‘The numbers are ugly’: Chronic absenteeism among California elementary students could be surging by more than 200 percent
Eleven districts in California are seeing an 89 percent surge in chronic absenteeism among students in elementary grades compared to last year at this time, according to new data presented to the California Department of Education. That means nearly one in five students has missed 10 percent of school so far this year. But the...
By Linda Jacobson | December 1, 2020
Using tutors to combat COVID learning loss: New research shows that even lightly trained volunteers drive academic gains
As students seek to cope with the threat of learning losses wreaked by COVID-19 and months-long school closures, some families have already hit upon a solution of sorts: hiring professional tutors. The idea — commonsensical for the well-off, but prohibitively expensive for most — has engendered a storm of controversy. If a small portion of...
By Kevin Mahnken | November 2, 2020
Democratic school choice advocates struggle to be heard over the din of COVID, Trump & recession as virtual convention ushers in election’s final phase
Every four years, education reformers dare to dream that a presidential election will finally hinge on the issue of school choice. And each time, their hopes are crushed as wars, recessions, and scandals bump their top priority out of the spotlight. The unique conditions of the 2020 election, in which a deadly pandemic and a...
By Kevin Mahnken | August 19, 2020
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