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
‘I was the lucky one’: School shooting survivor shares story at L.A. march
Dominic Blackwell was one of the first friends Mia Tretta made when she moved to the Santa Clarita Valley, near Los Angeles, in 2018. “He had this infectious laugh,” she said. The two were walking through the quad at Saugus High School on the morning of Nov. 14, 2019 — Tretta remembers being nervous about...
By Linda Jacobson | June 15, 2022
3 months in, LA’s Carvalho earns high marks, but tough tests lie ahead
When Los Angeles Unified announced last December that Alberto Carvalho would be its next superintendent, Ana Ponce was skeptical. The executive director of Great Public Schools Now, an advocacy organization, hoped the district would pick someone from the community, not an outsider from 2,700 miles away. But so far, the charismatic educator who led Miami-Dade for 14...
By Linda Jacobson | June 14, 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
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
As absenteeism skyrockets, schools get creative about luring back lost students
BUENA PARK, Calif. — Sliding off their backpacks as they come through the front door of the local Boys and Girls Club, a group of students grab pool cues. Outside, children laugh as they bat around a beach ball on the lawn. But the upbeat mood belies the more serious reason that brings many of...
By Linda Jacobson | May 23, 2022
Report: Pandemic ‘erased’ a decade of growth in pre-K enrollment
Enrollment in state pre-K programs fell for the first time in two decades after a period of steady growth, according to a new report focusing on the 2020-21 school year. Before the pandemic, states were serving 44% of 4-year-olds. Now they might not reach 40% over the next 10 years, the report found. “The pandemic...
By Linda Jacobson | May 2, 2022
‘Showdown’ over transgender students’ rights: Title IX rewrite expected to spark litigation from GOP-led states
Harleigh Walker, an Alabama ninth grader, was among the guests at the White House last month when the Biden administration recognized Transgender Day of Visibility. But officials at Auburn Junior High School didn’t think meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris was a valid reason to miss school. “They wanted more evidence that she had gone,”...
By Linda Jacobson | April 28, 2022
National Teacher of the Year winner Kurt Russell to emphasize diversity as lawmakers in his home state of Ohio rail against ‘divisive’ topics
Sign up here for LA School Report’s newsletter Kurt Russell, a Black history teacher and high school basketball coach from Oberlin High School in Ohio, has been known to give up his planning periods to sit with one of his players in class — just to make sure the student is meeting academic expectations. A...
By Linda Jacobson | April 25, 2022