‘Opening the door wider’: With upcoming admissions decisions, top-ranked L.A. arts school puts equity in the spotlight
Nyla Joseph has felt at ease in front of a camera ever since appearing in a public service announcement six years ago. But her dreams of becoming an actor were frustrated because her South Los Angeles middle school lacks a theater program. And her mother was leery of internet scams promising to turn her daughter into the...
By Linda Jacobson | April 8, 2021
Begun in NYC public schools, Techrow makes virtual reality work for students of all income levels, no matter where they’re learning
With students stuck at home during the pandemic, disengagement from school has turned from concern to danger. But with the challenge of distance learning comes an opportunity for virtual reality to create accessibility and understanding for kids of all demographics, even in the most disadvantaged districts. Travis Feldler saw firsthand how early in their educational...
By Tim Newcomb | April 7, 2021
Many rural remote learners are receiving little to no live teaching, federal survey reveals
More students than previously understood may be attending school virtually, survey data released in March by the U.S. Department of Education reveal. And many students — particularly remote learners from rural schools — are getting little to no live instructional time with teachers. While the survey finds that over three-quarters of elementary and middle schoolers attend schools that offer...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | April 1, 2021
Court documents reveal how L.A. teachers union gained upper hand in pandemic negotiations, limiting instruction time
As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares to reopen elementary schools for the first time in 13 months, recently released court documents show that while the district pushed for more instructional time for students earlier this year, the union successfully bargained for a reduced teacher workday — and a lot more of what it wanted. On...
By Linda Jacobson | March 30, 2021
Educator’s view: To dismantle structural racism, having school leaders who look like me matters
When you picture a public charter school teacher, what image comes to mind? Chances are, it doesn’t look like me: a Latino male. As a former public school student in south Texas, and a longtime charter school educator, I know how powerful it is when students learn from adults who look like them, who can...
By Freddy Gonzalez | March 29, 2021
Cardona summit shines light on districts with successful reopening stories and ‘real-world evidence’ of following CDC guidelines
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will travel to local communities over the next few weeks in a continued push to get more schools to reopen before the Biden Administration’s self-imposed 100-day deadline. “My job, I can do it better if I’m listening to what is happening in the field,” Cardona told viewers during a summit...
By Linda Jacobson | March 25, 2021
Most students have experienced mental health challenges during pandemic, survey reveals. But there are reasons for optimism
Nearly two-thirds of parents say their child has recently experienced mental or emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts, according to a new national survey on student well-being during the pandemic. Yet amid growing concern that the pandemic and its widespread disruptions to schools could have a devastating, long-lasting toll on students’...
By Mark Keierleber | March 24, 2021
Analysis: Lessons from Spanish Flu — Babies born in 1919 had worse educational, life outcomes than those born just before or after. Could that happen with COVID-19?
I have some bad news: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to linger for decades. One mechanism is through education. As my series on educational disruptions has shown, children who miss school time suffer academic losses in the short run, and those effects are noticeable decades later in the form of worse economic outcomes and other...
By Chad Aldeman | March 23, 2021
As U.K. variant spurs lockdowns abroad and takes hold in U.S., schools should be prepared to ‘pivot quickly,’ experts say
As a more contagious strain of COVID-19 sweeps across the United States, infectious disease experts say schools should brace for a challenging spring. First identified in Britain, the variant has been doubling its total U.S. cases every 10 days and has already become the dominant strain in Florida, according to reports. Dr. Michael Osterholm, director...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | March 22, 2021
Redrawing NCAA brackets for income mobility: If March Madness were about moving students up the economic ladder, research says we’d all be celebrating Georgetown
For the hundreds of schools, thousands of students and millions of fans left dismayed by the cancellation last year of the NCAA men’s Division I basketball tournament, the return of March Madness is cause for much celebration and, of course, much caution. The Big Dance comes at a time when vaccinations are leading the nation...
By Jorge Klor de Alva | March 18, 2021