Education must-reads: From a report calling for a special education overhaul to Newsom’s top education priorities, 9 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)
Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy. Special education in California in need of overhaul, researchers say Special education in California should be overhauled to focus on the individual needs of students, with better training for teachers, more streamlined services and...
By LA School Report | February 19, 2020
After improved college eligibility and stronger math scores, Khan Academy touts its Long Beach Unified partnership to launch district programs nationwide
How has California’s third-largest school district, serving mostly low-income Latinos and blacks, been propelling its students to college by raising their SAT scores and boosting their state test scores? Chris Steinhauser, superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District for the last 18 years, will tell you that forging the first formal partnership with Khan Academy...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 12, 2020
Long Beach schools chief: Want to get to know our schools better? Academic growth data is a very good place to start
Los Angeles Unified leaders were right to abandon plans for a single rating system for schools, which would have been a giant step backwards for school performance transparency. Those same decision makers should double down by making Los Angeles school academic growth data available to schools and parents. The state of California has made significant...
By Chris Steinhauser | November 4, 2019
Teacher Spotlight: Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School’s Veronica Amis, 34 years of teaching in Watts with ‘unconditional love’
This interview is one in a series spotlighting Los Angeles teachers, their unique and innovative classroom approaches, and their thoughts on how the education system can better support teachers in guiding students to success. Veronica Amis was born in St Louis, Missouri but she moved to Los Angeles with her family in 1963 when she...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 9, 2019
Back-to-school reads: The 6 most popular articles we published this summer about the state of Los Angeles schools
With students back in the classroom and LAUSD officials back in action tackling several urgent issues, we thought we’d pause for a moment, look back at the summer break, and resurface our six most popular articles you might have missed while traveling, surfing or ditching your e-mail for a beach read. Here are our top...
By LA School Report | August 21, 2019
Teacher spotlight: Dodson Middle School’s Joshua Sensabaugh on why the arts can stimulate learning and how the community can be involved
This interview is one in a series spotlighting Los Angeles teachers, their unique and innovative classroom approaches, and their thoughts on how the education system can better support teachers in guiding students to success. Joshua Sensabaugh grew up in a family of educators but he never planned to become one. Then after college, while he was teaching...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 24, 2019
Antonucci: LA Unified & UTLA like to cite school funding in NY and CA when crying poverty. They’re just playing a numbers game
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report. Voters in the Los Angeles Unified School District last week rejected a parcel tax designed to raise $500 million annually for district operations. Needing a two-thirds majority to pass, Measure EE failed to receive 46 percent of the vote. The measure had the support of...
By Mike Antonucci | June 12, 2019
‘We need to be heard’ — Graciela Ortíz endorses Repenning as she vows to advocate for Board District 5’s southeast community
*Updated March 31 There were seven Latino candidates in the L.A. Unified school board race for the Board District 5 seat, but Huntington Park Councilwoman Graciela Ortíz was the only one who came close to making it into a runoff. Only 31 votes separated Ortíz from second-place finisher Heather Repenning, but on Wednesday Ortíz announced...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 30, 2019
How 8 large California districts are using data to decode social-emotional learning — and predict students’ academic success
When some teachers in the Long Beach Unified School District hear students say they’re bad at math, they rephrase. You’re not bad, you’re just not understanding it yet. It’s not too difficult, it’s just challenging right now. These educators are helping students develop a growth mindset, a belief that they can improve their skills through...
By Kate Stringer | March 13, 2019
How will this LAUSD school board election differ from District 5’s last race? Will January’s teacher strike boost turnout? Experts answer these questions, and more, about Tuesday’s vote
On Tuesday, L.A. Unified’s Board District 5 will hold a special election to fill a school board seat that’s been vacant since last year, potentially determining whether the board swings more pro-reform or more pro-union. The board district’s students — who are nearly 90 percent Latino — haven’t had a representative since last July, when education reformer...
By Taylor Swaak | March 4, 2019