‘Parents zero, students zero’ — An L.A. teacher strike is a no-win situation, parents of LAUSD’s most vulnerable students tell community organizations
Parents of the most vulnerable students in Los Angeles are experiencing heightened stress in the run-up to a teacher strike because they feel they have the most to lose, say the leaders of two community organizations that work closely with parents of public school children. Their children are already behind academically, and the parents fear...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | January 7, 2019
What awaits California schools in the new year: The 6 big education stories we’re following in 2019
For California students, parents, teachers and education advocates, 2019 looks to be opening with a bang. In the first full week alone, a new governor will be inaugurated and teachers in the state’s largest school district are poised to strike — and Los Angeles could soon be followed by Oakland. Also, just months after the...
By Laura Greanias | January 6, 2019
LAUSD, UTLA back to the bargaining table & more: 8 teacher strike updates you might have missed over winter break
*Updated Jan. 7 As nearly half a million L.A. Unified students return from holiday break on Monday, the district and its teachers union plan to sit down for a last-ditch attempt to avert a strike. If there’s no agreement, United Teachers Los Angeles intends to strike Thursday. There are more than 30,000 UTLA members who...
By Taylor Swaak | January 3, 2019
How California’s Rural Education Network is creating an online hub to better connect remote schools and empower teachers to share experiences, strategies & classroom materials
Educators in rural communities face unique challenges, but they also have special strengths that aren’t always found in urban and suburban schools. In California, where 60 percent of districts are in towns or rural areas, a new project is leveraging those strengths to help educators connect with one another and get the support they need....
By Laura Fay | January 2, 2019
11 charts that changed the way we think about schools in 2018
Education can look static when viewed from 30,000 feet. Every year, tens of millions of kids enroll in public schools, most moving on to the next level in June. Change comes slowly, if at all. And certain verities — whether held by lawmakers, parents, or teachers — have always held true. But every year, a...
By Kevin Mahnken | January 1, 2019
Lessons from our year tracking school shootings: Students more likely to be hit by lightning than shot in class, yet fear of mass violence is driving policy
*Updated Jan. 2 In a Baltimore conference room filled with school-based police officers intent on stopping the next school shooting, psychologist Peter Langman offered a perspective that in 2018 seemed underappreciated, if not profound. “When you get out of your car and walk into the school building, you’ve just gone from the most dangerous place...
By Mark Keierleber | January 1, 2019
A day after mediation panel backs LAUSD’s salary offer, UTLA sets a January strike date
*Updated United Teachers Los Angeles will strike Jan. 10 if L.A. Unified doesn’t take “a dramatically different approach” to negotiations, the union announced Wednesday. “[By] refusing to invest in our schools, the district has disrespected our students and disrespected us,” Alex Caputo-Pearl, the union’s president, said at a morning news conference. “We’ve reached the point...
By Taylor Swaak | December 19, 2018
Trump school safety commission recommends rejection of Obama-era discipline reform, encourages more armed staff and physical security
In a highly anticipated but controversial move, the Trump administration’s school safety commission recommended on Tuesday the repeal of Obama-era school discipline guidance that pushed schools to reduce their reliance on suspensions and warned them that racial disparities in punishments could violate federal civil rights laws. The recommendation is one of many in a new...
By Mark Keierleber | December 18, 2018
What’s in a report card? Depends on who you ask. New report shows that parents and teachers have very different understandings of grades & tests
If a child earns a B– in math on his report card, is that a good grade, or does it mean he’s the worst in the class? Ask a parent and a teacher, and you’ll likely hear very different answers. But that disconnect is just the beginning when it comes to how these two groups...
By Kate Stringer | December 17, 2018
The 18 most popular articles we published in 2018 about Los Angeles schools & the state of education across California
For Los Angeles, 2018 ushered in a new superintendent, new promises to students, new hiring freedoms for principals and new warnings about the school district’s precarious finances. In education news around California, graduation rates rose but the state showed no improvement in getting its high school seniors eligible for state universities — even though California students...
By Laura Greanias | December 17, 2018