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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
As threat of Omicron variant looms, school closures continue ticking upward
Even before the World Health Organization labeled the Omicron coronavirus strain a new “variant of concern” Friday, school closures were continuing to increase across the country. Last week, 621 schools across 58 districts announced new closures for a variety of reasons including teacher burnout, staffing shortages and virus outbreaks, according to counts from Burbio, a...
By Asher Lehrer-Small | December 2, 2021
Analysis: Dual enrollment can help fix the high school-to-college pathway for students hit hardest by COVID-19
As with all aspects of our education system, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated and widened inequities in postsecondary pathways, especially for the most underserved students. According to recent data, undergraduate college enrollment rates declined by nearly 5 percent since last year across all types of postsecondary institutions. Community colleges took the brunt of this decline, with a...
By Bev Perdue | December 1, 2021
The pandemic exposed the severity of academic divide along race and class: New 2021 data on math and reading progress reveal it’s only gotten worse
Despite promises to focus on the growing racial and income divide among the nation’s students, new fall testing data show academic gaps have worsened, falling heaviest on some of the most vulnerable children. While education researchers have sounded the alarm for more than a year — that pandemic learning hurts low-income students and students of color most...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 22, 2021
Analysis: In designing resilient school systems, we must move beyond ‘either/or thinking’ when it comes to digital tools & remote learning
A story is told about a flood that rose so quickly, a man had to go to the second floor of his home, where he prayed for God to save him. Before long, a neighbor came by in a canoe and yelled to the homeowner, “Come on in. I’ll get you out of here.” The...
By Julie Young | November 18, 2021
Holt: Under new pilot program, tutoring providers will get paid only if students succeed. It could change how districts and vendors do business
Last fall, seven school districts and eight tutoring providers came together in a virtual summit run by the Harvard University Center for Education Policy Research. The goal was to see if representatives of two sides of the education market could agree on a radical new contract, one in which schools would pay providers for outcomes...
By Laurence Holt | November 17, 2021
California aims to come from behind in making sure children learn to read, but some see new push as political
It’s been more than a decade since California’s education system placed a strong emphasis on making sure educators know how to teach children to read. Reading experts and parent advocates say a lack of consistent attention to the issue since then shows. Thirty-seven percent of the state’s fourth-graders score below the basic level on federal...
By Linda Jacobson | November 16, 2021
Analysis: The COVID crisis cracked our education system. A new reform coalition must come together to fix it in the interest of children
Anyone who cares about kids must rejoice over their being back in school with their peers. But that should not blind us to the harsh truths we have learned about our public education system, how badly it responded to the pandemic and how, as always, it served those with loud voices and political power and...
By Robin Lake | November 15, 2021
Just having standards isn’t enough — study finds teachers use high-quality curricula in states that actively promote them
The number of teachers using curriculum aligned to academic standards has ticked up since 2019, rising more quickly in states that have adopted policies incentivizing the use of high-quality materials than in others, according to a new report from the RAND Corp. Teachers are much more likely to use standards-aligned math curriculum than English language...
By Beth Hawkins | November 11, 2021
Dillard & Hoover: During the pandemic, teachers became much more engaged with education technology. How to keep that momentum going
For all the ways that schools and educators have changed since the pandemic, this may be the longest lasting: Teachers have a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, education technology. Allison Shelley for EDUimagesBefore COVID-19 shuttered the schools, it was not uncommon to hear teachers say they just don’t do technology. In Alexandria City Public...
By Emily Dillard and Elizabeth Hoover | November 10, 2021
$5 billion needed by California libraries: Amid leaky roofs, bad plumbing and no internet, advocates warn of a $32 billion national infrastructure crisis
In Bisbee, Arizona, the Copper Queen Library, founded in 1882, is 114 years old — and it shows. The library, on the National Register of Historic Places, a hub for Brisbee families, has a leaky roof, and cracks in the facade. The ceiling in the young adult room collapsed recently, forcing the room to close...
By Cheryn Hong | November 9, 2021