PAL Speaks Up for School Choice in LAUSD

There is a disturbing trend in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to reduce the school choice options for parents. In April, two of the very successful Aspire public charter schools applied for a charter renewal, but was then denied by a majority of the Board Members. Tru

We Can’t Make This Stuff Up!

  I attend many school board meetings and I am sometimes shocked by the behavior of some Board Members. Here is a recent example of some of the strange and frankly underhanded tactics used at board meetings. In May of this year, the Watts Learning Center (WCL) was on the Los Ange

Michelle Rhee of StudentsFirst Stands with PAL

“We know that every child deserves a great education, but too many of our schools are falling short and failing to put our kids first. We are building a movement at StudentsFirst – one that defends the interests of our kids, works for aggressive reform in public schools, a

Parents Matter: Write an Annual Letter to School Administrators

One of the best things about my job is meeting so many parents that have figured out a way to be an advocate for their kids’ education. During a recent parent meeting held in a cozy home in Woodland Hills, we met a Mom that shared a tradition she decided to start to help hold th

A Roadschooling Family Adventure- submitted by PAL Kathleen Deason

“You’re doing what?” “You’re husband’s okay with this?” “How are you going to fund this?”  These are just a few of the questions that I have been asked over the last few months as I slowly and carefully unveil my plans to take my two children, 10 and 5, on the road for a yearlong “Roa

Afterschooling Adventures: General Geography

We absolutely love thoughtful, innovative ways parents integrate learning about the world around us at home. Parents everywhere are engaging in hands-on learning activities to expand upon the textbook lessons shared in the classroom. We invite our PALs to share what works for themR

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan chimes in on Vergara vs. California

“For students in California and every other state, equal opportunities for learning must include the equal opportunity to be taught by a great teacher. The students who brought this lawsuit are, unfortunately, just nine out of millions of young people in America who are disadvan