Easy money for LA schools: Get 80,000 chronically absent kids to class one more day a year, generate $30 million
*UPDATED It’s a daunting task to try to figure out how LA Unified can save money, but an advisory group came up with a surprising statistic: If the district can get each of the 80,000 chronically absent students to come to school at least one more day, then it will be ahead by $30 million...
By Mike Szymanski | December 8, 2017 3:02 pm
Los Angeles schools could lose tens of millions of dollars for fire-related closures — but state will likely cover the bill
*UPDATED — Schools to reopen Monday, plus lunch and support sites available on Friday and Saturday. More than one-third of LA Unified schools closed this week because of raging fires in the San Fernando Valley and the Sepulveda Pass. No students in all those seats could mean a loss of tens of millions of dollars...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:13 pm
LAUSD agrees to more consistency when tacking on additional requirements to charter renewals
LA Unified’s charter division agreed this week to be more consistent when making additional requirements of independent charter schools during their renewal process. School board vice president Nick Melvoin requested the change at Tuesday’s board meeting because he said the added requirements, known as benchmarks, were being applied unfairly to some schools that were showing...
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2017 3:02 pm
Morning Read: One California district leads the way on new science standards — and 6 more must-reads
Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day: How one California school district is leading the way on new science standards As schools nationwide take on the most comprehensive overhaul of science standards in 20 years, a school district in a quiet suburb of Los Angeles has become a pace-setter. Without relying on...
By LA School Report | December 11, 2017 6:40 am
‘No excuses’ — Parents need school report cards they can actually read, new study says
All states in the country are required to issue education report cards about students’ performance in public schools. The problem is, parents have a hard time finding and reading them — and in many cases, they’re not even available in a language they understand, a new report finds. “Getting people the data they need is essential...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 6, 2017 9:58 am
Commentary: What’s a ‘good school’? The focus needs to shift to what really matters
My wife and I have two boys, ages 3 and 1. We are just a few years away from sending them to kindergarten, and like all parents, we want them to go to a “good school.” We want our children to learn and grow academically and socially so they can live rewarding and secure lives...
By Chase Stafford | December 5, 2017 4:09 pm