Report: Learning loss data show 40,000 Los Angeles high school students off track to graduate
Forty thousand high school students in the Los Angeles Unified School District are at risk of not graduating — including 6,000 this year — according to a new analysis that tracks the effects of school closures on students in the nation’s second largest district. In middle school, about a third of students in the district are currently...
By Linda Jacobson | April 13, 2021
‘Opening the door wider’: With recent admissions decisions, top-ranked L.A. arts school put equity in the spotlight
Updated April 13 Nyla Joseph has felt at ease in front of a camera ever since appearing in a public service announcement six years ago. But her dreams of becoming an actor were frustrated because her South Los Angeles middle school lacks a theater program. And her mother was leery of internet scams promising to turn her...
By Linda Jacobson | April 8, 2021
Analysis: Teaching students in person and online at the same time is a huge challenge. 4 ways to bridge the home-classroom gap
Across the country, educators are working hard to support students learning in hybrid contexts, where students are attending school both online and in person. In many schools, staff availability to teach, attendance policies and a desire to have students working with teachers for as much time as possible mean many districts are pursuing a simultaneous...
By Beth Rabbitt | April 5, 2021
Many rural remote learners are receiving little to no live teaching, federal survey reveals
More students than previously understood may be attending school virtually, survey data released in March by the U.S. Department of Education reveal. And many students — particularly remote learners from rural schools — are getting little to no live instructional time with teachers. While the survey finds that over three-quarters of elementary and middle schoolers attend schools that offer...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | April 1, 2021
Court documents reveal how L.A. teachers union gained upper hand in pandemic negotiations, limiting instruction time
As the Los Angeles Unified School District prepares to reopen elementary schools for the first time in 13 months, recently released court documents show that while the district pushed for more instructional time for students earlier this year, the union successfully bargained for a reduced teacher workday — and a lot more of what it wanted. On...
By Linda Jacobson | March 30, 2021
Most students have experienced mental health challenges during pandemic, survey reveals. But there are reasons for optimism
Nearly two-thirds of parents say their child has recently experienced mental or emotional challenges such as anxiety, depression and even suicidal thoughts, according to a new national survey on student well-being during the pandemic. Yet amid growing concern that the pandemic and its widespread disruptions to schools could have a devastating, long-lasting toll on students’...
By Mark Keierleber | March 24, 2021
Analysis: Lessons from Spanish Flu — Babies born in 1919 had worse educational, life outcomes than those born just before or after. Could that happen with COVID-19?
I have some bad news: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are likely to linger for decades. One mechanism is through education. As my series on educational disruptions has shown, children who miss school time suffer academic losses in the short run, and those effects are noticeable decades later in the form of worse economic outcomes and other...
By Chad Aldeman | March 23, 2021
As U.K. variant spurs lockdowns abroad and takes hold in U.S., schools should be prepared to ‘pivot quickly,’ experts say
As a more contagious strain of COVID-19 sweeps across the United States, infectious disease experts say schools should brace for a challenging spring. First identified in Britain, the variant has been doubling its total U.S. cases every 10 days and has already become the dominant strain in Florida, according to reports. Dr. Michael Osterholm, director...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | March 22, 2021
A student’s view: Teachers form unions to negotiate how their schools operate. Why shouldn’t students do the same?
This essay is adapted from posts that originally appeared on the New York School Talk blog. Every adult in a school building gets a union. In New York City, most are members of the United Federation of Teachers, and together they are incredibly powerful and effective. They negotiate all the rules. They can influence hiring and firing...
By Gregory Wickham | March 17, 2021
FAFSA applications fell after COVID — and for many incoming freshmen, they haven’t recovered
New research from California shows a sizable decline in applications for university financial aid during the first phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The trend among first-year college students has not reversed itself, the data show, and declines are particularly acute in low-income neighborhoods and those with higher minority populations. Financial aid applications are a useful...
By Kevin Mahnken | March 16, 2021