Analysis: California’s state budget has big benefits for teachers union, stifles charter schools and funds phantom students
Open letter: Distance learning failed too many LAUSD kids in the spring. Parents expect better this fall.
To test, or not to test: Students missed a lot of learning this spring, but experts disagree on how — or even whether — to measure ‘COVID slide’
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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 02.26.20
Amid pandemic downturn, new research shows Great Recession hurt student test scores, widened achievement gaps & reduced college attendance
Despite a boost from federal stimulus funds, drops in state funding for education during the Great Recession effectively ended a 50-year upward trend in national reading and math scores, according to a paper appearing Tuesday in the journal Education Next. A $1,000 cut in per-pupil spending also led to a decline in the college enrollment...
By Linda Jacobson | August 5, 2020
Will ‘free college’ survive COVID-19? How the pandemic could devastate college promise programs — and why the November election might be their only hope
Timari Ray, who recently finished her first year at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee, says she probably wouldn’t be able to afford higher education without the Tennessee Promise, which in 2014 made community college free for most students in the state. Thanks to the Promise, she’s planning to transfer to the University of...
By Laura Fay | August 4, 2020
New study reveals ‘devastating learning loss’ for youngest children, showing that preschool participation has fallen by half during pandemic — and may not improve in the fall
Preschool participation has fallen by half during the pandemic, according to new data from the National Institute for Early Education Research. And even with early educators’ efforts to connect with students remotely, few families have remained consistently involved. This “massive reduction in preschool attendance,” the report shows, affected all families regardless of race or ethnicity, parents’ educational...
By Linda Jacobson | August 3, 2020
Parents (and lawyers) say distance learning failed too many special education students. As fall approaches, families wonder if their children will lose another school year
Georgianna Kelman’s phone doesn’t stop ringing nowadays. A special education attorney in Los Angeles, Kelman currently represents 60 families in southern California with complaints that their children didn’t receive services they were entitled to when schools closed in the spring. “I can only imagine the bottleneck of litigation that is coming,” Kelman said. “I have...
By Linda Jacobson | July 30, 2020
Plushie power: How a set of stuffies is helping youngsters in managing their emotions & aiding teachers in preserving SEL amid a pandemic
In May 2018, first-graders at George Peabody Elementary School in San Francisco sat cross-legged around the perimeter of a rectangular rug, each slightly swaying and bouncing like an electron held in place by a nucleus’s positive force. It’s hard to say what the main attraction was: Kristine Keane, the school social worker whose eyes narrow...
By Gail Cornwall | July 29, 2020
Lewis: Students returning to school this fall will face a new, changed reality. 1 way to help — start classes later so they can get more sleep
Schools are still determining what changes they’ll need to make before reopening in the fall. Some, like LAUSD and San Diego Unified, have already determined they’ll remain online only for now, while others are still grappling with the complexities involved: How will they ensure social distancing in the classroom? Will face masks be required? What about...
By Lisa L. Lewis | July 28, 2020
Board candidate Tanya Ortiz Franklin: With less than a month to go before school reopens for remote-only learning, LA Unified needs to act now to prioritize students’ needs
While we are all wading through the uncharted waters of a global pandemic interlaced with a racial justice uprising, one thing is clear — the clock is ticking towards back to school. Last week, Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, announced what many had predicted: that because of the surge in coronavirus...
By Tanya Ortiz Franklin | July 27, 2020
Fourth-graders’ tips for learning online: Go to bed early. Plug in your laptop. Try to find a quiet place to get focused. Don’t get frustrated
A version of this essay originally appeared on the KIPP.NJ blog. Remote learning is not what I signed on for when I became a teacher. The physical distance makes it very difficult for me to be there for my kids. But while this is an unpredictable and stressful time for everyone, helping students create new routines...
By Amanda Geiger | July 23, 2020
New study does not find stark differences in how district, charter and private schools responded to COVID-19 crisis
The nation’s K-12 schools reacted to the disruption of COVID-19 in broadly similar ways regardless of whether they were district, charter or private, according to new research released Monday. In general, traditional public schools did not lag behind charters or private schools, except for a few days near the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis when...
By Kevin Mahnken | July 22, 2020
How LA’s virtual ‘Summer of Learning’ hopes to help students avoid COVID slide — with a little help from NASA, ‘Titanic’ and ‘Despicable Me’
As summer approached, Ruthie Seroussi of Los Angeles began to worry about how to occupy her young sons. Even remote learning offered a structure to the day, but with summer camps cancelled, she dreaded battles over the TV and Xbox. She and her husband are both attorneys, but he works in an office while she...
By Julie Halpert | July 21, 2020