‘The numbers are ugly’: Chronic absenteeism among California elementary students could be surging by more than 200 percent
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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 11.02.20
Analysis: Lesson from the state of Louisiana — if your student privacy laws are making kids go hungry, there’s a problem
There’s no denying the importance of keeping students’ personal information private and protected. But what if a state’s data privacy laws are so restrictive that they’re literally taking food out of children’s mouths? This is exactly what’s been happening in Louisiana, which until recently was the only state that had not automatically administered Pandemic Electronic...
By Paige Kowalski | December 3, 2020
As first lady, Jill Biden to ‘bring a lot more power’ to helping students in military families
Educators might be excited to have one of their own in the White House next month, but there’s another constituency that future first lady Jill Biden is planning to highlight as part of her work in the administration. “You are going to have a military family back in the White House,” she told families of...
By Linda Jacobson | December 2, 2020
As California’s new charter law takes effect, schools bracing for shutdowns could win a reprieve from pandemic
Last year, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new charter school law intended to settle a longstanding feud between charter operators and those calling for tighter restrictions on their growth. Known as Assembly Bill 1505, the compromise between charters and the teachers union gave local districts the authority to consider whether the opening of a...
By Linda Jacobson | November 24, 2020
Drive-thru Thanksgiving: CA district offers immunizations, groceries and turkeys to more than 200 students
More than 200 students in one California district received turkeys, groceries and their required school immunizations at a drive-thru clinic last week. With Thanksgiving looming, the event for West Contra Costa Unified School District families in Richmond, California, on Thursday attempted to solve two problems at once — many families in the district are vulnerable to...
By Laura Fay | November 23, 2020
Analysis: The path to universal COVID-19 testing in schools — what the government and states can do now in preparation for the 2021 surge
Despite the availability of new COVID-19 tests that are faster and more cost-effective, significant barriers to universal testing in schools remain. To date, the absence of quality COVID-19 tests has forced superintendents and principals to rely on a combination of masking, screening for symptoms, social distancing and good hygiene practices. Although testing has always been...
By Mario Ramirez and Andrew Buher | November 23, 2020
Analysis: Schools need help bringing special-needs kids back to class. If they can’t, here are 3 paths for supporting learning online
Since COVID-19 upended American life, story after story has highlighted students with disabilities falling behind and families bringing lawsuits to force schools to serve students with special needs. Schools struggle to consistently engage students with disabilities in distance learning, and attendance is often lower for these students than for any others. Virtual learning, by and large, is not working for students...
By Ashley LiBetti | November 19, 2020
Dear Future Me: For 26 years, NJ teacher had his 6th-graders write letters to their future selves. This year he got to see them opened
New Jersey this year missed out on prom, college tours, and the usual pomp and circumstance of graduation because of the pandemic. But thanks to a devoted local middle school teacher, these 12th-graders retained one rite of passage very unique to their suburban town: reading a letter from their sixth-grade selves that took them back...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | November 18, 2020
Makeup of Senate means Biden will likely lack votes and ‘big buckets of funding’ for expansive education agenda
President-elect Joe Biden might have won the White House, but his expansive education plan will soon hit a Congress that has far fewer Democrats than envisioned under the “Blue Wave” forecast prior to the election. Democrats’ hopes for flipping the Senate now largely depend on capturing two seats in Georgia that won’t be decided until...
By Linda Jacobson | November 17, 2020
With defeat of California’s ‘split roll’ tax, advocates wonder how to increase educational equity
Californians have long complained that the state doesn’t adequately fund education. But last week, they still opted not to amend a 40-year-old property tax formula that could have added roughly $4 billion a year to the state’s education budget. Proposition 15 divided the state in half, with official results released Wednesday showing it fell 51.8...
By Linda Jacobson | November 12, 2020
Analysis: California gives districts extra money for highest-needs students. But it doesn’t always get to the highest-needs schools
Under California’s Local Control Funding Formula, the San Diego Unified School District’s highest-needs schools generated $1,468 more per student in 2016-17 than the average amount generated across all district schools. Yet, according to our new study, once that money passed through the district, those same neediest schools wound up receiving $127 less per student than the...
By Katie Silberstein and Marguerite Roza | November 12, 2020