Overall enrollment is down, but LA Unified has the same number of kindergarteners as 9 years ago, data show
As those inside the district voice a repeated refrain that declining enrollment will likely plunge LA Unified into bankruptcy, new data show it still attracted nearly the same number of kindergarten students last year as it had nine years earlier when it had 133,000 more students overall. The data come as a surprise amid declining enrollment as the county’s...
By Sarah Favot | July 25, 2016
New report: CA trans-K helps but still needs improvement
A new report from the American Institutes of Research shows that young children have up to five months of learning advantage compared with children who don’t get an extra year of kindergarten. But the report — Impact of California’s Transitional Kindergarten Program, 2013-14 — also points out that there’s a long way to go in funding the pre-school program...
By Mike Szymanski | December 1, 2015
LA Unified expanding transitional kindergarten across district
The Transitional Kindergarten Expansion program for LA Unified is under way this semester with teachers and principals being trained through January for 117 new sites. This is on the heels of the district’s losing 45 percent of its School Readiness Language Development Program. Transitional Kindergarten Expansion (TE or TKE) is a new grade level that is replacing...
By Mike Szymanski | October 9, 2015
LAUSD and 40 other advocates urging governor to sign pre-K bill
More than 40 agencies, representing a diverse coalition of bipartisan support, are urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign a bill requiring preschool for all children in low-income families. The governor has until Oct. 11 to sign or veto the bill. The bill is sponsored by Early Edge California, an educational advocacy group that is working...
By Mike Szymanski | September 28, 2015
District lists first 117 schools for Transitional Kindergarten classes
LA Unified listed the names of the first 117 schools to get Transitional Kindergarten (or TK) classes in order to replace the closed School Readiness Language Development Program (SRLDP) classrooms. The rest of the 173 schools with the SRLDP pre-school programs will make the transition in the 2016-2017 school year. In the plan, none of...
By Mike Szymanski | September 23, 2015
Digitally savvy (?) LAUSD board members, online help for college
*UPDATED A recent panel discussion at the Milken Institute took on the issue of digital technology in the classroom under the assumption that “traditional education, built around books and classroom activities, no longer prepares students for today’s digital world or the job market that it has created.” As LAUSD looks to reboot its digital approach in...
By Craig Clough | May 14, 2015
Torlakson, Democrats backing measure to expand pre-K
Democratic lawmakers and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are sponsoring new legislation to provide free public preschool to every four-year-old child in California. The Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2014, introduced by Darrel Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and co-sponsored by Torlakson and Early Edge California, will expand access to transitional kindergarten programs to all four year old children, no...
By Chase Niesner | January 10, 2014