How a Los Angeles school board member teamed up with SpaceX & Elon Musk to test a mini-sub for the Thailand soccer team’s rescue
Updated July 12 Water levels were rising dangerously high and time was running out to rescue a team of soccer boys and their coach who had been trapped for two weeks in a Thailand cave. Thousands of miles away in Los Angeles, Elon Musk, the famed founder of the SpaceX rocket company, and his crew...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 12, 2018
5 things to know about California’s final ESSA plan following a year of discussion & debate surrounding the Golden State’s schools
*UPDATE: California’s ESSA plan was approved on July 12, the day after it was submitted. After nearly a year of discussion and three rounds of revisions, California’s Board of Education on Wednesday approved its final version of its state accountability plan known as ESSA, to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Here are...
By Mario Koran | July 11, 2018
LAUSD board won’t back a parcel tax this year
At Tuesday’s annual meeting of the LA Unified school board, Mónica García was elected to another term as president and a proposed parcel tax that would have generated $500 million a year for the cash-strapped district failed to garner enough support to make the November ballot. After a lengthy discussion — during which some board...
By Mario Koran | July 10, 2018
Morning Read: UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students — and 7 more must-reads
Good morning! 8 must-reads on the education beat today: UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students The University of California opened its doors to a record number of Californians for fall 2018, led by growth in transfer students from across the state. The preliminary data reflect UC’s stepped-up efforts to...
By LA School Report | July 12, 2018
California Teachers Association wields outsized influence over national teacher union policies
The National Education Association held its annual Representative Assembly in Minneapolis last week. Six thousand delegates, representing teachers and education support workers in every state, met to debate and vote on the national union’s budget and agenda for the 2018-19 school year. Each year the delegates amend NEA’s constitution and by-laws, federal legislative program, resolutions,...
By Mike Antonucci | July 10, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh, son of D.C. teacher, nominated for Supreme Court; has praised efforts to allow religious schools’ participation in publicly funded programs
After much waiting and Twitter speculation, President Trump announced on live television Monday night that he is nominating conservative D.C. Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. With only one school district under the D.C. Circuit’s jurisdiction, District of Columbia Public Schools, Kavanaugh’s record on school-related...
By Carolyn Phenicie | July 10, 2018