Election Liveblog: Across California and beyond, all the latest updates on 56 races that could reshape education policy
From California to New York, we’ve been liveblogging the midterm elections and offering rolling results, insights and analysis of 56 key votes that could drive education policy beyond 2020. Follow along live in the window below; you can also join the conversation by clicking the “Comment” button beneath any post. To get in-depth coverage of...
By LA School Report | November 5, 2018
EDlection2018: San Francisco’s undocumented and legal non-citizens have their first chance to vote Tuesday — Here’s why most won’t
San Francisco on Tuesday will become the largest U.S. city to allow non-citizens to vote in a citywide election. But only a few dozen have registered as anti-immigrant rhetoric has intensified leading into the midterms. City voters two years ago approved the change, but for school board elections only, making it the first California city...
By Taylor Swaak | November 2, 2018
EDlection2018: To a divided nation, teachers running for office are telling America: We are just what you need
After watching a year’s worth of ugly fights over how to keep kids safe, how to value teachers, and how to get schools what they need, hundreds of educators across the country are running for office, many with the message that teachers are just what the nation needs because they know how to help people...
By Laura Fay | November 2, 2018
LAUSD sends new offer to its teachers union nearly meeting its salary demands, but class sizes keep the two sides apart
*Updated Oct. 31 LA Unified moved close to agreeing to all its teachers union’s salary demands, but the union called the new offer “insulting” for not matching its plan to lower class sizes. And the sweetened offer did not seem to put a damper on the union’s threats to strike. In a statement, its president...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 31, 2018
Countdown to EDlection2018, California & beyond: As midterms approach, here’s what new polls show in 16 key races with big stakes for schools
It has been a whiplash two years in American politics, and that has trickled down to education policy, from the controversial appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary to heated debates about school safety that have arisen in the wake of several mass school shootings. Now, with midterm elections only days away, it’s time for...
By Carolyn Phenicie and Kevin Mahnken | October 31, 2018
School safety tops young people’s list of election concerns. But will it lead them to vote?
The February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, and subsequent student activism around school safety and gun control are fueling young people’s political engagement ahead of next week’s midterm elections. “We can argue all we want, but the only way we win the argument [for more gun control] is when we go and we vote on...
By Carolyn Phenicie | October 29, 2018
Taking your kid out of school for vacation? This California beach town asks parents to cough up the cash it loses for every absence
What’s the value of one day of school? While the learning and development that happen for each child may be priceless, at least one California district has put a monetary value on it. Manhattan Beach Unified School District, in Los Angeles’s tony South Bay, asks parents to make a $47 donation each time a student...
By Laura Fay | October 29, 2018
California’s campaign for state superintendent costs more than most Senate races. Here’s why
*Updated Oct. 31 The 2018 midterm elections, marked by a slate of tightly contested races and a furious backlash against President Trump, will be the most expensive in history. Both Democratic and Republican aspirants in large media markets like Florida and Illinois have smashed quarterly fundraising records, with outside groups vastly outspending the official campaigns. In California,...
By Kevin Mahnken | October 23, 2018
Unleashing the youth vote: Power California’s Luis Sánchez is bringing 25 years’ experience mobilizing young people to the polls this November — along with thousands of new voters
*Updated Oct. 22 Luis Sánchez has spent 25 years mobilizing young people in Los Angeles and across California to fight for educational justice, from gaining equal access to a more rigorous curriculum to reducing suspension rates. But he has learned that to release their real power, they need to vote. “If their generation doesn’t vote,...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 22, 2018
Hundreds of LAUSD high schoolers to cast their first ballots at this week’s ‘Ready to Vote Party’
This is the first year that early voting centers are open in California, and a group that is working to reach every young adult in Los Angeles County — and 100,000 throughout the state — is holding an early-vote party Wednesday that will draw hundreds of Los Angeles high schoolers. Students from seven LA high...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 22, 2018