Poll: School safety is main concern for California voters, but college affordability tops list for parents
School safety and college affordability are the most pressing issues in education, California voters said in a new poll. The top priority overall was reducing gun violence in schools, with more than half of respondents saying it was “very important.” But voters with children as well as those ages 18-49 and those earning less than...
By Laura Fay | February 6, 2019
A #RedForEd Spread: On Heels of Los Angeles Strike, Denver, Virginia, Oakland and Sacramento Are Poised for Next Wave of Teacher Activism
*Updated Jan. 25 Teachers around the country were watching closely as their Los Angeles counterparts took to the streets, and now teachers throughout Virginia plan to march on their capital Monday and Denver educators are poised to strike next. In California, teachers in Oakland are voting next week on whether to authorize a strike. And...
By Laura Fay | January 24, 2019
As LAUSD teacher strike stretches on, students experiencing homelessness are hit hard
The Los Angeles teacher strike has now lasted a full week, and the work stoppage is compounding stress and uncertainty for students and families who rely on schools for meals, childcare and stability, especially for those experiencing homelessness. More than 17,000 students in L.A. Unified are classified as homeless, and the strike comes amid a...
By Laura Fay | January 18, 2019
L.A. teachers are borrowing the #RedForEd hashtag and talking points. Here’s how their strike would be different from last year’s red state walkouts
*Updated Jan. 14 A series of massive teacher walkouts rocked six states in 2018, drawing national attention to teacher pay and working conditions. While not all of the teachers had the same concerns — West Virginia teachers mostly wanted a pay raise, while those in Kentucky wanted to reverse a change to their pensions — the Red...
By Laura Fay | January 11, 2019
How California’s Rural Education Network is creating an online hub to better connect remote schools and empower teachers to share experiences, strategies & classroom materials
Educators in rural communities face unique challenges, but they also have special strengths that aren’t always found in urban and suburban schools. In California, where 60 percent of districts are in towns or rural areas, a new project is leveraging those strengths to help educators connect with one another and get the support they need....
By Laura Fay | January 2, 2019
It’s not just the flames, it’s the air quality: As a million students are forced out of class due to California wildfires and smoke, state schools chief OKs emergency relief
Hazardous air quality caused by the wildfires still burning in Northern and Southern California have forced schools and universities to close throughout the state, and education officials are stepping in to provide a range of supports as nearly two dozen counties have been affected. Dozens of schools across San Francisco and the surrounding areas closed...
By Laura Fay | November 19, 2018
San Jose students will get expanded STEAM educational opportunities as part of a $55 million donation to help low-income students succeed
San Jose students will be among those benefiting from a new $55 million donation to help low-income students succeed. The donation by pharmaceutical giant AbbVie was announced Friday and will be divided among three organizations: Communities in Schools, City Year and the University of Chicago Education Lab. The San Jose branch of City Year will...
By Laura Fay | November 16, 2018
After closely watched campaigns, teachers notch wins and losses — but for some, the fight isn’t over yet
*Updated Nov. 18 Across the country, teachers ran for office this year, inspiring almost as many underdog campaign stories as Texas’s Beto O’Rourke and drawing widespread attention to state legislative races that otherwise wouldn’t break into national headlines. When the votes were counted, educators scored some notable wins, but it was far from a sweep...
By Laura Fay | November 16, 2018
EDlection2018: To a divided nation, teachers running for office are telling America: We are just what you need
After watching a year’s worth of ugly fights over how to keep kids safe, how to value teachers, and how to get schools what they need, hundreds of educators across the country are running for office, many with the message that teachers are just what the nation needs because they know how to help people...
By Laura Fay | November 2, 2018
Taking your kid out of school for vacation? This California beach town asks parents to cough up the cash it loses for every absence
What’s the value of one day of school? While the learning and development that happen for each child may be priceless, at least one California district has put a monetary value on it. Manhattan Beach Unified School District, in Los Angeles’s tony South Bay, asks parents to make a $47 donation each time a student...
By Laura Fay | October 29, 2018