to limit the use of student achievement in teacher evalautions fell through in Sacramento at the end of the summer, LAUSD and UTLA are back meeting to try and drum up a solution that will satisfy the requirements of the law and the judge in the case of Doe v. Deasy. See Concerns About Teacher Talks.
There's a ballot measure called Prop 32 that would change (limit) the way unions get funding for political campaigns statewide. Pretty much every Democrat in the state opposes it, except DFER's Gloria Romero. The Koch brothers recently gave $4 million to the pro Prop 32 campaign. See Teachers Beef Up Prop 32 Opposition.
Three LAUSD board members spots are up for grabs this coming spring, including a pro-reform member named Monica Garcia who's already gathered $100,000 for the campaign, a swing vote member named Steve Zimmer who is a former TFA classroom teacher who is currently pursuing greater oversight over charter renewals, and a third member Nury Martinez who's leaving to run for City Council. See Candidacy Countdown.