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.
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
Uptick in school threats reported in region after Saugus High shooting in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles Daily News
California attorney general sues Juul, alleging vape ads reached youths, Sand Francisco Chronicle
Deep dive: Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren on charter schools, Education Week
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See previous morning roundups below:
TUESDAY, NOV. 19:
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
Dozens of special education jobs need to be filled in San Diego Unified, San Diego Union-Tribune
California is failing its students. Where is the outrage?, San Francisco Chronicle
Should Schools Be Able to Detect Every Would-Be Shooter?, Education Week
Wealthy cities can afford to expand pre-K. What about everybody else?, The Hechinger Report
THURSDAY NOV. 14:
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
Are Teachers Allowed to Think – Or Expected to Simply Follow Directions?, The Washington Post
TUESDAY, NOV. 12:
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
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
Report: Many Rural Districts Face Education ‘Emergency’, Education Dive
THURSDAY, NOV. 7:
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
San Diego superintendent wants to join L.A. Unified’s vaping lawsuit, San Diego Union-Tribune
6 Big Mistakes That Can Undermine Personalized Learning Efforts, Education Week
U.S. Students Show Low-to-Medium Tech Skills, Education Dive