November 6 | Los Angeles Times

A disparate alliance called Don't Hold Us Back is calling on L.A. Unified and the teachers union to lay down their weapons in contract negotiations and hammer out some big-ticket reforms.

By Steve Lopez

Six million, give or take. That's how many children are in public school in California.

Arguably, we won't have a strong economic recovery if they don't get a good education.

But boy, do the grown-ups love to muck things up for the kids.

Politics, ego, endless skirmishes between school districts and teacher unions -- it all gets in the way of the kids' best interests...

...But in Los Angeles, the status quo is under attack.

Parents and education advocates are suing L.A. Unified in an effort to enforce an overlooked state law that requires teacher and principal evaluations to be linked to student achievement...

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