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Morning Read: Federal spending on children projected to drop substantially over next decade — and 6 more must-reads

LA School Report | July 19, 2018



Good morning! 7 must-reads on the education beat today: 

Federal spending on children projected to drop substantially over next decade

Federal spending on children will drop about a quarter within a decade, as appropriations for the elderly and rising interest payments on a soaring national debt will squeeze spending on America’s youth, the Urban Institute projected in a report issued Tuesday. This will happen even though the proportion of children living in poverty is double that of senior citizens: 18 percent to 9 percent. By John Fensterwald, EdSource

California Graduation Rates Lag Behind Other States, SpeakUP

Judge dismisses two Montebello school board members from whistleblower lawsuit, San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Unaccompanied immigrant youth find refuge in Oakland UnifiedEdSource

New Study of Common Core Reading Standards Finds Teachers Aren’t Giving Students Appropriately Challenging Texts, The 74

Teachers at work in summer learning programs report these 5 benefitsHechinger Report

Behind The Campaign To Get Teachers To Leave Their Unions, NPR

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WEDNESDAY, JULLY 18: Lawsuit accuses California county of criminalizing bad grades

How one California county is criminalizing bad grades

A new lawsuit claims that a program meant to provide mentorship and guidance for students in Riverside County, California, is actually funneling them into the criminal justice system and violating their constitutional rights. On July 1, the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of four plaintiffs, filed a federal lawsuit against Riverside County, as well as two leaders of the county’s probation department, over the Youth Accountability Team program. The program, run by the Riverside County Probation Department, counsels local “at risk” youth and administers a six-month supervision period, intended to divert them from criminal activity. By P.R. Lockhart, Vox

Auditors call for criminal investigation of Montebello school system, Los Angeles Times 

Oakland charter school approved amid concerns over fiscal impact on district, EdSource

As Universal Pre-K Struggles to Secure a Nationwide Platform, It Finds Hope in Cities Like Chicago, The 74

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World, NPR

With Successful Strikes Behind Them, Teachers Are Now Running for Office, Education Week 

Is your teen online a lot? Study finds mild link between ADHD and digital media use, USA Today


TUESDAY, JULY 17: Non-citizens allowed to vote for San Francisco Board of Education

City begins registering non-citizens for Board of Education elections 

For the first time in California, non-citizens can vote after The San Francisco Department of elections on Monday issued registration forms that permit them to vote for members of the San Francisco Board of Education. However the new policy came with a warning that registering to vote as a non-citizen provides the federal government with both the name and address of those who have found sanctuary in San Francisco. By Ian Williams, San Francisco Examiner

As Gov. Brown urges work on new online college, community college faculty drop their opposition, EdSource

Walters: The new players in California school war, Mercury News

See how your local high school performed on AP tests in the Sacramento region, Sacramento Bee

American Schools Are Safer Than Ever, but Annual Education Poll Reveals 1 in 3 Parents Now Fear That Their Children Are in Danger on Daily Basis, The 74

What It’s Like To Be A School Therapist, HuffPost

Career and Technical Education Bill Expected to Clear Senate by Month’s End, Politics K-12


MONDAY, JULY 16: Senate committee approves $71 billion Education Department spending bill, looks to bring to floor for first time in 11 years

Senate committee approves $71 billion Education Department spending bill, looks to bring to floor for first time in 11 years

Overall, the spending bill would provide $71.4 billion for the Education Department in fiscal 2019, with increases for the department’s primary K-12 programs, including Title I grants for low-income schools, grants for special education, and charter schools. A House subcommittee already passed an Education Department funding bill, but the full House Appropriations Committee has twice postponed a markup of the bill. It’s not clear when it will take it up again.

Though the final Senate version is “a bill neither one of us would have written on our own,” it’s a good compromise and keeps with committee leaders’ pledge to put forward bills both parties can agree to, said Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Education Department. Sen. Patty Murray, the subcommittee’s ranking Democrat, gave similar praise, adding that she is particularly glad that the committee did not accede to the Trump administration’s proposed cuts, including to education programs. By Carolyn Phenicie, The 74

Here’s how many students passed AP classes at every California high schoolSchool Data Nerd

L.A. Unified School District wisely cools its heels on a parcel taxLos Angeles Times

Educators to Trump school safety commission: Don’t repeal Obama discipline guidelinesEdSource

Parent Explainer Video: What the heck is ‘personalized learning’ anyway?The 74

Khan Academy launches free early learning educational app for toddlersUSA Today

On Twitter and Reddit, calls from students to #rescoreJuneSATWashington Post


THURSDAY, JULY 12: UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students

UC opens doors to record number of Californians, led by growth in transfer students

The University of California opened its doors to a record number of Californians for fall 2018, led by growth in transfer students from across the state. The preliminary data reflect UC’s stepped-up efforts to reach more deeply across California for community college students, as it responds to growing pressure from Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature to open access for more residents. Brown has long advocated the transfer option as a cheaper alternative to a four-year degree. By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

Battle ramps up to convince California school employees to withhold union fees, EdSource

LAUSD Board Punts On Parcel Tax After Superintendent Suggests Success More Likely In 2020, Speak UP

NEA Budget Cuts Don’t Include Executives’ Salaries, The 74

Will new standards improve elementary science education?Hechinger Report

Counseling, Mental Health Access Dominate Federal School Safety Meeting, Education Week

Can Writing Skills Help Bridge The Education Gap?, Forbes

Pencils down: Major colleges stop requiring essay test for admission, Washington Post

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