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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 01.25.21
Allen: Young people came out to vote in large numbers this past election. Here are some ways to keep that civic engagement going
It can be difficult to see the bright spots in this challenging year, but for those of us who work to engage college students in civic life, it has been heartening to see the explosion of activism and informed dialogue around the elections, public health and racial justice. Amid pandemic lockdowns and social distancing, these...
By Hilary Allen | February 9, 2021
Inside the $130 billion Biden schools proposal: Big on safety and teacher retention, but experts warn may not fully address student learning loss
The $130 billion for K-12 in President Joe Biden’s proposed relief plan doesn’t cover the full price tag of what the administration thinks it will cost to reopen schools, according to a White House breakdown of expenses. The various categories, such as $50 billion for reducing class sizes and $3 billion for school nurses, total...
By Linda Jacobson | February 8, 2021
Cardona, in mostly gentle prodding from Senate, offers views on testing, transgender students and reopening schools
Vowing to “forge opportunity” out of the tragedy of the pandemic, education secretary nominee Miguel Cardona faced mostly friendly questioning from senators Wednesday in a confirmation hearing that focused largely on reopening schools, but also touched on the divisive question of whether transgender students should compete against girls in sports. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington...
By Linda Jacobson | February 4, 2021
Analysis: No Child Left Behind showed how education policy can lead the way to bipartisanship. Biden should follow that model
Despite his clear election win, President Joe Biden has faced staunch rejection by many state and federal Republican policymakers. If he cannot find opportunities to build political capital with Republicans quickly, his administration, the planned COVID-19 response and American democracy are in jeopardy. If Biden hopes to rebuild bridges and end the political polarization that...
By Senegal Alfred Mabry and Carlos R. McCray | February 3, 2021
Segregation by income increasing in classrooms, new study finds, may reflect influence of wealthy parents
It’s a foundational premise of the American dream: that through hard work and diligent study, young people can use education to access opportunities that were denied to their parents. However, mounting evidence suggests that segregation — not just by race, but also by income — within the school system may stymie those meritocratic aspirations. Income-based...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | February 2, 2021
Analysis: Rolling back DeVos’s Title IX guidance on sexual harassment won’t be easy. But it’s the right thing to do to protect the victims
This essay originally appeared on the FutureEd blog. Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos touted the Trump administration’s controversial Title IX rule that increased protections for students accused of sexual harassment as one of her most significant accomplishments. In a farewell letter to Congress, she urged legislators to uphold the rule. While the Biden administration...
By Brooke LePage | February 1, 2021
Analysis: Survey of district leaders shows online learning is here to stay. Some ways of making it work for students beyond the pandemic
Many teachers and students are struggling with online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. And with a new, nationally representative survey of school district leaders confirming that remote coursework is likely here to stay, school systems are going to need to apply the lessons from their forced experiments with remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic to...
By Heather Schwartz and Paul Hill | January 28, 2021
Charter school advocates, San Diego NAACP raise objections to Biden’s pick for number two spot at Education Department
President Joe Biden’s nomination of Miguel Cardona for education secretary has been largely well received. But his choice for the number two spot at the department is prompting some objections from education interest groups. Charter school leaders and some members of the Black community have sounded alarms over the nomination of Cindy Marten, superintendent of...
By Linda Jacobson | January 26, 2021
App that matches students with community service takes a virtual pivot during pandemic & opens up fresh opportunities
Michael Kadisha wanted to make it easy for students to engage in meaningful community service. So last year, the 26-year-old entrepreneur launched the Treedom app, helping to connect high school students to local partners. But while Treedom had some early success after its fall 2019 launch, its entire model was built upon in-person connections. The...
By Tim Newcomb | January 26, 2021
How an AI app that detects COVID carriers by their cough could help reopen schools
Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, school districts and public health experts have sought to solve a key missing link for safe in-person learning: how to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases among students and staff. Asymptomatic carriers might come into school buildings and transmit the virus unknowingly, officials worry. In Los Angeles, the district superintendent...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | January 21, 2021