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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 04.17.19
Antonucci: Los Angeles unions open campaign spigots for special elections
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Campaign season came a little early in Los Angeles this year, with the open District 5 school board seat and Measure EE, the parcel tax proposal to fund city schools. United Teachers Los Angeles is devoting its sizable war chest to these elections, and its union allies...
By Mike Antonucci | April 16, 2019
Commentary: Are Los Angeles high school students ready for tomorrow’s job market?
Southern California’s job market is hot right now. But unless something changes, many Los Angeles-area high school students won’t be ready for it when they graduate — especially if they don’t go on to earn a bachelor’s degree — which many of them won’t. For as long as anyone can remember, American high schools have mostly failed to provide...
By Cameron Sublett and David Griffith | April 15, 2019
CTE classes are popular, but only 25% of students take courses that could lead to the nation’s biggest industries, new study finds
Business, marketing, tourism and manufacturing make up more than half of U.S. jobs — but students in high school probably don’t know that. Only one-quarter of the career and technical education classes students take are focused on these industries, according to a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C....
By Kate Stringer | April 15, 2019
Whether through texts or apps, schools are using technology to get the message out to students’ families
Heejae Lim, founder of TalkingPoints, an app that translates text messages from educators into a parent’s home language, likes to tell a story of a San Francisco middle school principal. The administrator wanted to connect with the parents of a Spanish-speaking student at risk of failing. He tried visiting the family at home twice, to no...
By Tim Newcomb | April 15, 2019
With LAUSD’s number of homeless students jumping by more than 1,000 since November, local and state response grows
In just the last five months, L.A. Unified’s number of homeless students has climbed by more than a thousand. The district has identified 17,494 homeless students as of Tuesday — up from about 16,200 students reported in November and about 17,280 reported one month ago, according to data provided by school board member Kelly Gonez. The...
By Taylor Swaak | April 10, 2019
Expanding the community college to university pipeline: Why more elite schools like UCLA are embracing transfers and the 15,000 students graduating each year with 3.7 GPAs
This is an excerpt from the new Richard Whitmire book The B.A. Breakthrough: How Ending Diploma Disparities Can Change the Face of America. See more excerpts, profiles, commentaries, videos and additional data behind the book at The74Million.org/Breakthrough. Standing outside a lecture hall on a hot August Tuesday here at the University of California, Los Angeles,...
By Richard Whitmire | April 9, 2019
Antonucci: Is the Sacramento teacher strike legal, and will it open the floodgates to new strikes, even re-upping them in L.A. and Oakland?
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Another California school district in financial crisis is facing a teacher strike, but Thursday’s one-day walkout in Sacramento is something different than what we’ve seen so far this year, and it might not be legal. But that’s not stopping the Sacramento City Teachers Association from hinting at...
By Mike Antonucci | April 9, 2019
‘Frustrating and disappointing’ — how parents feel about LAUSD’s new school accountability tool
*Updated April 9 L.A. Unified’s newest way to share information about how students and their schools are performing is coming up short for parents who find the online site “very frustrating and disappointing.” Last fall, the district launched its Open Data Portal, a school accountability site with data about academic performance, graduation and college-going rates,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 8, 2019
Redrawing NCAA brackets for income mobility: If the 2019 tournament was about moving students up the economic ladder, we’d all be celebrating Villanova & UC Irvine
Once again, March Madness builds to a crescendo this weekend, with the “Final Four” basketball bouts set to dominate the Saturday spotlight. For many sports fans, this is an excellent time to debate what it takes to be a winner on the court — but for those of us focused on the country’s schools and...
By Jorge Klor de Alva | April 3, 2019
New numbers show low-income alumni of KIPP schools are graduating college at 3-4 times the national average; alumni of Alliance, Aspire & Green Dot schools also above average
A fresh look at the college success records at KIPP and other major charter networks serving low-income students shows alumni earning bachelor’s degrees at rates up to four times higher than the 11 percent rate expected for that student population. The ability of the high-performing networks to make good on the promise their founders made...
By Richard Whitmire | April 2, 2019