LA charter schools could suffer ‘devastating’ consequences under new GOP tax bill
When KIPP Academy of Opportunity in Los Angeles opened its doors at the start of this school year, its 400 students were, for the first time in several years, all under one roof. The school opened in 2003, but Los Angeles’s tight real estate market forced the network to split the students, fifth- through eighth-graders,...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 21, 2017 8:15 am
Getting foster youth to schools — LA County contracts with HopSkipDrive to meet ESSA requirements
(This article first appeared in The Chronicle of Social Change.) HopSkipDrive, a child-focused ride-sharing company, announced Tuesday a partnership with Los Angeles County’s Office of Education (LACOE) to transport foster youth to school. Moving at what one official called a “fast and furious” pace to rectify its failure to comply with foster care mandates enshrined in the federal...
By Daniel Heimpel | November 21, 2017 7:50 am
4 steps schools can take to boost family engagement and make parents partners in their kids’ success
One of the most important factors affecting children’s academic success doesn’t come from the classroom — it comes from the support of students’ families. The research is clear: When parents are engaged, children are more likely to succeed. Studies from the U.S. Department of Education, Harvard University, and elsewhere have catalogued the powerful effects of schools’ partnerships...
By Jessica Lander | November 20, 2017 7:44 am
Ed Dept. picks including LA’s Jim Blew are confronted in confirmation hearings with same battles that faced DeVos: vouchers, ESSA, Title IX
The familiar battles that have surrounded Education Secretary Betsy DeVos since her own contentious confirmation — private school choice, implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, Title IX, and even guns — remained at the fore Wednesday afternoon as a Senate committee considered two top Education Department nominees. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee considered...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 16, 2017 8:11 am
Far fewer undocumented students are applying for financial aid to attend California colleges— advocates cite fear and the end of DACA
*UPDATE: (New data released Nov. 21 to LA School Report show that the number of applications has increased to 46,568, which is only 4 percent below last year’s figure.) The number of undocumented students in California applying for financial aid for college has dropped 20 percent this year, which advocates say is a direct result of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 15, 2017 4:51 pm
LA education leaders unite to tell Sacramento: California’s public education is woefully underfunded and the problem isn’t fixed
The city’s education community sent a clear message Tuesday from downtown Los Angeles to legislators in Sacramento: the governor’s funding formula has not “fixed” the state’s woefully underfunded public education system. The LA Unified school board unanimously approved a resolution to spend resources to advocate in Sacramento to double education funding by 2020 to $20,000...
By Sarah Favot | November 14, 2017 6:10 pm