Only one fourth-grader at a school in California can read at grade level; now a lawsuit claiming the state is violating students’ ‘constitutional right to literacy’ is on verge of moving to trial
LA parent voice: ‘It’s time that schools really support LGBTQ students’
Senate confirms Los Angeles reform advocate Jim Blew in narrow vote, rounding out Ed Dept’s K-12 team
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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 07.19.18
Analysis: UTLA attempts to move American Federation of Teachers to the left
Last week we highlighted how the California Teachers Association and its largest local affiliate, United Teachers Los Angeles, wield a disproportionate amount of power over the policies of their parent union, the National Education Association. UTLA is also affiliated with the smaller of the two national teacher unions, the American Federation of Teachers. AFT just...
By Mike Antonucci | July 17, 2018
Los Angeles education advocate Jim Blew is confirmed as assistant secretary in U.S. Dept. of Education
Los Angeles’s Jim Blew was confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as the Department of Education’s assistant secretary for planning, evaluation, and policy development. The vote was 50-49. He was nominated last September. Blew, who was educated in LA Unified schools, has been serving as the acting secretary of the department’s office of innovation and improvement....
By Laura Greanias | July 17, 2018
Anxiety looms for thousands of migrant teachers as Trump administration pushes ‘zero tolerance’ enforcement of visa program
Pedro Terán knew what he was getting into. Terán, 33, was living in Saltillo, Mexico, two years ago when his sister posted an ad on Facebook that said the Dallas Independent School District was looking for teachers. The district had sent recruiters to Monterrey, about an hour from Terán’s home, to find educators to help...
By Mario Koran | July 16, 2018
How a Los Angeles school board member teamed up with SpaceX & Elon Musk to test a mini-sub for the Thailand soccer team’s rescue
Updated July 12 Water levels were rising dangerously high and time was running out to rescue a team of soccer boys and their coach who had been trapped for two weeks in a Thailand cave. Thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Elon Musk, the famed founder of the SpaceX rocket company, and his crew...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 12, 2018
5 things to know about California’s final ESSA plan following a year of discussion & debate surrounding the Golden State’s schools
*UPDATE: California’s ESSA plan was approved on July 12, the day after it was submitted. After nearly a year of discussion and three rounds of revisions, California’s Board of Education on Wednesday approved its final version of its state accountability plan known as ESSA, to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Here are...
By Mario Koran | July 11, 2018
LAUSD board won’t back a parcel tax this year
At Tuesday’s annual meeting of the LA Unified school board, Mónica García was elected to another term as president and a proposed parcel tax that would have generated $500 million a year for the cash-strapped district failed to garner enough support to make the November ballot. After a lengthy discussion — during which some board...
By Mario Koran | July 10, 2018