Exclusive: Voters approved $20 billion to build LA schools. As last one opens, the ultimate insider explains why they were so desperately needed.
“Wooooow. They built this just for us?” By Glenn Gritzner This week, a significant milestone is being achieved for the students of LAUSD that deserves to be celebrated. The final school — Bell High School — is coming off the year-round calendar, meaning that every school in LAUSD will now be on the traditional nine-month...
By Guest contributor | August 14, 2017
Seth Litt: Kids in low-performing schools lose big under California’s ESSA plan
By Seth Litt On July 12, the California Board of Education met to discuss the state’s plan to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which must be approved and submitted by September. Board President Michael Kirst opened the conversation with a defense of the draft plan, which offers no commitment on...
By Guest contributor | August 3, 2017
Emilio Pack — Not all college degrees are created equal: How STEM Prep is preparing its high schoolers for the 21st-Century economy
By Emilio Pack The new goal charter networks have adopted — boosting the college graduation rate for their alumni — is a wise one. It’s definitely time to move past the short-sighted goal of only ensuring they win admittance into a college. But in rushing to meet this new goal, it’s easy to overlook an awkward...
By Guest contributor | August 2, 2017
When charters and traditional schools share a building, all students improve: A new study finds 7 reasons why
By Beth Hawkins Few education policy battles have burned as hot as debate over the practice of requiring traditional public schools to share under-used space with charter schools. Co-location, as the practice is called, is often cited as damaging to students in mainline district schools. But groundbreaking new research from Temple University Assistant Professor Sarah Cordes finds that at...
By Guest contributor | August 1, 2017
Commentary: Electric buses can help our kids breathe easier — and learn better
By Nancy White Horse As parents, we spend a lot of time worrying about our children’s education: we nag them to finish their homework every night, we push to pair them with the best possible teachers, and we lay awake at night hoping they are going to be prepared for their future. However, we often...
By Guest contributor | July 26, 2017
Commentary: Central American and Salvadoran American literature is invisible in public schools
By Randy Jurado Ertll When I was growing up in California, I never read a book in LAUSD schools by a Latino or Latina author. And until college, I never had a Latino or Latina teacher. Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB 2016, which was spearheaded by former state Assembly member Luis Alejo....
By Guest contributor | June 21, 2017