Board gives tepid approval to LAUSD’s strategic plan but calls for urgency
School board members gave a tentative but tepid thumbs up to a strategic plan for the LA Unified School District after more than four hours of discussion Tuesday, but they also called for more urgency. The biggest change since an August draft of the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan was a simplified singular goal: 100 percent graduation....
By Mike Szymanski | December 7, 2016 4:36 pm
Calls mount to end mandatory random searches at LA schools
While students in Los Angeles face growing anxiety over the Donald Trump presidency, there’s increasing pressure to end the school district’s random searches that go on every day at middle and high schools. Momentum is greater than ever to end the mandatory practice at LA Unified after the election of an administration that threatens to deport undocumented students, punish sanctuary...
By Mike Szymanski | December 5, 2016 5:23 pm
Even as they comfort students, undocumented teachers in LA share the same fears about DACA
Francisco Bravo is proud to be an educator and serve students with special needs in Lincoln Heights. Obtaining his college degree and then a master’s degree in education as an undocumented student was hard, but not as difficult as now facing possible deportation and losing everything he has achieved if the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 4, 2016 6:24 pm
Morning Read: As charter schools grow, where will they get the teachers?
As charter schools grow, they face challenge of hiring amid a teacher shortage As California struggles with a teacher shortage, charter schools face distinct challenges recruiting teachers. Those challenges are exacerbated by the rapid expansion of charters, with the number of schools more than doubling in the past decade. In interviews with EdSource, most of...
By LA School Report | December 8, 2016 7:21 am
High school creates a gift for blind senior: A one-of-a-kind Braille yearbook she can read
By Nathania Johnson Every year, Maycie Vorreiter bought her high school’s yearbook and asked her friends to sign it. She could never read it herself, though, having been born blind, so her assistant or her twin brother had to read it to her. “I’ve ordered a yearbook every year, basically just to be included in...
By Guest Contributor | December 6, 2016 5:03 pm
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