LA parent voice: ‘This has to change’ — how one mom is working to boost African-American families’ engagement in their South Los Angeles schools
In this series, Los Angeles parents talk about their students, their schools and the questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) Tyrese McKie has a mission: increasing African-American families’ engagement in their South Los Angeles schools. She joined the L.A. Unified Board District 5’s Family Problem-Solving Group in October...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 16, 2019
Beneath the LAUSD teacher strike, the quiet anxieties of parents facing a multitude of fears
*Updated Jan. 16 On the first day of the Los Angeles teacher strike, the sights and sounds were loud and flashy: Teachers with picket signs at a thousand schools. Car horns honking their support. At least 20,000 people shouting and marching downtown. Reports on every newscast. Under the radar were the parents of 140,000 students...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 15, 2019
10 things parents need to know about their schools during a teacher strike
Updated Jan. 10 On Thursday, L.A. Unified launched a strike hotline for parents and guardians, available Monday-Friday from 6 a.m to 4 p.m., staffed by district representatives who can provide assistance. The number is 213-443-1300. More than 30,000 teachers, school counselors, nurses and social workers in Los Angeles plan to strike as soon as Thursday. A...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 8, 2019
‘Parents zero, students zero’ — An L.A. teacher strike is a no-win situation, parents of LAUSD’s most vulnerable students tell community organizations
Parents of the most vulnerable students in Los Angeles are experiencing heightened stress in the run-up to a teacher strike because they feel they have the most to lose, say the leaders of two community organizations that work closely with parents of public school children. Their children are already behind academically, and the parents fear...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 7, 2019
As Latino and immigrant families leave the country for an early holiday, tens of thousands of LA students go missing from classrooms, costing schools millions in funding
Winter break was still almost two weeks away when a parent came into Principal Adan Martínez’s office to tell him he was taking his child out of school that day and wouldn’t be back until January. “It started today! One of our students left in the middle of the school day to go to Mexico...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 12, 2018
10 candidates will be on the ballot in March to fill LAUSD’s vacant school board seat
*Updated Dec. 13 Ten of the 17 individuals who filed their intention to run for the upcoming special election for LA Unified’s vacant school board seat have officially qualified to be on the March 5 ballot in Board District 5. The winner will fill out the term of Ref Rodríguez, serving only a year and a...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 5, 2018
LA parent voice: What I learned in 25 years of being a Latino parent engagement advocate – ‘Knowing the school system can really transform everything’
In this series, Los Angeles parents talk about their students, their schools and the questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) María Elena Meraz has spent 25 years, as both a mother and an advocate, learning and sharing about how public schools in California can better serve the needs of Latino...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 3, 2018
New help for LAUSD’s English learners: Individualized plans seek to boost graduation and reclassification rates
As English learners in LA Unified continue to post little to no growth on state tests, the district this year has a new strategy to help students become proficient in English. Struggling English learners have started getting individualized reclassification plans, similar to the plans known as IEP’s that outline the needs and supports for each student...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 3, 2018
New report sounds the alarm in California: Only 1 in 8 Latinos has a four-year college degree — and Newsom and state legislators need to act now to boost college graduates by 2030
The authors of a new report are calling on California’s newly elected governor, Gavin Newsom, and state legislators to do more to ensure Latinos graduate from college. Only 12 percent of Latinos attain a four-year college degree, and they continue to be the group with the lowest rate of college completion in the state and lag behind...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 25, 2018
8 in 10 LAUSD seniors apply to college, and they submit more applications than their peers nationally, new study shows
Eight out of 10 LA Unified seniors applied to college, and nearly two-thirds applied to at least one four-year college, according to a new report — the first in a series examining Los Angeles students’ college-going data. Those figures, for the Class of 2017, show that Los Angeles seniors apply at similar rates as their...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 16, 2018