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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
Fuller: L.A. offers lessons for helping kids recover from COVID learning loss
Teachers and principals across the nation are breathing a bit easier as a second grueling year winds down. Yet, the carefree summer days on the horizon may simply postpone the reckoning that educators will face next fall: How to ensure COVID-era students bounce back next year, recovering lost learning and narrowing gaping disparities in achievement....
By Bruce Fuller | June 23, 2022
The kids hiding in plain sight: Advocates push to collect data on LGBT students
With an unprecedented rise in the number of youth identifying as LGBTQ — and equally unprecedented efforts to curtail their rights — a leading national advocacy group is calling on the U.S. Department of Education to add the sexual orientation and gender identity of students and teachers to the data collected in the National Assessment...
By Beth Hawkins | June 22, 2022
Ed Department launches ‘unprecedented’ parent council
Recognizing a growing movement for parent rights in education, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona on Tuesday announced the creation of a new “Parents and Families Engagement Council.” The council will include representatives from 14 organizations that advocate for giving parents a voice in their children’s education — including families involved in charters, homeschooling and private schools....
By Linda Jacobson | June 16, 2022
Commentary: Now is the moment for a new children’s rights movement
In the last three weeks, the United States has witnessed babies starving because of a nationwide shortage of infant formula and young students murdered in their elementary school. If you believe these atrocities will spark a comprehensive moral or policy response from our elected federal leaders, you are mistaken. Even if Congress acts, a neutered...
By Andrew Buher | June 13, 2022
Uvalde survivor: ‘I don’t want it to happen again’
Miah Cerrillo was one of the first children Dr. Roy Guerrero saw when he entered the emergency room at Uvalde Memorial Hospital on May 24. A pediatrician, he’s known the fourth grader since she was a baby and underwent the liver surgeries that saved her life. Both testified Wednesday before a House Oversight Committee addressing...
By Linda Jacobson | June 8, 2022
Analysis: What are districts using their federal relief money for? How fast are they spending it? How much is left? New interactive database has answers
A year ago, school districts wrote plans for how they were going to use their share of the $122 billion in American Rescue Plan money. Fast forward to today, and information is starting to emerge about how schools are actually spending their windfalls. Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools in Massachusetts has already spent all of its nearly $400,000...
By Chad Aldeman | June 2, 2022
COVID learning loss comparable to that inflicted by Hurricane Katrina, study finds; math drops outpace reading
Learning loss during the pandemic may have exceeded the damage inflicted on New Orleans students by Hurricane Katrina, according to a recently released study of standardized test scores. Setbacks in math achievement exceeded those for reading, and achievement gaps between comparatively rich and poor schools expanded dramatically. As the United States approaches the end of...
By Kevin Mahnken | June 1, 2022
Grade inflation ‘persistent, systemic’ even prior to pandemic, ACT study finds
High school grade point averages have been on an uphill climb since 2016. But that doesn’t mean students are better prepared for college-level work. Their scores on the ACT, a college entrance exam taken annually by 1.7 million students, haven’t budged, according to a report released earlier this month. Between 2016 and 2021, the average GPA for...
By Linda Jacobson | May 26, 2022
Amid literacy crisis, CA ed chief rejects phonics-driven approach to reading
California Superintendent Tony Thurmond issued a challenge to the state’s school districts last week to ensure third graders become strong readers by 2026. “We’re asking you to take a pledge today,” he said during the May 20 Zoom session, providing a link for participants to sign. Other elements of Thurmond’s agenda include library cards for 100,000 children,...
By Linda Jacobson | May 25, 2022
Educator’s view: Hungry kids can’t learn. Congress must extend pandemic waivers so schools can keep giving students the nutritious food they need
When I was a school superintendent in New York City, I would often run into my students outside of class. One particular eighth grader had a daily ritual of buying food from the local corner store following a long day of lessons and after-school sports. Looking at his crumbled bag of hot-flavored chips, fruit snacks...
By Robert S. Harvey | May 25, 2022