More HS students are graduating, but these key indicators prove those diplomas are worth less than ever
By Kevin Mahnken Last October, in perhaps the final triumphant moment of his administration, President Obama announced that America’s soaring high school graduation rate had risen, again, to an all-time high of 83 percent. Before he took office, the percentage of students earning diplomas languished for decades in the low to mid-70s; now the news...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 1:56 pm
Morning Read: Districts spending more money on salaries — for administrators (and 5 more must-reads)
Good morning! 6 must-reads for you, to start the day: California school districts increased spending on administrator pay faster than teacher pay As funding grew following years of budget cuts, California school districts increased spending for administrator pay faster than they raised spending for teacher pay, a Bee review of state financial data found. General...
By LA School Report | March 27, 2017 6:45 am
Special series from CCSA and live stream: 3 new essays on America’s misleading charter school narrative
This morning, The 74 CEO Romy Drucker will be moderating a panel at the 24th annual California Charter School Conference in Sacramento about how the mainstream press covers, and occasionally distorts, America’s charter schools sector. You can stream the event live here, beginning at 10:45 a.m.: Ahead of the conversation, three of today’s panelists have published a special...
By LA School Report | March 22, 2017 7:18 am
LAUSD Race 2017: Everything you need to know about the 13 LA school board candidates in Tuesday’s election
Three LA Unified school board seats are on the March 7 ballot in what could end up being the most expensive school board race the nation has ever seen. Read LA School Report’s full series of coverage at LAUSD Race 2017. You’ll get profiles of all 13 candidates, highlights of more than half a dozen candidate...
By LA School Report | March 2, 2017 9:55 am
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Jose Sandoval
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Jose Sandoval Board district: 6 Job: animal rights educator. Founder of the Latino Alliance for Animal Care Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide humane education to low-income and underrepresented communities and incorporate concepts of kindness and respect for animals...
By LA School Report | March 1, 2017 2:25 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Araz Parseghian
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Araz Parseghian Board district: 6 Job: loan officer who has worked in the finance field for 17 years. He has served on the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council and the Professional Child Development Associates Board. He currently serves on the boards of the LA Valley College...
By LA School Report | February 28, 2017 8:49 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 6’s Gwendolyn Posey: ‘Parents, students, and teachers desperately need an advocate’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Gwendolyn R. Posey Board district: 6 Job: event planner, community activist, and advocate LAUSD schools attended: Pacoima Elementary School, Maclay Junior High School, and Polytechnic High School Children in LAUSD Schools? Yes, two graduates and a sixth-grader. Platform: school safety (increasing the LAUSD...
By LA School Report | February 27, 2017 7:16 pm
Meet an LAUSD school board candidate — District 4’s Nick Melvoin: ‘The district is not providing the education that students deserve’
LA School Report covers the 2017 LAUSD school board race: See all 13 candidate profiles Name: Nick Melvoin Board district: 4 Age: 31 Lives in: West Los Angeles Job: Attorney, educator, nonprofit education consultant, LAUSD substitute teacher, volunteer Married: No Children in LAUSD: No children LAUSD schooling: Kenter Canyon Elementary Other education: Curtis, Harvard-Westlake, bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, master’s in urban education...
By LA School Report | February 15, 2017 10:24 am
At LAX protests, a teachable moment for parents
This article was produced in partnership with our colleagues at The74Million.org. The East Coast protests started haphazardly enough Saturday afternoon. Washington, D.C., residents started gathering at Dulles International Airport around the same time New Yorkers were trekking to JFK’s international terminal — rallied by Facebook Live videos and social media posts that decried President Trump’s...
By LA School Report | January 29, 2017 8:17 pm
The best 150 colleges for underrepresented students: LA charter group releases its go-to list
A Los Angeles charter school organization that sends 95 percent of its graduates to college wanted to make sure its students made it not just to but through college. So it developed a list of colleges that would give students the best chance at graduating. Alliance College-Ready Public Schools’ college ranking system identifies the top 150 colleges...
By LA School Report | December 8, 2016 10:18 pm