Getting underserved students to graduation wins Pasadena City College coveted prize nomination
A biology class that solves a murder mystery. Online maps of how to finish a degree. And a dogged determination to get underserved students across the graduation line. These are some of the ways Pasadena City College is reaching record graduation rates and closing the achievement gap. And now it is up for a prestigious...
By Craig Clough | November 2, 2016
LAUSD school board approves one new charter school and three renewals; those recommended for denial to be voted on later today
The LA Unified school board today approved the renewal petitions of three independent public charter schools and approved a petition for one new charter school. The new charter school approved by the board is Gabriella Charter School 2, which plans to serve up to 468 students in grades TK-6 in Boyle Heights or Lincoln Heights....
By Craig Clough | October 18, 2016
New guidelines for teacher preparation announced at USC by Secretary of Education John King with LAUSD’s Michelle King
U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. was joined by LA Unified Superintendent Michelle King and a number of education leaders at the USC Rossier School of Education Wednesday to announce the release of his department’s new teacher preparation regulations. The regulations call for more detailed information to be gathered on how new teachers are performing,...
By Craig Clough | October 12, 2016
Getting ready for college, for pre-K through 12th grade: LAUSD kicks off College Awareness Month
As part of College Awareness Month in October, LA Unified officials on Tuesday presented a new initiative designed to inspire and prepare the district’s students for college, starting at the pre-K and kindergarten level and continuing every year through 12th grade. “The Division of Instruction wanted to begin a dialogue of specific activities by grade level,...
By Craig Clough | October 11, 2016
Credit recovery at charter schools: Higher grad rates mean less need for online makeup classes; pre-test bar is more stringent than LAUSD’s
*UPDATED While LA Unified is firmly committed to online credit recovery classes as a means to the district’s newly stated top goal — 100 percent graduation — Los Angeles charter school operators use these classes much more sparingly, as their graduation rates tend to be far ahead of the district’s. At three of the city’s...
By Craig Clough | October 10, 2016
UTLA plans ‘Day of Action’ for Thursday
Members of the LA teachers union, UTLA, will be out in the streets Thursday as part of a “Day of Action” that is planned in conjunction with 200 other cities. Union members will be visiting homes in the areas near LA Unified schools for planned “neighborhood walks” where they will ask residents what they want...
By Craig Clough | October 4, 2016