Analysis: Rigorous grade-level work or personalized learning? Research shows closing student achievement gaps requires both
National data indicate that approximately three of every five students begin the school year below grade level, with those numbers even higher for low-income students and students of color. Educators know this is a problem, with one survey showing 39 percent of teachers agreeing that most of their students start the school year academically prepared...
By Britt Neuhaus | October 14, 2019
Antonucci: California Teachers Association ramps up its property tax campaign, but it has a tough road ahead
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report The School and Communities First ballot initiative might be the biggest and most expensive school funding campaign battle in California history. Or, it might peter out as so many other similar attempts have in the past. There is evidence to support either view. The proposed...
By Mike Antonucci | October 10, 2019
When unions open their own charter schools — lessons from San Carlos’s Kwachiiyoa elementary
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report As difficult as it may be to believe nowadays, when teacher unions deem charter schools their mortal enemies, there was a brief period of time when they took a different approach. Affiliates of the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers once created their...
By Mike Antonucci | October 1, 2019
Rose & Weisberg: Do kids fall behind in math because there isn’t enough grade-level material, or because there’s too much? It’s both
Walk into almost any classroom in America, and you’ll find at least some students who’ve fallen behind the academic standards for their grade — meaning they’re at risk of not learning everything they’ll need to be ready for college and the lives they want to lead. Helping these students get back on the path to...
By Joel Rose and Daniel Weisberg | September 30, 2019
Tips for parents: Is this high-quality preschool really working? To find out, ask school leaders about these unseen issues
For many families, searching for a high-quality early education program can be a challenge. Aside from very real issues of cost and convenience, parents must consider a wide range of factors that will impact their children’s learning and development. And there is a catch — many of the key factors are not ones that families...
By Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones | September 23, 2019
California Teachers Association is flush with campaign cash to advocate for its 2020 agenda
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report There isn’t much to occupy California’s teachers unions politically for the rest of 2019, but that only allows them to accumulate more funds for what promises to be a very busy 2020 on the campaign trail. Choosing a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President,...
By Mike Antonucci | September 18, 2019
Fisher: Who you know — 3 ways schools can foster competency-based education by focusing on student relationships
Competency-based education has seen its fair share of champions over the past decade, offering the promise of a new architecture of learning. As the competency bandwagon continues to get more crowded, however, there is a critical — and too often ignored — through line between competencies and connections. My recent book, Who You Know, focused...
By Julia Freeland Fisher | September 17, 2019
Back to school but nothing’s normal. Schools mobilize to help children of immigrants after traumatic summer
It was a busy, if often frustrating, summer for the Trump administration’s many efforts to destabilize U.S. immigration policies. Federal judges ruled in August that, under a longstanding legal agreement, the administration was required to provide detained children at the border with “edible food, clean water, soap and toothpaste.” So the administration announced that it...
By Conor P. Williams and Rosario Quiroz Villarreal | September 16, 2019
Analysis: There are 14 months to go before Election Day 2020, but unions’ campaign for split-roll property tax has already begun
Mike Antonucci’s Union Report appears weekly at LA School Report You have to give California’s public employee unions credit for their dogged determination to undo Proposition 13, the state’s landmark property tax limitation initiative approved by voters in 1978. Forty years of failed attempts and tens of millions of dues dollars spent without even managing...
By Mike Antonucci | September 11, 2019
Commentary: California helps schools treat kids with trauma before a crisis occurs. Other states should give students this kind of support
Twenty years ago, a groundbreaking study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the ubiquity of childhood trauma and its long-term impact on health and behavior. I was in my sixth year of college at the time, struggling to focus on my coursework as I recovered from years of watching my alcoholic...
By Alfredo Rubalcava | September 10, 2019