U.S. News ranks America’s top public high schools — and for the first time, charters dominate Top 10
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2017 rankings of America’s public high schools, and for the first time ever, the majority of the schools in the top 10 are charters. BASIS Scottsdale, BASIS Tucson North, and BASIS Oro Valley — all Arizona public charter schools in the BASIS network — placed one, two, and three atop...
By Kate Stringer | April 26, 2017 6:46 pm
Commentary: Public education’s death spiral, and why everyone needs to vote on May 16
This is part of a series of essays by Los Angeles leaders and stakeholders on the importance of a high-quality education for all LA students and the May 16 school board election. By Loren Bendele In the 1970s Los Angeles had many of the best public schools in the world. Today, Los Angeles has some of...
By Guest Contributor | April 26, 2017 4:35 pm
LAUSD’s new early education program for children under age 5 is threatened by challenges
LA Unified’s new Expanded Transitional Kindergarten program, which is serving nearly 30,000 children younger than age 5, is already facing challenges that threaten it, and the district will assess it at the end of the school year. Dean Tagawa, the executive director of the Early Childhood Education Division, said that a $5 million hold on state...
By Mike Szymanski | April 25, 2017 5:19 pm
Morning Read: California lags behind 40 other states in per-child spending—and 6 more headlines
Good morning! 7 must-reads for you, to start the day: California lags other states in total per-child spending on range of services California lags behind 40 other states in the amount it spends per child for a range of services including public education and healthcare, according to a new report. But aside from education...
By LA School Report | April 26, 2017 6:00 am
Black Girls 6 Times as Likely to Be Suspended as Whites. ‘Let Her Learn’ Looks to Reverse the Trend
High School Sophomore Wins Google Contest — and $30,000 Scholarship — With Diversity Doodle
The Political Parallels and Contradictions of the School Choice, Food Choice — Er, Food Stamps — Debate
Is your school getting the state funds it’s owed? New database shows LAUSD schools are not getting nearly $1.5B intended for students
Fourth Street Elementary’s students are supposed to receive nearly $10.5 million under the state’s funding formula, but a new database published by the California Charter Schools Association shows that the East LA school has just $5.4 million to spend. The database’s release comes after a wave of criticisms levied against LA Unified and other California...
By Sarah Favot | April 24, 2017 6:14 pm
Zimmer and Melvoin face off in their first one-on-one debate. The most unruly? The audience.
*UPDATED Steve Zimmer and Nick Melvoin met Sunday evening in their first one-on-one debate, heading into the final three weeks before the May 16 runoff for the LA Unified District 4 school board seat. Moderator Dr. Fernando J. Guerra of Loyola Marymount University had to dig deep at times to find daylight between Zimmer, the...
By Laura Greanias | April 24, 2017 12:50 am
Darryl Adams got iPads, wi-fi for every student in Coachella. Here’s what he’s up to now
Darryl Adams put an iPad in the hands of every one of the 18,000 students in the Coachella Valley Unified School District, one of the poorest districts in the nation. Then he installed Wi-Fi on school buses and parked those buses throughout the district’s 1,250 square miles, so those kids’ iPads could get online. “The...
By Tim Newcomb | April 21, 2017 4:42 pm
Negative ad spending reaches all-time high in school board race, and candidates don’t like it
*UPDATED Negative campaigning has reached an all-time high as the nation’s most-watched school board race enters its final month. And all four LA Unified board candidates don’t like what’s being said in their name. The independent organizations including unions and charter groups that are campaigning for — and against — them have no involvement with the...
By Sarah Favot and Mike Szymanski | April 20, 2017 4:31 pm
Commentary: The California Teachers Association has a whole lot of money to burn: Here’s how it spends it
By Mike Antonucci The California Teachers Association is not only on the opposite coast from the New York State United Teachers, it is on the opposite side of the financial ledger. While NYSUT battles budget deficits and cumbersome staff pension debt, CTA has loads of cash, consistent budget surpluses, net assets of more than $300 million,...
By Guest Contributor | April 19, 2017 12:50 pm
LAUSD puts money and muscle behind 3 state bills that shackle charter schools
*UPDATED After passionate debate and pleas from charter school administrators and parents, the LA Unified school board voted 4-3 to support three teacher union-backed bills being considered by the California legislature that all restrict some of the autonomies given to public charter schools. The most contested bill, SB 808, was pulled by its author on Monday...
By Mike Szymanski | April 18, 2017 7:26 pm