Raising the ‘red flag’ in school: From New York to Hawaii to California, new laws are empowering educators to remove firearms from students deemed dangerous
Over the next several weeks, The 74 will be publishing stories reported and written before the coronavirus pandemic. Their publication was sidelined when schools across the country abruptly closed, but we are sharing them now because the information and innovations they highlight remain relevant to our understanding of education. Riverhead, New York Under oath in...
By Mark Keierleber | July 7, 2020
L.A. district & Snapchat created a celebrity book club for students. More online engagement is in the works
Singer Alicia Keys had a heartfelt book recommendation for the nearly 700,000 students of the Los Angeles Unified School District. So she shared it on Snapchat for any L.A. student to download for free, marking the launch of the A-List Book Club. She’s only one of the celebrity participants in a virtual effort led by...
By Tim Newcomb | July 2, 2020
Sidewalk School, born of Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy, goes virtual amid pandemic
In 2019, The Sidewalk School opened in a cramped tent city on the U.S.-Mexico border. Now its students, craving educational opportunities in the States, face their latest challenge: learning during a pandemic The Sidewalk School in Matamoros, Mexico, founded last summer by two American volunteers, defied convention from the start. Located just three miles from...
By Jo Napolitano | June 30, 2020
Ambitious research project — to review how every school in America responded to COVID-19 — aims to deliver its first findings in early July
A new research effort underway at Tulane University aims to track how every K-12 school in the United States — district, charter and private — responded to the coronavirus pandemic and the abrupt shift to remote learning that came with it. Led by economist and education researcher Douglas Harris, the project is part of REACH, the National...
By Laura Fay | June 29, 2020
College classes for HS students have been growing in popularity. But with K-12 schools shuttered, COVID is fueling a dual-enrollment boom
Amber Bennett was 11 when she took her first class at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. As a seventh-grader, she was eligible for College Credit Plus, a statewide dual enrollment program designed to increase access for low-income students, students who were the first in their families to attend college and children of color. “It...
By Charlotte West | June 25, 2020
Teacher Spotlight: Alexandra Chavez on helping create a first-of-its-kind social and gender equity magnet school, focusing on whole child learning and striving to be patient
Over the next several weeks, LA School Report will be publishing stories reported and written before the coronavirus pandemic. Their publication was sidelined when schools across the country abruptly closed, but we are sharing them now because the information and innovations they highlight remain relevant to our understanding of education. This interview is one in...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | June 23, 2020
DACA teachers across the country embrace SCOTUS ruling allowing them to ‘live, work without fear’
Bilingual special education teacher Karen Reyes was in her Austin, Texas, home, using sign language to tell a story about an elephant and a pig to her 4- and 5-year-old students, when the text messages started rolling in. Not yet, she thought to herself, trying to stay calm, aware of the kids watching her over...
By Zoë Kirsch | June 22, 2020
Education groups rejoice as Supreme Court blocks Trump efforts to end DACA program, but warn decision is merely ‘first step’
Education groups cheered a Supreme Court opinion Thursday that blocked the Trump administration’s efforts to end a program that provides work authorization and deportation relief to some 650,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children. The administration’s move to terminate the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program — in...
By Mark Keierleber | June 19, 2020
California joins 17 other states in suing to block DeVos’s changes to Title IX sexual misconduct rules
Democratic attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit June 4 against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, attempting to block regulations passed last month restricting sexual misconduct cases falling under Title IX, the federal law prohibiting sex-based discrimination. The state of New York also submitted its own complaint. The policy, scheduled to...
By Zoë Kirsch | June 16, 2020
From Los Angeles to New York City, ‘defunding the police’ — and shifting resources from law enforcement to schools — gains momentum
Fueled by protestors’ calls to remake urban police forces in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, officials from New York City to Los Angeles are trying to steer funds once earmarked for law enforcement toward education. While the efforts face several obstacles — a move to transfer $4 million from the police to schools in...
By Jo Napolitano | June 12, 2020