California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being finds wide racial disparities in health, education of LA children
Although there have been improvements over the last two years, wide racial disparities remain for children in Los Angeles County and California when it comes to education, health, welfare and well-being, according to a new report from Children Now. The 2016–2017 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being found that although 41 percent of students in LA are...
By Craig Clough | November 15, 2016
LAUSD’s English learners fall far behind other large California districts. Will Prop. 58 come to the rescue?
With California’s voters passing Proposition 58 this week, millions of students will now have increased access to bilingual education. That’s especially good news for LA Unified, where the district’s English language learners significantly trailed their peers at other large districts in the state on the most recent standardized tests. While LA Unified had plans to expand bilingual...
By Craig Clough | November 10, 2016
LAUSD leaders react to Trump’s victory and ‘feelings of fear and anxiety’
*UPDATED Education leaders in Los Angeles reached out to their schools and communities a day after Donald Trump was elected president to address “feelings of fear and anxiety.” During his campaign, Trump had vowed to deport millions of immigrants and build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. LA Unified’s student body is 74...
By Craig Clough | November 9, 2016
How Venice High opted in — and became LA’s most-improved high school
While statistically Venice High School was the most-improved LA Unified high school in 2015-16 based on state test scores, the real story behind the jump is participation: how many students actually took the tests and how the school’s administration turned the tide of a strong “opt-out” movement that had swept through the campus. The school’s numbers...
By Craig Clough | November 8, 2016
Dual language immersion programs will grow at LAUSD with or without Prop. 58
The majority of Vista Del Valle Dual Language Academy students in San Fernando don’t have just one teacher, they have two. And they don’t have just one classroom, they have two, where they spend half their day learning in English and the other half learning in Spanish. It’s all part of the school’s dual language immersion program,...
By Craig Clough | November 6, 2016
Parents deliver lawsuit against Huntington Park over charter ban
*UPDATED Parents and supporters of charter school students on Friday delivered a lawsuit to the Huntington Park City Council and Mayor Graciela Ortiz in response to the council’s recent enactment of a one-year ban on new charter schools in the city’s limits. The lawsuit was filed Thursday by the California Charter Schools Association in Los Angeles County Superior...
By Craig Clough | November 4, 2016