More than 120 faculty members at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on Wednesday demanded the ouster of President Laurence Frank, saying his failure to address scandals involving school officials' grade fraud and questionable use of federal funds had caused bitter division and "utter chaos" on campus. Frank, a former L.A. deputy mayor, declined to comment. L.A. Community College District Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez told The Times he retained confidence in Frank and did not plan to remove him. Deirdre Wood McDermott, chairwoman of Trade-Tech's language arts and humanities department, presented a petition of no confidence signed by 127 faculty members at Wednesday's district board meeting. That's about 20% of faculty members but includes more than half the faculty in most academic departments, including English, math, behavioral and social sciences, business and civic engagement, and language arts, she said.
A dispute over the state's parent trigger law and control of a Los Angeles elementary school were resolved Tuesday in a settlement with the L.A. school district and a group representing parents. Under the pact, operations at 20th Street Elementary School will be turned over to the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools this fall. The L.A. Unified School District will give 20th Street some funding for several additions, according to the agreement: a math curriculum that the Partnership is rolling out, an assistant principal for more "instructional and programmatic support," a coordinator for English learners and some discretionary money. The principal, Mario Garcielita, will remain for the 2016-17 school year, and the Partnership and district will decide together whether to keep him after that, according to the agreement. The Partnership's management of the school represents a compromise.
Despite being closed on Sunday, Chick-fil-A is still the third largest fast food chain in the country. Shouldn't a business be able to donate to the cause of their choice? Christopher Hale and Shane Idleman are here to debate this growing religious freedom conflict. A few Kansas University faculty members are not fans of allowing Chick-fil-A to be served on campus because they believe the chain violates "safety and inclusion". The faculty council, filled with "extreme frustration," wants America's favorite restaurant removed from campus for being a "bastion of bigotry" after KU administrators relocated a Chick-fil-A from a basement to "prime real estate" on campus to the Memorial Union.