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Books have gone missing from LAUSD libraries that are not staffed with professional librarians, a union rep says.
Nicole Williams February 24, 2014 at 04:34 pm
They're too busy buying iPads at RETAIL prices!!!!When there's a sub, they automatically watch aRead More dvd! My kid could learn MORE at home watching TV than at an LAUSD school. It's so frustrating!!!!!You can't even log onto the Net on a desktop at schools-it's RIDICULOUS!!
Librarygal February 25, 2014 at 06:35 am
As an LAUSD Library Aide since 2000 I have seen a lot of changes. Most of us have been reduced to 3Read More hours a day. A typical day can be up to 6 classes scheduled, primary grades get story time, students come in at the same time to exchange books so they can keep up with the required reading program Accelerated Reader, teachers need guidance to find books which supplement the curriculum, not to mention shelving, putting up monthly displays, etc. We are constantly looking for funding to purchase new books & fun ways to promote the library. It's sad to think about school libraries that have to be closed because there is no Library Aide or Teacher Librarian. I promote the public library daily, but most students do not have the opportunity to go because their parents don't have time to take them. Hopefully things will change so all students may have equal access to the school libraries.
JMarsh February 25, 2014 at 07:14 am
The first elementary school I taught at years ago had a full-time credentialed librarian. She wasRead More wonderful. The library was always in order and open. We had a weekly library visit with our class. If you were studying a topic you could let her know and she would pull a number of grade level books on the subject. She always had featured books on display in the library. They were about holidays, etc. She really made a difference! None of the other schools I taught at had a librarian.
Pupils practice cursive writing. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
Baird Martin November 14, 2013 at 04:32 pm
While I am not a fan of common core, I don't see anything in your analysis that references actualRead More data regarding the killing of the practice. Don't get me wrong, this is a good starting point, however if parents are going to win this war against high stakes testing based education, they are going to have to have hard numbers that items important in the real world, and not some libertarian version of the free market, are indeed falling off the map in favor of other subjects.
jayres November 14, 2013 at 08:06 pm
Cursive isn't Latin, and frankly if your child grows up unable to read and write cursive, peopleRead More will think that he/she was poorly educated. I wouldn't hire an employee who didn't have that ability. If LAUSD ever stops teaching cursive, I'll pull my child out of school and pay for a private school that includes it as an essential part of the curriculum. Did you see the 19 year friend of Trayvon Martin who testified that she couldn't read cursive? Mean people thought she was stupid and compassionate ones felt sorry for her. Both are judgments I refuse to let others pass on my children. My eldest is in first grade and I constantly correct her grammar so that, for similar reasons, she will have the ability to effectively communicate and present herself in the best possible light.
Alex White November 15, 2013 at 10:33 am
I think 12 years of schooling is certainly enough time for even the slowest of students to learn toRead More read and write cursive and also to speak English. And what of mathematics? Let's get rid of math too. We have calculators. And who needs logic? We have computers. And what's with "Jane Eyre" when we could be reading "The Palm Wine Drunkard" and the collected works of Bukowski? And to think, they made me learn Old English and recite Tennyson just to get a lousy BA.
Credit: Roseville Patch
Ernesto October 20, 2013 at 08:32 am
We struggle with this all the time! Too much work for everyone and not enough down time.
Busy Street October 15, 2013 at 10:14 am
does this mean there will be no parking when I get home tonight?
eaglerocker October 15, 2013 at 10:57 am
I sure hope so. Sounds like a really interesting event.
Attorney Gloria Allred, left, with Occidental College professor Caroline Heldman and Occidental students and others at an April news conference on April 18, 2013. (Photo credit: Ajay Singh)
Andrew Hindes September 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm
Does this mean an end to the Dept. of Education investigation, or is that a separate case?
Craig Clough (Editor) September 19, 2013 at 03:28 pm
Hi Andrew, that is a separate case related to the same accusations.
Rudy September 14, 2013 at 06:14 am
Congrats to ER Kiwanis, they are a great group who have served the community for decades. One moreRead More feather in their cap.
saraf3m September 10, 2013 at 01:48 am
I was at the meeting, and they are looking to purchase bigger saplings to replace the smallerRead More saplings that did not survive. A volunteer parent is reworking the irrigation for this project, no comment was made about the time it would take for a sapling to be able to "stop" a car, though a larger sapling may help as a visual deterrent from driving into the school. In all honesty, I'd rather see steel reinforced cement pillars go in with a greenhouse or gardening area for students to learn about plants and agriculture in general - but this would require a different layout request and budgeting/planning stage that would not be approved in the time frame allotted than to simply replace the dead trees.
Tim Ryder September 10, 2013 at 01:51 am
@'eaglerocker' I am a real live human being living and paying taxes here in Eagle Rock while youRead More are nothing but an anonymous psuedoname. If you want to ask this real EagleRocker a question you will have to do it in person so I can verify if you are really an EagleRocker or not. Otherwise you only expose yourself as computer keyboard coward and a worthless blogging troll devoid of any shape, form or purpose except to harass me which I must say is quite an honorable endeavor on your part and a valiant use of your time if I must say so.
eaglerocker September 10, 2013 at 01:58 am
Produce those tax returns, Tim, we'd all like to see them. And when you stop picking on kids,Read More families, and people who want to ride bikes and walk on sidewalks without fear, then I'll stop calling you out on your hypocrisy and prejudice.
El Cid September 1, 2013 at 09:33 am
California State tests need to be proctored by non-invested parties. Otherwise, all tests resultsRead More are considered questionable.