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Education must-reads: From Santa Clarita students returning to school after last week’s deadly shooting to the Democratic party calling for charters to have publicly elected boards, 10 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)

LA School Report | November 20, 2019

Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.

Saugus High School students return to campus after deadly shooting

Students returned to Saugus High School on Tuesday for the first time since last week’s campus shooting, which left three students dead, including the gunman.

School officials allowed students to gather the things they had to leave behind during the deadly incident.

Students and parents walked past rows of TV cameras, leaving flowers and hand-written notes at a makeshift memorial outside the gates of the school. Balloons bearing the initials of two young victims fluttered in the wind as teachers hugged those returning to campus. By David Wagner, LAist

California Democratic Party says charter schools should have publicly elected boards, EdSource

Uptick in school threats reported in region after Saugus High shooting in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles Daily News

Schools keep hiring counselors, but students’ stress levels are only growing, EdSource

California attorney general sues Juul, alleging vape ads reached youths, Sand Francisco Chronicle

California State University Wants to Raise Admissions Standards. Will It Shut Out Black and Latino Students? Education Week

Petrilli: 2019 NAEP Results Show There’s Something Wrong Going On. 3 Theories About What Might Be Happening in Our Schools, and Beyond, The 74

Deep dive: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren on charter schools, Education Week

What happens when college students discuss lab work in Spanish, philosophy in Chinese or opera in Italian?, Hechinger Report

 Trump Backs Off His Pledge to Ban Flavored Vapes. What It Means for Schools, Education Week

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See previous morning roundups below:


Students talk through math in this California school. Now test scores are rising

California school districts have long struggled with a persistent gap in math test scores between racial and ethnic groups. But at one small rural school district, the gap between Latino and white students has narrowed more than it has at most districts in the state.

At Winship-Robbins Elementary School District, a single-school district in south Sutter County, the percentage of Latino students meeting or exceeding standards on the Smarter Balanced math test more than doubled over the last five years. And although their scores still slightly trail those of their white peers, the gap between them has narrowed by nearly 16 percentage points during that time. Sydney Johnson, EdSource

Santa Clarita shooting: Some fear active shooter training at schools can bring its own form of trauma, Los Angeles Times

Dozens of special education jobs need to be filled in San Diego Unified, San Diego Union-Tribune

Supporters of student who died after being restrained call for awareness and changes, Sacramento Bee

Two community colleges show how students can succeed without remedial math courses, EdSource

California is failing its students. Where is the outrage?, San Francisco Chronicle

Whitmire: With DACA in Danger at the Supreme Court, The Against-All-Odds Success of These Undocumented College Grads Deserves Its Own Hearing, The 74

Should Schools Be Able to Detect Every Would-Be Shooter?, Education Week

The Teacher Strikes That Could Hit Presidential Swing States in 2020, Politics K-12

Wealthy cities can afford to expand pre-K. What about everybody else?, The Hechinger Report



Turning co-location into collaboration: Los Angeles seeks mutual benefits in contentious practice

What was originally Westchester High School in Los Angeles wasn’t built to accommodate the drop-off and pick-up routines of multiple schools. But with three magnet high schools under the Westchester Enriched Science Magnets umbrella, a STEM middle school and two charter schools — Ocean and WISH — on the campus, that has become the reality.

The schools also share one auditorium, which has seen “years of neglect due to lack of funding,” says Rebecca Cunningham, whose daughter is in 7th grade at Katherine Johnson STEM Academy, a Los Angeles Unified School District school sharing the campus with the high school and the charters. “But, who should pay for that upkeep?” By Linda Jacobson, Education Dive 

University of California will support undocumented students, even if DACA ends, EdSource

DACA changed a generation of California immigrants. These are some of their stories, Los Angeles Times

California School Workers Charged with Manslaughter as Autistic Student Dies After Being Restrained, ABC News

We must remove obstacles that keep veterans from earning college degrees, CalMatters

Aldeman: 3 Differences Between California’s Teacher Pension System and Social Security That Have a Huge Impact on Retirees — New Report, The 74

They are the first in their family to attend college. Now they want to uplift others, Sacramento Bee

How Teachers Are Using the Trump Impeachment Inquiry as a Teachable Moment, NPR

Are Teachers Allowed to Think – Or Expected to Simply Follow Directions?, The Washington Post

 Many Youths Say a High School Diploma Is Enough to Succeed, Poll Shows. Experts Are Alarmed, USA TODAY



University of California heads to Supreme Court to defend protections for undocumented immigrants

The University of California will take its fight to protect immigrant students all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court next week.

The court hearing is the final match over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, which currently provides temporary protection from deportation and permission to work for about 660,000 people who came to the U.S. as children, according to the most recent data from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Just over 200,000 DACA recipients live in California, by far the largest number of any state, according to the Migration Policy Institute. By Zaideee Stavely, EdSource

California State University proposes to delay extra year of high school math to 2027, EdSource

Lawmaker wants $500 million to help California college students with food and housing, Los Angeles Daily News

Historic rise in Chinese students at UC San Diego stalls due to sour political climate in US, San Diego Union-Tribune

Opinion: It’s time for UC to stop using the SAT, Los Angeles Times

A Reckoning for DACA: With Possible Deportation of Dreamers in the Balance Tuesday at the Supreme Court, Education Groups Urge Justices to Protect Students and Teachers, The 74

Kamala Harris introduced a bill to keep schools open three more hours, CNN

Report: Many Rural Districts Face Education ‘Emergency’, Education Dive



LAUSD board rejects Yelp-like rating system for schools

The Los Angeles school board rejected a proposal to give Yelp-like ratings to its schools, but agreed Tuesday to make data on how students perform year to year on standardized tests more easily available. The board voted 6-1 against a first-ever proposal to rate schools on a scale of 1 to 5. School board Vice President Jackie Goldberg had fueled the anti-rating momentum after the plan became more widely known in August. It was never supported by the unions representing teachers or administrators. By Sonali Kohli and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times

State audit finds education money not serving high-needs students, calls for changes in funding law, EdSource

San Diego superintendent wants to join L.A. Unified’s vaping lawsuit, San Diego Union-Tribune

California Schools Closed for Unprecedented Number of Days Due to Fire, Power Outages, EdSource

LAUSD guide: How to get into a magnet school or specialized programs in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Times

Report: Few Black and Latino Children Are Served by High-Quality State Preschool Programs, The 74

College students, seniors and immigrants miss out on food stamps. Here’s why, CalMatters

6 Big Mistakes That Can Undermine Personalized Learning Efforts, Education Week

 Were Public Schools Better Way Back When? Giving Today’s Schools an Honest Grade, Washington Post

U.S. Students Show Low-to-Medium Tech Skills, Education Dive 


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