LA parent voice: LAUSD’s new school rating system ‘is a big step forward’ to helping our kids succeed
Every week, we sit down with Los Angeles parents to talk about their students, their schools, and what questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) Fidelia Muralles came to this country three decades ago so her children could have a better education than she did growing up in Guatemala. She thought...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 18, 2018
Two-thirds of California voters say education is a ‘very important’ issue in governor’s race, survey finds
How important is K-12 public education to California voters as they choose a new governor this year? Very. And that sentiment is growing. Nearly two-thirds — 64 percent — of likely voters in a new survey called education “very important,” an increase from 58 percent four years ago when the same question was asked. A full...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 15, 2018
LA parent voice: When you know your autistic son can thrive in a regular school setting — and you’re proved right!
Every week, we sit down with Los Angeles parents to talk about their students, their schools, and what questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) Sylvia Lopez’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism at an early age. James was in special education classes from preschool through middle school. But when he...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 10, 2018
The path to Excelencia: One school leader’s mission to show English language learners can succeed
*Updated April 11 Ruben Alonzo’s English learners in his Texas classroom were thriving. He believed in their potential the same way a teacher had once believed in him — a third-generation migrant worker who went on to MIT, Harvard, and Columbia University. His students were two miles from the Mexican border in Rio Grande, at...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 9, 2018
LA parent voice: What I learned on my journey to become an education advocate
Silvia Flores, a mother of two students at two LA Unified schools in South LA, wanted to learn more about how she can help her kids succeed in school. So she signed up for the Alliance for a Better Community’s Parent Advocate Training Program, where she learned about building a parent network and working with...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | April 3, 2018
New ways of teaching math to California’s English learners are getting results, report says
As California struggles to close a stubborn achievement gap for its English learners, integrating math education with English language development can be a key to unlocking their potential, a new study says. The Education Trust—West report, Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity, highlights school districts — including three in the...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 29, 2018