Fake news isn’t just an internet problem, it’s a classroom crisis. A new push for media literacy
By Tim Newcomb Alarm over the ease with which Americans are duped by fake news continues to grow. With propaganda-filled stories and hoax articles crowding social media feeds — where more than 60 percent of people in the United States now get their news — during the recent election cycle, lack of media literacy among...
By Guest Contributor | December 1, 2016 10:44 pm
How does a school succeed in LAUSD? By getting around the bureaucracy, principals say
LA Unified success stories from a raft of school models were on display Tuesday, and the unifying theme was how school leaders had to get around district bureaucracy in order to succeed. Principals from affiliated charters, magnets, pilots and choice schools touted their successes at the Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Equity Committee. All of them...
By Mike Szymanski | November 30, 2016 9:00 am
DACA supporters fear what Attorney General Jeff Sessions would mean for immigrant youth
If there was any question whether President-elect Donald Trump would make a U-turn on his immigration agenda after the election, it was quickly answered with this month’s announcement that he was tapping Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) to be attorney general. For years, Sessions has led the charge in Congress to curb, repeal, and resist efforts...
By Naomi Nix | November 30, 2016 7:48 am
Vouchers, union dues, transgender students: How the high court may rule under Trump
One of the longest-lasting impacts of Donald Trump’s presidency will be on the Supreme Court. The nomination of at least one justice, to replace the late Antonin Scalia, and the legal positions advanced by Trump’s executive branch nominees could have dramatic consequences for any number of pending and future education-related cases. Five such cases have...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 29, 2016 6:56 am
LAUSD softens ‘disruptive person’ letters, but parents are still angry
Disruptive Person Letters that can be used to keep certain people from school campuses are still being angrily criticized by some parents, despite LA Unified’s attempt at softening some of the language and adding appeals procedures. A committee reviewing the policy on Tuesday spent nearly three hours discussing the issue with more than a dozen people...
By Mike Szymanski | November 22, 2016 3:17 pm
Los Angeles DACA students fear deportation but remain hopeful they can pursue their college dreams
Undocumented students, known as “Dreamers,” are fearful about their future in this country under the new Trump administration. Thousands of DACA beneficiaries live with the knowledge that the program that has protected them from deportation could end, but they are not ready to give up on their dream of achieving a college education. Kathia García, who was...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 22, 2016 2:38 pm