LAUSD communities affected by Tuesday jet fuel drop return to school, but questions and anger remain
Analysis: Four years ago, UTLA increased its member dues by 33 percent. What did the union do with the money?
Teacher Spotlight: Berendo’s Daisy Lazaro on helping students facing mental health crises and adverse life events while destigmatizing mental health issues for her school community
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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 01.17.20
Powell & Ragsdale: As parents of public school students, we tried to run for school board but were blocked. It’s time to change the system and stop shutting out families
For the last four years, not one member of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has been the parent of school-aged children. Although having kids shouldn’t be a prerequisite for holding this office, the complete absence of district parents means a crucial voice is being left out of the process. This is...
By Tunette Powell and Kenchy Ragsdale | January 13, 2020
Teacher Spotlight: Ednovate’s Kyle Perez-Robinson on mentoring 19 girls through all 4 years of high school, breaking down barriers for future Latina scientists and missing her students over summer break
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. Having the privilege of receiving abundant support from teachers and family throughout her life, Kyle Perez-Robinson thought it was her duty...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 8, 2020
Analysis: With school revenues at record highs, why are California districts facing insolvency? Auditor offers a case study in Sacramento
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. California State Auditor Elaine Howle can’t be making too many friends among the state’s education policy establishment. After releasing a report concluding that the state’s system for financing public education “has not ensured that funding is benefiting intended student groups and closing achievement gaps,” Howle...
By Mike Antonucci | January 8, 2020
Aylesworth: We’re teaching STEM wrong — but any teacher can do it right. It’s about trial and error, doing things & watching them not work
In almost every school program, every teacher is teaching STEM in one way or another. Not just because it’s a hot topic or because of the down-the-road career opportunities for students; educators mix science, technology, engineering and math with just about everything because of its clear value to learning itself. Many even sneak the artsy...
By Hilary Aylesworth | January 7, 2020
Remembering LA parent leader whose example inspired families across the country seeking integrated schools
The first time Courtney Everts Mykytyn and I spoke, we almost didn’t get around to talking about schools. I was trying to interview her for an Atlantic Monthly article I was writing about privileged families hoarding access to dual language immersion programs. But we couldn’t stop talking about our kids. Hers were about a decade...
By Conor Williams | January 6, 2020
New numbers show more colleges using high school grades, not just standardized tests, to determine if students require remedial coursework
For advocates, change hardly happens fast enough. But over a five-year period, a key barrier to the success of many college students has eroded considerably, opening up the door for thousands of new students to progress through college at higher rates. The share of community colleges and four-year public universities that have started to use...
By Mikhail Zinshteyn | January 6, 2020
The most memorable education articles of 2019: Our top 10 stories about Los Angeles classrooms, students and school policies from the past year
From strikes to financial woes to inspiring educators and shifting graduation requirements, it was a busy year at LA School Report, charting the course of the country’s second-largest school district. As we turn the page on a new year, a quick look back at the 10 stories that resonated most with readers across California in...
By LA School Report | January 2, 2020
“If we don’t fight for our children, who else is going to do it?” Charter advocates to continue Democratic debate protests Thursday in Los Angeles
The rift in the Democratic party over charter schools will be on sharp display again Thursday, as advocates, parents and students rally outside a Los Angeles presidential primary debate to protest what they say is an attack on their freedoms. Advocates frame Democrats’ increasingly sharp rhetoric against charter schools — present at all levels of...
By Carolyn Phenicie | December 18, 2019
Bridgeland, Weissberg & Atwell: Social-emotional learning can be an answer to America’s meltdown, and principals are getting on board
Our cultural, social and political breakdown is fresh evidence that we need to do something different in the education and development of leaders. Some call for more civic education, others bemoan the decline in participation in our religious and civic institutions, and still others reach for solutions they cannot yet define. The underlying problems we...
By John Bridgeland, Roger Weissberg and Matthew Atwell | December 18, 2019
Aldeman: 3 differences between California’s teacher pension system and social security that have a huge impact on retirees — new report
Teachers may not miss what isn’t there. In California and 14 other states, plus the District of Columbia, public school teachers do not participate in Social Security. They won’t find any deductions for Social Security taxes on their pay stubs. Unlike teachers in other states who get both Social Security and a retirement plan, they...
By Chad Aldeman | December 17, 2019