Education must-reads: From the passage of bill that would limit charters’ growth to ex-Puerto Rico schools chief indicted in corruption probe, 11 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)
LA School Report | July 10, 2019
Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.
After weeks of negotiation, Gov. Gavin Newsom has stepped in to scale back proposed legislation that charter school advocates feared would radically slow charter growth.
On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee held a hearing on Assembly Bill 1505, which included a substantial number of amendments that Newsom’s office submitted after numerous discussions between his advisers and representatives of charters schools, organized labor and the bill’s author, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach, according to sources familiar with the discussions.
With the final vote expected at day’s end, Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Connie Leyva, D-Chino, characterized the amended bill as “the makings of a deal with the governor’s office” and said she is “cautiously optimistic’ that remaining issues can be resolved over the summer for passage in the fall. By John Fensertwald, EdSource
UCLA employee may have spread measles at campus food court, Los Angeles Times
Elementary Education Has Gone Terribly Wrong, The Atlantic
The messy reality of personalized learning, Hechinger Report
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See previous morning roundups below:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10:
The eighth-grade English class at Magnolia Science Academy 3 met last semester in an unusual setting: a carved-out rectangle in the school’s office, formed by portable dividers.
Cramped quarters have forced such coping strategies at the charter school, which would like to rent more space at the roomy campus it shares with Curtiss Middle School in Carson. But so far, a solution to its problem has proved out of reach.
Under state law, charters — which are privately operated — are entitled to a “reasonably equivalent” share of space on public school campuses. The Los Angeles Unified School District says Magnolia already occupies its fair share, and though the district could choose to provide more space, it won’t — for reasons officials have not clearly explained. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Government Cooperation on Immigration Enforcement Means Fewer Hispanic Students, U.S. News and World Report
TUESDAY, JULY 9:
Heather Williams knew as a kid that she wanted to be a piano teacher. She earned her music degree with a piano emphasis from Brigham Young University and spent decades honing her craft.
Today she not only runs her own academy near Sacramento, offering private lessons with a special certification in the Suzuki Method of instruction, but also teaches in public schools, though she lacks a state teaching credential.
How? Via a loophole that lets charter schools skip some of the credentialing required of teachers in traditional public school classrooms. The exception has allowed Williams to offer music instruction to homeschool charter students and to group classes in brick-and-mortar charters such as the Sacramento-based California Montessori Project network. By Richard Cano, CALmatters
When LAUSD’s random searches of students end, what’s next for school safety?, Los Angeles Times
Some charter school leaders made more money than San Diego Unified’s superintendent, San Diego Union-Tribune
What does ‘career readiness’ look like in middle school?, Hechinger Report
An Education Horror Show, Wall Street Journal
MONDAY, JULY 8:
California may soon join most states in creating a 5-year high school graduation rate as a way of crediting districts and high schools that help students who return to school after senior year to earn a diploma.
The State Board of Education is expected to adopt the rate at its meeting on Wednesday; it would go into effect in time for the next release of the California School Dashboard, the color-coded system for rating district and school performance on a number of measures, including high school graduation rates.
The new rate would not replace the 4-year graduation rate, which follows a cohort of students from 9th through 12th grades. The state would continue to report that to the U.S. Department of Education and on state databases. However, the 5-year rate would become the key measure for the state’s own school accountability system; the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act permits this option, according to state officials. As proposed, the new rate would likely raise the graduation rate, though only slightly. By John Fensterwald, EdSource