Education must-reads: From UC proposing five years of tuition increases to teachers filing suit against Delta for dumped jet fuel, 13 new things to know about California’s schools (and beyond)
LA School Report | January 17, 2020
Education Must-Reads is our daily roundup of the most interesting news articles and analysis surrounding students, schools and California education policy.
Southern California teachers plan to file a lawsuit after a commercial airliner with engine trouble dumped jet fuel over a densely populated area, including several schools, while making an emergency return to Los Angeles International Airport, their attorney said Friday.
Nearly 60 schoolchildren and teachers were exposed to the smelly vapor Tuesday and were examined for minor skin and lung irritations. None were taken to a hospital at the time, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sky Cornell said. Health authorities said those affected should clean themselves with soap and water.
Attorney Gloria Allred said in a statement Friday that teachers who were exposed to the fuel are filing a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines. By Stefanie Dazio, Associated Press
UC proposes five straight years of annual tuition increases, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Newsom proposes $20,000 stipends for high school teachers in California budget, Los Angeles Daily News
Cal State Fullerton a state and national leader in graduating underrepresented students, Orange County Register
Teachers, the Robots Are Coming. But That’s Not a Bad Thing, Education Week
Two Tsunamis are About to Hit Higher Education, Real Clear Education
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See previous morning roundups below:
THURSDAY, JAN. 16:
The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday agreed to pay more than $25 million to settle lawsuits over alleged sexual misconduct. Some cases were related to well-known incidents of abuse at Telfair and De La Torre elementary schools, for which teachers went to jail. Others never led to convictions. The larger settlements are about $2 million per student.
Officials with L.A. Unified like to believe they’ve turned the page on the worst employee misconduct following a spate of high-profile cases, and they can cite a long list of new safeguards. But attorneys for the victims questioned the district’s commitment to reform. By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Should There Be a Federal Right to Education?, Education Week
TUESDAY, JAN. 14:
One year after the turbulent teachers’ strike that shook Los Angeles Unified and drew national attention, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner reflects on the current state of the district, and some of the district’s ongoing challenges, including spending more than it is getting from the state. In an interview with Louis, Beutner discusses his own tenure, the need for more financial support from the state, and efforts to grant more decision-making authority to local schools in the nation’s second-largest district. By Louis Freedberg, EdSource.
Good schools for all: Breaking down barriers for homeless youth, Voice of San Diego
Why Don’t Parents Always Choose the Best Schools? Education Week
A charter chain thinks it has the answer for alternative schools, The Herchinger Report
THURSDAY, JAN. 8:
Across California, posters and billboards from the state health department warn young people about the dangers of vaping. State lawmakers introduced a bill this week to end all store sales of flavored tobacco, and the federal government recently moved to ban some e-cigarettes.
But experts say bans and information campaigns don’t get at one crucial problem: how to help young people who are already addicted to nicotine. By Sammy Caiola, Capital Public Radio
Churches, private entities that served A3 charter school students say they’re owed $1.8 million, San Diego Union-Tribune
Who’s to Blame for the Black-White Achievement Gap?, Education Week
TUESDAY, JAN. 6:
Over the last ten years, the nation’s second-largest public school district was helmed by six different superintendents. That turnover was coupled with increases in graduation rates, declines in enrollment and clashes over charter-school growth.
That instability Los Angeles Unified was most vividly underscored by the first teachers strike since 1989, a week-long walkout in January. The clash between United Teachers Los Angeles and the district was months in the making, and brought to bear disputes over failed contract negotiations. By Ariella Plachta, Los Angeles Daily News
Parents, school leaders fight to keep San Jose charter from closing, The Mercury News
The long road to college from California’s small towns, Los Angeles Daily News
Top Dem Candidates Are at Odds With Voters on Education Priorities, Real Clear Education
Ten Education Headlines You Probably Won’t See in 2020, Education Week
THURSDAY, DEC. 13:
Long before California banned suspensions for “willful defiance” or disruption of school activities in K-8 classrooms, Los Angeles Unified embarked on an even more ambitious goal: eliminate defiance suspensions entirely.
Six years after it implemented the policy, L.A. Unified officials, advocates and students say they’ve seen dramatic improvements in campus culture at many schools, providing lessons for California as it attempts to reshape school discipline across the state.
Since implementing the policy, L.A. Unified has seen a 75 percent drop in suspensions across all categories and a narrowing of racial disparities among students who are suspended. By Carolyn Jones, EdSource
The charter school debate is more complex than either side admits, Hechinger Report
San Diego Unified’s budget woes widen include potential layoffs, Voice of San Diego
San Francisco high school graduation rate increases with help from mentor program, San Francisco Chronicle