Truancy, suspension rates drop in greater Los Angeles area schools
By Nadra Nittle As evidence mounts that punitive discipline makes students more likely to go to prison than to college, school districts in greater Los Angeles, such as Long Beach Unified and Lynwood Unified, are shifting away from suspending students or citing them for truancy. Instead, they’re making greater use of restorative justice programs, as...
By Guest contributor | March 7, 2016
Kamala Harris: absenteeism interferes with ‘students’ rights’
California Attorney General Kamala Harris appeared at LA Unfiied’s Malabar Elementary School today to highlight a report on truancy released by her office this week that shows a high correlation between attendance problems and both income and race. But the argument she’s using to bring attention to the issue is curious: the report notes the...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | September 12, 2014
LAUSD Sees Dramatic Decrease in Truancy Rate, So Far
Truancy ticketing in LA Unified dropped by nearly 80 percent between 2010 and 2012, and citations across all categories are down by half for the same period. So far this year, district officials report LA school police have issued 77 citations. In contrast, school police were issuing an average of 110 tickets a month in...
By Vanessa Romo | October 31, 2013
Campaign Aims to Keep Students in, Not ‘Push’ them Out
What many call the “drop out crisis,” the Dignity in Schools Campaign is calling the “push out crisis.” The nationwide coalition of students and activists is undertaking a National Week of Action, and various rallies, press conferences, even art installations will be held across Los Angeles this week to address what the group sees as the...
By Chase Niesner | October 1, 2013
Morning Read: Greuel to Release Education Plan
Greuel to Release Education Plan Greuel might have wanted her staff to do a little better advance work, because Garcetti is well liked at the school — Camino Nuevo Charter Academy — which he helped get a $700,000 grant to help build a new soccer field,” reports The Times. KPCC Eric Garcetti Avoids Schoolyard Tussle...
By Samantha Oltman | April 11, 2013
Truancy Series Wins National Journalism Award
“Punishing Numbers” — a widely-noted investigative series depicting harsh school discipline rules in California schools — has won the top investigative journalism prize for medium-sized newsrooms in the 2012 National Awards for Education Reporting. The series was a joint reporting effort shared by Vanessa Romo at Los Angeles public radio station KPCC, Krissy Clark at San Francisco...
By Samantha Oltman | March 12, 2013
Morning Read: The New Accountability
New accountability demands coming for charters – startups and renewals SI&A Cabinet Report: SB 1290 by Sen. Elaine Alquist, D-Santa Clara, would require that charter authorizers must consider pupil academic achievement for all subgroups as measured by the API “as the most important factor” for renewal and revocation. Push for a Downtown Charter School Includes Big Fundraiser...
By Hillel Aron | September 6, 2012
Morning Read: The Powers That Be
• Adelanto parents lose charter school bid: On Friday, the Adelanto School Board rejected the petition by parents of Desert Trails Elementary (site of the recent parent trigger ruling) to convert their school into a charter, saying there wasn’t enough time to implement before the school year. The board voted, instead, to install a “community advisory council”...
By Hillel Aron | August 20, 2012