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
Morning Read: Duel between California, Obama administration over education continues
Science instruction is changing in California and 17 other states In an unexpected response two weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Education rejected California’s application for a federal waiver from having to administer the California Standards Tests in science, a multiple choice test based on outdated science standards adopted nearly two decades ago. What makes...
By LA School Report | October 14, 2016
Morning Read: NYT editorial board calls NAACP anti-charter resolution ‘ill-advised’
A misguided attack on charter schools The N.A.A.C.P., the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, has struggled in recent years to win over younger African-Americans, who often see the group as out of touch. The N.A.A.C.P.’s board will reinforce that impression if it ratifies an ill-advised resolution — scheduled for a vote this weekend — that...
By LA School Report | October 13, 2016
Morning Read: 3 Magnolia charter schools could be shut down over use of teachers from Turkey
Magnolia charters face closure over past use of teachers from Turkey Three Los Angeles charter schools could be shut down, largely because of their practice of bringing in teachers from Turkey, The Times has learned. The schools are part of a group of 10 campuses operated by locally based Magnolia Public Schools, which has relied heavily on using temporary work...
By LA School Report | October 12, 2016
Morning Read: How Great Public Schools Now came to donate to LAUSD schools
Why an organization once seen as LA Unified’s biggest threat now plans to give money to LAUSD schools In late January, a mere three weeks into her tenure as Los Angeles Unified School District’s superintendent, Michelle King welcomed two surprising guests into her office: representatives of the nonprofit group that sprouted from the controversial “Great...
By LA School Report | October 11, 2016
Morning Read: LAUSD says it will pay lifetime benefits to El Camino teachers
L.A. Unified backs down and agrees to provide lifetime benefits to charter school teachers The Los Angeles school district and a well-known charter school have quietly resolved a conflict in a way that will help a group of employees but deepen the district’s long-term budget deficit. L.A. Unified has agreed to pay lifetime health benefits...
By LA School Report | October 10, 2016
Morning Read: Local parents fear clown pranks and have called LA schools, which have not reported any incidents
Clown hoax brings warnings from authorities The national craze of clowns scaring school-aged children has caused concern for local parents. LA Unified School Police Chief Steven Zipperman said that several district schools “have fielded calls from concerned parents regarding social media reports of individuals with a clown persona committing potential acts of violence.” There is...
By LA School Report | October 7, 2016