Education must-reads: From the end of ‘willful defiance’ suspensions to charter schools facing uncertainty under new state law, 10 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)
Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy. California Expands Ban on ‘Willful Defiance’ Suspensions in Schools California schools will no longer be able to suspend students in elementary and middle school for disrupting school activities or “willfully defying” the authority of...
By LA School Report | September 11, 2019
Morning Read: Is 100% graduation an achievable and realistic goal for LAUSD?
Editorial: Is the Los Angeles Unified School District overpromising again? We’re all for ambitious goals and bold moves to transform the school district so that it can provide a meaningful, high-quality education to L.A.’s students, many of whom are low-income or English learners. Unquestionably, it will be a happy day when L.A. Unified gets close...
By LA School Report | October 31, 2016
Morning Read: Delays in resolving alleged wrongdoing by teachers is costing LAUSD, state audit says
LA Unified has persistent problems resolving allegations of teacher misconduct A state audit released Thursday shows that LA Unified has continued problems in dealing with allegations involving alleged wrongdoing by teachers and holding down the costs related to them. After a series of high-profile abuse cases, the district paid $12.6 million in ongoing salaries to...
By LA School Report | October 28, 2016
Morning Read: Lincoln High math teacher wins national award
Lincoln High math teacher wins prestigious national award Anthony Yom, the Abraham Lincoln High School math teacher who earned national recognition for helping his students conquer the Advanced Placement Calculus exam, has won the Escalante-Gradillas Prize for Best in Education, which recognizes “life-changing” educators who promote academic integrity and rigor. The award is named for the...
By LA School Report | October 27, 2016
Morning Read: California will administer new science tests, despite federal push to use old tests
California officials reject federal government’s push to administer old science tests California education officials have decided that students will take only one statewide standardized test in science this spring, a pilot test based on new standards known as the Next Generation Science Standards. The decision, made in recent weeks, pits state education officials against the...
By LA School Report | October 26, 2016
Morning Read: California group examines preschool suspensions
Group of educators, policymakers aims to tackle preschool suspensions California preschools are mirroring an alarming national trend, suspending or expelling children from preschools far too frequently. This is the judgment of a group of state educators, policymakers and representatives of public agencies, including the California Department of Education, who are working on a proposal that...
By LA School Report | October 25, 2016
Morning Read: California attorney general calls for improvements in student attendance reporting, especially in early grades
California attorney general calls for state actions to improve student attendance California Attorney General Kamala Harris on Wednesday called for the California Department of Education to take over a job that her office has done for the past four years: release an annual data analysis on chronic student absenteeism. The request came as part of a 10-point...
By LA School Report | October 20, 2016
Morning Read: Not one teacher lives in LAUSD’s affordable housing units built for them
LAUSD teachers earn too much to live in the affordable housing apartments built for them In the mid-2000s, in the midst of a housing boom, the Los Angeles Unified School District realized that skyrocketing rents were fueling teacher turnover. Nearly half of all new teachers in some neighborhoods were leaving the district after three years. L.A....
By LA School Report | October 19, 2016
Morning Read: Huntington Park leaders call for ban on new charters for one year
Huntington Park leaders want to ban new charter schools for a year The small, densely populated city of Huntington Park is peppered with schools, about two dozen in 3 square miles. At least 10 are charters, and city leaders contend they’re bringing in unwanted traffic. Their solution is to try to ban new charter schools....
By LA School Report | October 18, 2016
Morning Read: California ballot measure may overturn law limiting bilingual education
Californians, having curbed bilingual education, may now expand It In 1998, voters in California passed a law that severely restricted bilingual education in public schools, arguing that students were languishing in their native language and that requiring English-only instruction would speed up the time it took children to learn English. Now voters are being asked...
By LA School Report | October 17, 2016