To protect schools from mass shootings, advocates urge senators to tie federal education aid to adoption of tighter security measures
The federal government should do more to force schools to adopt best safety practices, advocates from Florida argued at a Senate hearing in Washington, D.C. last week. “We know that we cannot prevent 100 percent of these school mass murders, but we know that we can absolutely mitigate a lot of the risk,” said Max...
By Carolyn Phenicie | July 29, 2019
Why Title I spending has emerged as a key education issue of the 2020 campaign — and why Democrats’ plan to boost funding without accountability could be a ‘Santa Claus approach to education policy’
EDlection 2020 pop quiz: What do the K-12 platforms of Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg have in common? Answer: They all want to increase spending on Title I, the federal grants started in the 1960s to boost the education of low-income children. Biden and Sanders want to triple the funding, currently $15.9 billion a year, while...
By Carolyn Phenicie | July 29, 2019
Teacher spotlight: Dodson Middle School’s Joshua Sensabaugh on why the arts can stimulate learning and how the community can be involved
This interview is one in a series spotlighting Los Angeles teachers, their unique and innovative classroom approaches, and their thoughts on how the education system can better support teachers in guiding students to success. Joshua Sensabaugh grew up in a family of educators but he never planned to become one. Then after college, while he was teaching...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 24, 2019
With less than half of LAUSD’s prospective graduates eligible for California State University system, college trustees eye adding another requirement
The California State University system this week is considering a new admissions requirement for incoming freshmen — a development that’s sparked opposition from L.A. Unified, where less than half of the prospective graduates are eligible to apply under current standards. CSU’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday will review an informal proposal to add a fourth...
By Taylor Swaak | July 22, 2019
Teacher spotlight: Telfair Elementary’s Rita Ontiveros on being a ‘positive rock’ for low-income and homeless students, the need for more nurses and counselors, and what’s really happening in a kindergarten classroom
This interview is one in a series spotlighting Los Angeles teachers, their unique and innovative classroom approaches, and their thoughts on how the education system can better support teachers in guiding students to success. After 23 years teaching kindergartners at L.A. Unified’s Telfair Elementary in Pacoima, Rita Ontiveros has seen kindergarten — and her students’...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 17, 2019
SEL in the House: Democrats approve millions in landmark federal funding for social-emotional learning in bill that now faces test in Senate
In what’s been described as a landmark investment from the federal government in social-emotional learning, the House of Representatives approved a spending bill last month that included $260 million in funding for what it calls “whole child” initiatives within the Department of Education. The funding is divided into four areas: 1. $170 million through the Education...
By Kate Stringer | July 17, 2019
California charter school regulations pass Senate Education Committee after marathon session and intervention by Gov. Newsom
After a seven-hour hearing and in a room inundated with advocates in color-coordinated T-shirts, the California Senate Education Committee narrowly passed two bills this week that will more strictly regulate charters, including giving local districts greater leeway to deny charter applications. The sharply contested bills split the committee 4-3, with state Sen. Steve Glazer, a...
By Noble Ingram | July 12, 2019
In new legal complaint, parents say LAUSD is failing to ensure high-needs students are getting the funding they deserve
*Updated July 23: The California Department of Education on Monday declined to directly intervene, and sent the legal complaint to L.A. Unified and the L.A. County Office of Education to “promptly investigate.” The district and the county have until Sept. 20 to respond. See the CDE letter here. A June 28 version of L.A. Unified’s LCAP, which...
By Taylor Swaak | July 12, 2019
Biden-Harris exchange makes busing a surprise focus of 2020 campaign. How will it affect the debate over integration?
So are the Democrats going to bus kids across town to integrate schools, or what? That’s the question that has captivated the political media the last two weeks. While the Trump administration has careened from one news cycle to the next, absorbing damaging headlines on everything from its treatment of detained migrants to the president’s...
By Kevin Mahnken | July 10, 2019
Silicon Valley-funded startup AltSchool ends management of its private lab schools but invests in growing national network of partner schools
The education startup AltSchool, founded in 2013 by two Silicon Valley alumni, has announced that it’s breaking from the chain of four private microschools it operates in the Bay Area and New York City. The schools are known for their tiny class sizes and emphasis on “student-centered learning,” which tailors curriculum to each individual student’s...
By Noble Ingram | July 9, 2019