LAUSD to consider housing homeless students and their families on district properties
LA Unified is poised to consider using district property to house homeless students and their families. Kelly Gonez, who authored the resolution that’s up for a school board vote Tuesday, said that to her knowledge, this would be a first for the district. The resolution, co-sponsored by Mónica García and Nick Melvoin, would ask Superintendent Austin...
By Taylor Swaak | November 12, 2018
More parents, less district: LAUSD’s new superintendent readies his strategic plan to bring change to LA schools
Six months after taking over as LA Unified’s superintendent and vowing to bring change, Austin Beutner is weeks away from unveiling his strategic plan for the nation’s second-largest school district. Beutner shared some of his plan’s goals after a parent summit last week at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels downtown, one of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 12, 2018
Midterm post-mortem: Was the election a repudiation of ed reform? Or just a sign that it’s going ‘under the radar’?
Education reform, at least its most contentious elements, didn’t have a great night Tuesday. In Arizona, nearly two-thirds of voters rejected a bid by lawmakers to provide education savings accounts to all students. In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, a villain of teachers unions, lost his bid for a third term to state Superintendent Tony Evers, who wants...
By Carolyn Phenicie | November 12, 2018
LAUSD’s ‘signs of fiscal distress’ trigger two new warnings, including risk of going broke within three years
*Updated Nov. 9 LA Unified’s budget has been approved for now by its county overseers, but they gave the district a new deadline for it to address its structural deficit or face a takeover. In a letter delivered late Thursday, the Los Angeles County Office of Education said the district’s continued use of deficit spending —...
By Laura Greanias | November 9, 2018
Despite post-Parkland surge in youth vote, student activists largely fail to oust pro-gun candidates in midterms
In the months that followed February’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, student survivors launched a large-scale campaign to encourage youth voter turnout — and to knock pro-gun lawmakers out of power. The success of those young people on Election Day, however, is open to debate. While Parkland activists played a role in encouraging a...
By Mark Keierleber | November 8, 2018
EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom focuses on immigrants, children and families in his victory speech after being elected California’s governor
Gavin Newsom accepted his victory in California’s race for governor with a speech focused on immigrants, children and keeping families together. Newsom, 51, will be the first governor in decades to hold office while raising young children. He has four children, ages 2 to 9, which, he has said, makes him “more righteous about public...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 8, 2018
EDlection2018: Education reformer Marshall Tuck has narrow lead in extremely close race for California’s state superintendent of schools — once again the most expensive schools chief race in election history
*Updated Nov. 19 — Marshall Tuck conceded Nov. 17, and Tony Thurmond will be the next state superintendent. See new article here. After the costliest race ever for a state schools chief, education reformer Marshall Tuck appears to have narrowly won his second bid for California’s superintendent of public instruction, according to unofficial results from the...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 7, 2018
EDlection2018: Gavin Newsom easily wins governor’s race in California, which he vows to make ‘a state of results and of refuge’
*Updated Nov. 7 with new poll results Gavin Newsom easily defeated John Cox to become governor of California in a race that in effect was a referendum on President Donald Trump and his policies. “Too many Californians are priced out of housing, healthcare and higher education. Too many children are growing up in poverty and...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | November 7, 2018
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