4 steps schools can take to boost family engagement and make parents partners in their kids’ success
One of the most important factors affecting children’s academic success doesn’t come from the classroom — it comes from the support of students’ families. The research is clear: When parents are engaged, children are more likely to succeed. Studies from the U.S. Department of Education, Harvard University, and elsewhere have catalogued the powerful effects of schools’ partnerships...
By Jessica Lander | November 20, 2017 7:44 am
Ed Dept. picks including LA’s Jim Blew are confronted in confirmation hearings with same battles that faced DeVos: vouchers, ESSA, Title IX
The familiar battles that have surrounded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos since her own contentious confirmation — private school choice, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, and even guns — remained at the fore Wednesday afternoon as a Senate committee considered two top Education Department nominees. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considered...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 16, 2017 8:11 am
Far fewer undocumented students are applying for financial aid to attend California colleges— advocates cite fear and the end of DACA
The number of undocumented students in California applying for financial aid for college has dropped 20 percent this year, which advocates say is a direct result of immigration fears and the termination of the DACA program. The most recent data from the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) show that 38,499 students have applied for financial...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 15, 2017 4:51 pm
Morning Read: Study shows American students do better on tests if you pay them — and 7 more must-reads
Good morning! 8 must-reads for you, to start the day: More Money, More Problems (Solved Correctly): New Study Shows American Kids Do Better on Tests If You Pay for Answers Much of American students’ poor showing on international math assessments can be explained by an absence of motivation to do well on low-stakes tests rather...
By LA School Report | November 20, 2017 6:40 am
LA education leaders unite to tell Sacramento: California’s public education is woefully underfunded and the problem isn’t fixed
The city’s education community sent a clear message Tuesday from downtown Los Angeles to legislators in Sacramento: the governor’s funding formula has not “fixed” the state’s woefully underfunded public education system. The LA Unified school board unanimously approved a resolution to spend resources to advocate in Sacramento to double education funding by 2020 to $20,000...
By Sarah Favot | November 14, 2017 6:10 pm
Williams: California, where orange is the new red and school accountability just got much harder to read
Oh, California, you paradise, you far-flung western shoal, you frontier beyond purple mountains and fruited plains, you earth-shaking technological marvel, you never-ending party — California, you’re the land of good news, where the economy booms and the culture is wildly, diversely, supremely cool. You’re the golden realm at the end of our national rainbow. Fittingly,...
By Conor Williams | November 13, 2017 2:20 pm