‘No excuses’ — Parents need school report cards they can actually read, new study says
All states in the country are required to issue education report cards about students’ performance in public schools. The problem is, parents have a hard time finding and reading them — and in many cases, they’re not even available in a language they understand, a new report finds. “Getting people the data they need is essential...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | December 6, 2017 9:58 am
Know your rights: California education advocates want to make sure you know you can stay in school
Undocumented students are missing school. Parents aren’t showing up to school events. College students aren’t re-enrolling. Discrimination complaints are exploding. As DACA protections come to an end, California education advocates are redoubling their efforts to make sure immigrant families know their rights and students continue their schooling. They are also stepping up pressure on Congress...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 29, 2017 3:13 pm
5 bright lights in LA County that are helping Latino students achieve
Despite making up the majority of California’s public school students, Latinos are still facing major challenges to achieving in school and graduating from college, a new report finds. But the report also highlights five bright spots in the LA County area — schools, districts, and programs that are helping Latinos succeed. In Los Angeles County,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 28, 2017 3:03 pm
Far fewer undocumented students are applying for financial aid to attend California colleges— advocates cite fear and the end of DACA
*UPDATE: (New data released Nov. 21 to LA School Report show that the number of applications has increased to 46,568, which is only 4 percent below last year’s figure.) The number of undocumented students in California applying for financial aid for college has dropped 20 percent this year, which advocates say is a direct result of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 15, 2017 4:51 pm
‘Why do the state and the district not want us to know the truth about our kids’ schools?’ — What a ‘technical’ tweak to the California School Dashboard means
California parents who want to know how schools are performing will now have to look deeper into the new California School Dashboard to figure it out. The dashboard, which was rolled out this spring as the state’s new way to assess schools and school districts, is a collection of color-coded boxes rating various aspects of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 9, 2017 7:01 pm
Last call to enroll in choice programs at LAUSD
The application period for LA Unified magnet programs, permits with transportation, and the dual language/bilingual programs will close tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 9. If you are submitting a paper application to enroll your child in one of these choice programs, the envelope you’re mailing to the district should have a postmark with a date of Nov....
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 8, 2017 2:58 pm