Local control trumps sleepy teens: California’s late-start bill couldn’t overcome opposition but may return next year
A bill that would allow middle and high schoolers to sleep in later failed to gain legislative support and will be reconsidered next year. The bill, SB 328 — a statewide prohibition against starting school before 8:30 a.m. for public middle and high schools — won only 26 of the 41 votes it needed in...
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Exclusive: Ben Austin launches Kids Coalition to give LA students a legal right to a high-quality education
The man who helped craft the state’s parent trigger law and who founded Parent Revolution has launched a new organization that aims to put a kids-first agenda into practice and give LA Unified students and their parents legal rights in decisions about their education. The organization is called Kids Coalition and will be headed by...
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 6:01 am
Plans for state-run STEM school in downtown LA die as bill fails to win support
A controversial bill that would have established California’s first state-run STEM school ran into a wall of opposition, including from a broad coalition of unions, and failed to gain enough support as the legislative session ended Friday. The bill, AB 1217, was authored by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, and Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge....
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 6:00 am
California approves its ESSA plan, adding more teachers to those deemed ‘effective’
The California State Board of Education voted Wednesday to approve its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, culminating a year and a half of work with dozens of public meetings and comment periods. Whether it will be accepted, however, is far from clear. The plan is required under the new federal...
By Sarah Favot | September 13, 2017 6:37 pm
Exclusive: School autonomy vs. teen sleep — Charter schools join opposition to California’s late-start bill after last-minute addition
California charter middle and high schools would be prohibited from starting school before 8:30 a.m. under a bill that will be voted on by the Assembly this week after a concern was raised that they would have an unfair advantage over district schools for enrollment. The addition of charter schools this month prompted the California...
By Sarah Favot | September 11, 2017 1:19 pm
Super Schools highlighted in prime time call to action to rethink America’s high schools
Education reform made prime time Friday night with a slew of celebrity guests to promote the XQ Super School Project. The hour-long special aired on all four major TV networks to inspire people to become involved in rethinking the high school experience for the nation’s teenagers. EIF Presents: XQ Super School Project aired live from...
By Sarah Favot | September 8, 2017 10:21 pm