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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 08.21.19
America divided: Public support for charter schools is growing — but so is opposition, new poll finds
This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data. Go Deeper: See our full series. Public opinion on charter schools has grown polarized as the number of people who either support or oppose the schools has increased, according to a new...
By Mark Keierleber | August 20, 2019
Ashton: While 5G is coming to our cell phones, our schools are stuck in 2G. 3 ways to help give our kids a cutting-edge education
The newest craze in tech is 5G wireless speeds. All the major carriers are racing to be the first to upgrade their coverage speed, investing up to $1 trillion to develop infrastructure for nationwide 5G by 2020. But while our nation focuses on developing cutting-edge cell speed, we’re leaving behind a far more important need: preparing our...
By Mashea Ashton | August 19, 2019
Big promises, big data: Is the SAT’s new ‘environmental context’ score a tool to personalize college admissions, or another impersonal data point?
It’s college-touring season at my house, and I am a goopy mess. I’m a total sucker for all of it. The unblemished idealism of the day. The bright new horizon revealed by each literal door the student tour guide opens. Even the obligatory lunch in the dining hall, where I try not to think about...
By Beth Hawkins | August 19, 2019
Analysis: California Teachers Association’s claims of new membership don’t add up
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Last week, we reported the news that the California Faculty Association, representing 19,000 employees of the California State University system, suddenly decided to drop its affiliation with both the California Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Everyone involved is being very close-mouthed about the...
By Mike Antonucci | August 14, 2019
Teacher Spotlight: Alliance’s Molly Carmody on how a companion dog is bringing emotional support to her students and breaking down learning barriers in her special education classroom
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. Early in her career as a special education teacher, Molly Carmody knew her most vulnerable students needed additional support in the classroom....
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 14, 2019
Schools keep punishing girls — especially students of color — who report sexual assaults, and the Trump administration’s Title IX reforms won’t stop it
This article was produced in partnership with The74Million.org Early in the morning on Nov. 7, 2017, a teacher noticed a 14-year-old girl crying in the hallway at Carol City High School in Miami-Dade County. The girl, who was later referred to in court papers as Jane Doe, reportedly told the teacher, “I think I was...
By Tyler Kingkade | August 14, 2019
Kahlenberg: School segregation isn’t a big issue in L.A. — but it should be. N.Y. and Chicago are working to integrate their schools, and L.A. should, too. Gonez’s proposal is a good first step
In the first Democratic presidential debate, the dispute between Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris over school desegregation pivoted to California. On the defensive for his past opposition to mandatory busing, Biden noted that as California’s attorney general, Harris did nothing to desegregate the state’s schools. The same could be said of most...
By Richard Kahlenberg | August 12, 2019
‘Nudging’ students to college matriculation: How KIPP schools are using text messages to combat summer melt and ensure alumni make it to their first day on campus
While cell phones in the classroom can detract from student learning, one school program is taking advantage of the fact that a generation of digital natives can’t stay off their phones. KIPP Public Charter Schools, a national charter school network of more than 200 schools, rolled out the National Nudge Texting Pilot this summer. The...
By Lauren Costantino | August 12, 2019
Teacher Spotlight: Mendez High’s Alicia Morris on her ‘Computer Science for All’ initiative and letting innovation take place by ‘not being so risk-averse’
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. Alicia Morris’s career as a production auditor in Hollywood was in full swing when she became a parent and decided to switch...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 7, 2019
Antonucci: 19,000 state university faculty members withdraw from California Teachers Association
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. The California Faculty Association, which represents some 19,000 employees of the California State University system, abruptly ended its affiliation with both the California Teachers Association and National Education Association, a relationship that began in 1981. It was by far the largest secession of a union...
By Mike Antonucci | August 7, 2019