‘Urgency is everywhere’: 2022 federal budget plan includes major increases for community schools, Title I
Over the past year, school districts across the country have delivered meals to families, connected them to mental health counselors and served as central hubs for information on rental assistance — operating much like “community schools” that are designed to pull together a variety of services for students under one roof. Now President Joe Biden...
By Linda Jacobson | April 14, 2021
Report: Learning loss data show 40,000 Los Angeles high school students off track to graduate
Forty thousand high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are at risk of not graduating — including 6,000 this year — according to a new analysis that tracks the effects of school closures on students in the nation’s second largest district. In middle school, about a third of students in the district are currently...
By Linda Jacobson | April 13, 2021
‘Opening the door wider’: With recent admissions decisions, top-ranked L.A. arts school put equity in the spotlight
Updated April 13 Nyla Joseph has felt at ease in front of a camera ever since appearing in a public service announcement six years ago. But her dreams of becoming an actor were frustrated because her South Los Angeles middle school lacks a theater program. And her mother was leery of internet scams promising to turn her...
By Linda Jacobson | April 8, 2021
Court documents reveal how L.A. teachers union gained upper hand in pandemic negotiations, limiting instruction time
As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares to reopen elementary schools for the first time in 13 months, recently released court documents show that while the district pushed for more instructional time for students earlier this year, the union successfully bargained for a reduced teacher workday — and a lot more of what it wanted. On...
By Linda Jacobson | March 30, 2021
Cardona summit shines light on districts with successful reopening stories and ‘real-world evidence’ of following CDC guidelines
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will travel to local communities over the next few weeks in a continued push to get more schools to reopen before the Biden Administration’s self-imposed 100-day deadline. “My job, I can do it better if I’m listening to what is happening in the field,” Cardona told viewers during a summit...
By Linda Jacobson | March 25, 2021
House vote sets stage for approval of sweeping pandemic relief package, with $126 billion for reopening schools, learning loss
The House is soon expected to pass what President Joe Biden calls an “urgently needed” funding package that sends $126 billion to K-12 schools — almost twice as much provided in COVID-19 relief last year and significantly more than they received to recover from the Great Recession. The vote, expected by Wednesday, sets the stage for Biden...
By Linda Jacobson | March 9, 2021
One year into pandemic, far fewer young students are on target to learn how to read, tests show
Twenty percent fewer kindergartners are on track to learn how to read than their peers were at this time last year, and most haven’t made much progress since the fall, according to new assessment data released in February. Thirty-seven percent of this year’s kindergartners are on-track in early reading skills, compared to 55 percent during the 2019-20...
By Linda Jacobson | March 9, 2021
Learning loss in California: New analysis digs into how students — particularly English learners — are falling behind during the pandemic
When leading assessment providers released data in November on pandemic-related learning loss, the news wasn’t as dreadful as some had predicted. But new attempts to dig deeper into the results from two states now show that many students, particularly those in the elementary grades, have made far less progress than they would have in a...
By Linda Jacobson | February 23, 2021
Inside the new CDC guidance on reopening classrooms: Masks and social distancing key safety strategies, vaccinations not a precondition for in-person learning
Students — even those in high school — can return to classrooms full time in communities with low to moderate spread of COVID-19 as long as schools enforce universal mask wearing and 6 feet of distance between students, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday in updated school reopening guidance. The agency also...
By Linda Jacobson | February 16, 2021
Inside the $130 billion Biden schools proposal: Big on safety and teacher retention, but experts warn may not fully address student learning loss
The $130 billion for K-12 in President Joe Biden’s proposed relief plan doesn’t cover the full price tag of what the administration thinks it will cost to reopen schools, according to a White House breakdown of expenses. The various categories, such as $50 billion for reducing class sizes and $3 billion for school nurses, total...
By Linda Jacobson | February 8, 2021