As Gov. Brown allocates more education funding, LAUSD moves to make sure its neediest schools benefit the most
Responding to years of pressure by Los Angeles community and education advocates, LA Unified next month may commit to funding schools based on a new ranking that gives priority to those with the highest-need students. Nearly $140 million in new funding is expected to flow to the district in the next two years as part...
By Laura Greanias | April 4, 2018
New ways of teaching math to California’s English learners are getting results, report says
As California struggles to close a stubborn achievement gap for its English learners, integrating math education with English language development can be a key to unlocking their potential, a new study says. The Education Trust—West report, Unlocking Learning II: Math as a Lever for English Learner Equity, highlights school districts — including three in the...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 29, 2018
LAUSD moves to streamline how schools are rated, making it easier for parents to compare and evaluate them
Los Angeles parents will get a simpler way to evaluate and compare schools, if a plan by three LA Unified school board members is passed next month that gives schools a single score or rating based primarily on student achievement and growth. It’s been five years since the Academic Performance Index, which ranked California schools...
By Laura Greanias | March 28, 2018
Los Angeles moms are honored for their ‘parent power’ — volunteers who are transforming their schools and electing leaders
Six Los Angeles moms who started out as classroom and field trip volunteers — then helped elect a school board member — were honored Tuesday with the 2018 Hart Vision Volunteers of the Year Award by the California Charter Schools Association. Xitlali Castro, Ramona López, Esmeralda Medina, Roxann Nazario, Mireya Pacheco, and Bielma Pérez, all...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | March 27, 2018
Exclusive analysis: New USC survey shows public support for charter schools has jumped 10 points in last year
For Democrats and Republicans alike, charter schools have long provided a happy compromise between vouchers for religious schools and no school choice at all. Charters give families an alternative schooling option but remain publicly funded, secular institutions authorized by government agencies. They have been warmly endorsed by Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama,...
By Paul Peterson and Albert Cheng | March 27, 2018
The view from inside Saturday’s March for Our Lives: Students demand a revolution in gun control — and lead a deafening moment of silence — in Washington, D.C.
For nearly six minutes Saturday, school shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez stood at a podium in front of almost 1 million people, on national television, and said nothing. It was a remarkable and chilling silence — one that rang louder than the star-studded musical performances that took the stage in Washington, D.C., before Gonzalez got up to speak. “Six minutes...
By Emmeline Zhao | March 25, 2018