L.A. teachers union protests Times articles
Hundreds of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers rallied in front of The Times on Tuesday evening, protesting what they said was unfair reporting in recent articles that used a statistical analysis to compare the performances of thousands of elementary school teachers.
The teachers, many of them wearing red union T-shirts, waved placards that said: “Shame on the L.A. Times,” and “We Demand Fair Reporting.”
As organizers shouted in bullhorns and others stood on a podium that had been set up on the sidewalk, the procession marched in a circle in front of the newspaper building on 1st Street.
Among those marching was elementary school teacher Carrie Folker, who was with her her two daughters, ages 5 and 11.
Folker said her name was included in an online database published by The Times that identified roughly 6,000 third-through-fifth grade teachers. The database ranked them by their effectiveness in improving students' scores on standardized math and English tests during a seven-year period.
“There's a whole lot more that goes into educating children beyond a test score,” said Folker, who teaches at Mayberry Elementary School. “My students and my children are more than one test in one day.”
The reports published in The Times used a value-added analysis to compare the teachers.
-- Robert J. Lopez
Video: Teachers rally in front of The Times in downtown Los Angeles . Credit: Robert J. Lopez / Los Angeles Times