Fake news isn’t just an internet problem, it’s a classroom crisis. A new push for media literacy
By Tim Newcomb Alarm over the ease with which Americans are duped by fake news continues to grow. With propaganda-filled stories and hoax articles crowding social media feeds — where more than 60 percent of people in the United States now get their news — during the recent election cycle, lack of media literacy among...
By Guest Contributor | December 1, 2016 10:44 pm
How does a school succeed in LAUSD? By getting around the bureaucracy, principals say
LA Unified success stories from a raft of school models were on display Tuesday, and the unifying theme was how school leaders had to get around district bureaucracy in order to succeed. Principals from affiliated charters, magnets, pilots and choice schools touted their successes at the Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Equity Committee. All of them...
By Mike Szymanski | November 30, 2016 9:00 am
Hollywood High hopes to make money for textbooks by erecting a digital sign at one of LA’s most dangerous intersections
The principal at Hollywood High School has taken to heart the superintendent’s call to think creatively of ways to raise money for her school. The LA Unified School District doesn’t provide her the Advanced Placement textbooks she needs to get her students ready for college, and she wants to install state-of-the-art equipment at the school’s New Media...
By Mike Szymanski | November 22, 2016 10:28 am
Morning Read: Do we really want commercial billboards on public school campuses?
Editorial: Do we really want commercial billboards on public school campuses? Hollywood High is short on Advanced Placement textbooks and state-of-the-art equipment for its New Media Academy magnet. Suddenly, a billboard company comes along offering … free money! Just let us put an electronic billboard — or two or three — on your well-located campus,...
By LA School Report | December 2, 2016 7:47 am
Morning Read: California school districts have hard time hiring teachers, shortage looming
California faces a looming teacher shortage, and the problem is getting worse Tamara Moore thought of herself as a career teacher, but she could see burnout in her future. In her first year, she was putting in 60 hours a week but was troubled by how her school focused more on raising test scores than on working with...
By LA School Report | December 1, 2016 7:23 am
DACA supporters fear what Attorney General Jeff Sessions would mean for immigrant youth
If there was any question whether President-elect Donald Trump would make a U-turn on his immigration agenda after the election, it was quickly answered with this month’s announcement that he was tapping Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) to be attorney general. For years, Sessions has led the charge in Congress to curb, repeal, and resist efforts...
By Naomi Nix | November 30, 2016 7:48 am
Analysis: California is still the Golden State for teacher unions
By Mike Antonucci While teachers-union affiliates across the country ponder what went wrong on Election Day, the California Teachers Association and California Federation of Teachers are celebrating another successful year at the polls. The unions helped deliver Hillary Clinton a 29-point margin of victory in California and backed Kamala Harris in her successful bid to...
By Guest Contributor | November 30, 2016 7:34 am