Education must-reads: From mandating later school start times to medical marijuana in class, 8 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)
LA School Report | October 14, 2019
Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.
California will become the first state in the nation to mandate later start times at most middle schools and high schools under legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday, a proposal designed to improve educational outcomes by giving students more sleep.
The new law, however, is not without controversy. It was opposed by some school officials and rejected twice before by lawmakers and Newsom’s predecessor. By Tarin Luna, Los Angeles Times
Here’s how boy band BTS inspired a school in South L.A. to teach Korean culture, Los Angeles Daily News
D.C. increasing education spending by at least $20 million, The Washington Post
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See previous morning roundups below:
THURSDAY, OCT. 10:
California’s largest school district signaled Tuesday that it would reject a proposal to rank its schools on a 1 to 5 scale.
The Los Angeles Unified school board’s Curriculum and Instruction Committee approved a resolution introduced by board member Jackie Goldberg that calls for the district to suspend implementation of “any use of stars, scores, or any other rating system” for its schools. By Michael Burke, Ed Source
California puts $15-billion schools bond on March ballot, Los Angeles Times
Your Guide to ESSA’s New School-by-School Spending Mandate, Education Week
Teacher activism is making Red State governor’s races competitive, Hechinger Report
The law says public schools must give students with disabilities the services that meet their individual needs, but parents and districts often disagree on what those services should be or whether a student needs services at all.
Every year school districts across California settle thousands of these disputes by paying parents and lawyers millions of dollars in what are called due process cases. The number of due process cases has climbed in recent years, tapping into school districts’ already tight budgets. By Kristen Taketa, Los Angeles Times
A fence goes up to deter school shootings, and a neighborhood loses its park, Los Angeles Times
To Shrink Achievement Gap, Integrate School Districts, The Wall Street Journal
THURSDAY, OCT. 3:
The state’s largest school district on Tuesday approved an amended version of its 2019-20 school accountability plan, after a complaint was filed this summer about transparency and adequately serving high-needs students.
The Los Angeles Unified District school board voted 6-1 to approve the district’s latest Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which must be written every three years and updated annually in consultation with parents and the community.
This was the second pass at approving the 2019-20 plan, after a public interest law firm filed a complaint in July. Public Advocates, along with the Los Angeles law firm Covington & Burling, took their concerns directly to the California Department of Education to demand that the district provide more transparency into how dollars would be allocated to ensure adequate special education services. By Michael Burke, EdSource
LAUSD student data, now ‘kept on over 80 different databases,’ to be stored in one place, Los Angeles Daily News
Will UC schools drop their SAT scores requirement? Los Angeles Times
Study: Early Childhood Programs More Segregated Than K-12, Education Dive