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Can air purifiers improve students’ academic performance? | Education

A 2015 gas leak that belched toxic chemicals into the air and spread panic may have indirectly led to higher student test scores. In the days after a gas leak was discovered in Aliso Canyon, 30 miles north of Los Angeles, thousands of residents were evacuated from the area, many of whom reported headaches, nausea, stomach aches, dizziness or breathing problems. Students from two nearby schools were relocated and 18 other schools were impacted. The gas field owner, Southern California…

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Areta Hautman obituary | Education

My mother, Areta Hautman, who has died aged 86, was known for her dedication to promoting progressive education. As a governor of the King Alfred school, north London, for 40 years she made a great contribution both to the institution and the book, King Alfred School and the Progressive Movement 1898-1998, by Ron Brooks. Published to mark its centenary in 1998, the book positioned the school within the context of a broader educational, social and political history. A proponent of…

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Leonie Haimson: The Lesson in Los Angeles Strike: Class Size Matters – Education Article

Leonie Haimson has been fighting the battle to reduce class size for many years. She believes that the breaking point for teachers in Los Angeles was the outrageous numbers of children in many classes, in some cases approaching 50 students in a class. Haimson has the research to back up her contention. When students need extra attention, they will not get it if the class has large numbers. She notes the popular refrain among reformers like Arne Duncan that one…

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California schools were once the nation’s envy. What went wrong? | Education

California once had one of the best funded, most envied public education systems in the United States. Now schoolteachers in Los Angeles, who went on strike this week to vent years of frustration, say they struggle with overcrowded classrooms and children whose need for academic support, psychological services and English-language coaching outstrips anything they can provide. Many schools do not have a full-time nurse or counselor. In many of the poorer neighborhoods – in south LA, or the north-eastern San…

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There Are Few Things As Reprehensible as a Scab – Education Article

  There is a special place in Hell for strikebreakers.   Some people kill. Some steal.   But only a filthy, disgusting scab can do all of that in one.   When you take someone else’s job, you’re stealing their bargaining power and killing the community’s chances for their kids.   This week as 30,000 teachers at Los Angeles Unified School District walked out demanding support for their students and their professions, a few slimy worms have crossed the picket…

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Los Angeles: News On the UTLA Strike, Which Begins Tomorrow – Education Article

From the United Teachers of Los Angeles: MEDIA ADVISORYContact: Anna Bakalis, 213-305-9654Kim Turner, 213-305-9316 UTLA Strike Press Advisory * United Teachers Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest teacher union local, with more than 33,000 members and thousands more supporters, is poised to lead one of the largest teacher union strikes in the nation’s history, beginning Monday. * For planning purposes only. Times subject to change, will update media as needed with new info. * UTLA will provide daily strike updates and…

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Los Angeles: Judge Gives Go-Ahead to UTLA Strike – Education Article

The UTLA delayed their possible strike to January 14, while waiting to hear a judge rule on the LAUSD effort to block the strike. The judge gave her okay today. Howard Blume writes in the LA Times: A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge Thursday cleared the path for a Los Angeles teachers’ strike to start Monday. At issue was whether the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, gave a legally required 10-day notice to the school district that its members…

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