Kobe put up 40 last night. Also in Tinseltown:
For seven years, LA Unified has paid Matthew Kim a teaching salary of up to $68,000 per year, plus benefits. His job is to do nothing. About 160 instructors and others get salaries for doing nothing while their job fitness is reviewed. They collect roughly $10 million a year.
Mr. Kim’s side of the story here.
Long Steve Barr/Green Dot profile in the New Yorker. Delicious reading.
“I don’t want to blow up L.A.U.S.D.’s ass. But what will it take to get this system to serve who they need to serve? It’s going to take that kind of aggressiveness.”
“There’s this cult around charter schools. They’re not even close to being the answer.”
and, per this, about Green Dot’s takeover of Locke:
“When I (the reporter) wandered around campus during lunch periods and between classes, looking for disgruntled kids, I never found any. “The whole atmosphere is different,” a Latino boy, sketching graffiti in a notebook, said. ‘The teachers pay more attention to you.'”
—Guestblogger Mike Goldstein