LA families will have more school quality information than ever before in new interactive tool that rates schools
*Updated April 12 Driven by mounting urgency to improve struggling schools and widespread dissatisfaction with California’s school evaluation tool, LA Unified board members voted Tuesday to create an assessment framework that will allow parents to more easily compare schools as well as select the measures by which to evaluate them. The key difference from the California...
By Laura Greanias | April 12, 2018
As Gov. Brown allocates more education funding, LAUSD moves to make sure its neediest schools benefit the most
Responding to years of pressure by Los Angeles community and education advocates, LA Unified next month may commit to funding schools based on a new ranking that gives priority to those with the highest-need students. Nearly $140 million in new funding is expected to flow to the district in the next two years as part...
By Laura Greanias | April 4, 2018
LAUSD moves to streamline how schools are rated, making it easier for parents to compare and evaluate them
Los Angeles parents will get a simpler way to evaluate and compare schools, if a plan by three LA Unified school board members is passed next month that gives schools a single score or rating based primarily on student achievement and growth. It’s been five years since the Academic Performance Index, which ranked California schools...
By Laura Greanias | March 28, 2018
School choice, charters, and unions — Hot topics as candidates for state schools chief meet for the first time
California parents looking for better public schools for their kids will get to elect a new state schools chief in November, and this week was their first chance to compare the three candidates side by side — something parents can’t yet do with schools. The three candidates for state superintendent of public instruction met for...
By Laura Greanias | March 21, 2018
Lots of talk but little action to help the lowest-performing schools in Los Angeles and California
There’s been a lot of talk but little action from Los Angeles and California education officials when it comes to supporting the lowest-performing schools. Last week state board members again voted to put off revisions to California’s education plan, which are required in order for the plan to be approved by the federal Department of...
By Laura Greanias | March 19, 2018
Exclusive: Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s superintendent of instruction, on why he pulled out of the race
Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s state superintendent of instruction, has pulled out of the race. Anderson, 36, was educated in California public schools through college. He spent six years in Chicago and directed strategy and policy at Chicago Public Schools before returning to California in 2014 to lead strategy and operations at EducationSuperHighway,...
By Laura Greanias | February 14, 2018