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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 02.19.20
With threats looming to both food stamps and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, providing students with healthy meals never more critical
Children who lack access to healthy food options — at home and in schools — have a more difficult time learning. Kids who are hungry or not well nourished are more likely to have trouble focusing, exhibit behavioral problems, and struggle academically. We see this in classrooms and schools across the country, and for students...
By Kristin Groos Richmond and Cynthia Muller | February 18, 2020
America’s young people don’t vote. In a new book, Professor John Holbein explores what our schools can do to produce better citizens — and maybe even get them into the voting booth
How do you get America’s youngest voters to actually turn out on Election Day? It’s a question that experts have asked for the last half-century, and one that may determine the outcome of the 2020 elections. Abundant survey data indicates that voters under the age of 40 don’t favor the prospect of a second term...
By Kevin Mahnken | February 18, 2020
Remote-controlled high-tech microscope brings cutting-edge science to Tennessee HS. And now, more underserved schools are getting in on it
The world of 4K microscopes is generally limited to high-level research universities. These ultra-high-definition scopes allow for enhanced detail that make a regular microscope look downright analog. But a push by the National Science Foundation and a nonprofit organization called US Ignite is opening 4K science research for under-resourced high schools across the country, bringing...
By Tim Newcomb | February 14, 2020
Analysis: Teacher unions in Oakland and Richmond join United Teachers Los Angeles in endorsing Bernie Sanders
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Two Bay Area teacher union locals followed the lead of United Teachers Los Angeles and endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. The Oakland Education Association (2,605 active members) and United Teachers of Richmond (1,666 active members) issued...
By Mike Antonucci | February 12, 2020
Educators using 2019 diversity report to show districts how they can better support teachers of color
In West Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kimberly Eckert felt as if she had been beating the same drum for years: Teaching is a challenging profession. Being a person of color in the United States is challenging, in a whole different way. Put them together and, for many, the obstacles are insurmountable. Eckert had been tasked with strengthening...
By Bekah McNeel | February 11, 2020
What a Sacramento school leader learned about the value of aligning curriculum, teacher-student expectations and broader supports to help the “whole child”
What’s the secret sauce for academic success? A great teacher? More school funding? At-home support? This is a subject that generates impassioned debate in the halls of government as well as around kitchen tables across the country. Parents often think the key to their child’s academic success lies in which teacher they are assigned to...
By Kari Wehrly | February 10, 2020
Trump budget proposal would merge federal education programs into single block grant, cut billions in school spending
The Trump administration announced a proposal Monday to cut billions of dollars in education aid, in part by merging dozens of federal education initiatives, from charter school expansions to educating homeless children, into a single grant program. The move, which is practically assured not to win House approval, is part of the fiscal 2021 budget proposal...
By Mark Keierleber | February 10, 2020
Inside the quest for better data about how many high school graduates, particularly students from low-income neighborhoods, are going on to achieve college degrees
School districts in high-income neighborhoods assume almost all their graduates will succeed in college. But often, their alumni fall short of expectations. Districts serving students in low-income neighborhoods cite their success in enrolling more students in college. But the number of their students who actually persist to earn degrees can be dismayingly low as well....
By Richard Whitmire | February 10, 2020
Teacher Spotlight: STEM Prep’s Daniel Lieu on removing racial barriers to STEM careers for his students, balancing rigor with caring and sharing snacks
This interview is one in a series spotlighting Los Angeles teachers, their unique and innovative classroom approaches, and their thoughts on how the education system can better support teachers in guiding students to success. Daniel Lieu is just 22 years old but he’s already certain that he chose the right profession as a STEAM teacher,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 5, 2020
Analysis: Who will run UTLA next? A rundown of the candidates, and what sets them apart (or doesn’t)
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. It’s election season — not just for America’s political parties, but for United Teachers Los Angeles. The union mailed ballots to members this week. They will vote by mail or online, with the results to be tabulated Feb. 28. Active members will choose the UTLA...
By Mike Antonucci | February 5, 2020