Only one fourth-grader at a school in California can read at grade level; now a lawsuit claiming the state is violating students’ ‘constitutional right to literacy’ is on verge of moving to trial
LA parent voice: ‘It’s time that schools really support LGBTQ students’
Senate confirms Los Angeles reform advocate Jim Blew in narrow vote, rounding out Ed Dept’s K-12 team
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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 07.19.18
California Teachers Association wields outsized influence over national teacher union policies
The National Education Association held its annual Representative Assembly in Minneapolis last week. Six thousand delegates, representing teachers and education support workers in every state, met to debate and vote on the national union’s budget and agenda for the 2018-19 school year. Each year the delegates amend NEA’s constitution and by-laws, federal legislative program, resolutions,...
By Mike Antonucci | July 10, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh, son of D.C. teacher, nominated for Supreme Court; has praised efforts to allow religious schools’ participation in publicly funded programs
After much waiting and Twitter speculation, President Trump announced on live television Monday night that he is nominating conservative D.C. Appeals Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. With only one school district under the D.C. Circuit’s jurisdiction, District of Columbia Public Schools, Kavanaugh’s record on school-related...
By Carolyn Phenicie | July 10, 2018
Education by the numbers: 9 statistics that have made us think differently about America’s schools this academic year
Even with a perpetual media carnival unfolding around the Trump presidency, and ahead of midterm elections that could result in an even more hectic news environment next year, the events of 2018 have been shaped to an extraordinary degree by America’s K-12 schools. After a massacre at a Florida high school in February, the national...
By Kevin Mahnken | July 9, 2018
The best of 2018 (so far): Our 9 most popular articles about LA students and schools from spring semester
Like the graduation mortarboards of June, 2018 is flying by. Catch up with the best of the year so far with our top nine stories. (For you math geeks, that’s half the year of ‘18.) Also spin through some of our favorites from our new feature this year, Parent Voices. THE TOP 9 1. LAUSD’s interim...
By Laura Greanias | July 2, 2018
Divided Supreme Court ends mandatory dues for union members and — in further blow to organized labor — rules that workers must opt in
The Supreme Court in a sweeping decision Wednesday upended the way public-sector unions do business, ruling that dissenting employees cannot be compelled to pay any dues, and that union members must affirmatively opt in to membership — rather than requiring dissenters to opt out. Forcing dissenting employees to pay dues violates First Amendment protections against compelling...
By Carolyn Phenicie | June 27, 2018
A growing achievement gap in civics education: What a new study reveals about social studies, class and race
Student performance in civics has improved over the last two decades, even as the gap in civic knowledge has grown along class and racial lines during that period. That’s the conclusion of a new study released today by the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center on Education Policy. Its Report on American Education, an annual publication exploring...
By Kevin Mahnken | June 27, 2018