Ed Trust’s Ryan Smith explains ‘The California Way’ in education
At an event filled with 500 Los Angeles education leaders, Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust -West, highlighted the urgent need to ensure that low-income students of color get the best education possible — and how to do it with what he calls “The California Way.” Smith is director of the research and advocacy organization...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 21, 2017
Teacher groups frustrated with California ESSA plan’s ‘loose’ definition of ineffective teachers
Teacher advocacy groups are concerned that California’s definition of an ineffective teacher is too loose and won’t be bolstered before the state has to turn in its federal accountability plan in two months. Each state must submit its plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act by Sept. 18, and one accountability measure...
By Mike Szymanski | July 14, 2017
‘There’s no timeline for accountability’: LA parents tell state board the lowest-performing schools need to be improved now
Los Angeles parents traveled to Sacramento Wednesday in hopes of making sure their children’s interests will be reflected in the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which must be finalized and submitted to the federal government by Sept. 18. A mother from Compton, Esther Covarrubias, was one of a handful of parents who are...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 12, 2017
Accountability and school improvement are top concerns as Angelenos give input on California’s ESSA plan
Only eight people showed up at one of the last chances for parents and educators to give input on the state’s overall school plan that they need to submit in order to get about $80 billion from the federal government. Their top concerns for the state as it formulates its Every Student Succeeds Act plan were...
By Mike Szymanski | June 15, 2017
LA hearings this week: How to review and give input on California’s ESSA plan to help low achievers
State education officials have solicited meetings all month to work out a plan to let the federal education department know how they will help low-achieving students. Some community education leaders said they think the state still has a long way to go. Two meetings will be held this week in Los Angeles, and two more will...
By Mike Szymanski | June 12, 2017
The Senate’s 50-49 killing of ESSA rules: A sweeping change in how California will rate (and fix) schools
The Senate voted Wednesday to block Obama administration accountability rules governing how states rate and improve schools under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The move, which precludes the U.S. Education Department and newly confirmed Secretary Betsy DeVos from issuing any substantially similar regulations, will send even more power back to the states, already retaking the...
By Carolyn Phenicie | March 10, 2017