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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
LAUSD failed students with disabilities during the pandemic: parents, advocates, attorneys on how the district should help them now
This article is part of a collaboration between The 74 and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. When the pandemic hit, 10-year-old Luis, who has autism, quickly started to regress. Luis’s mother said the boy stopped socialializing after his fourth grade class at his Los Angeles Unified school in Southeast L.A. shut down....
By Rebecca Katz | May 10, 2022
Analysis: New politics-of-education poll shows Americans think schools are important & need to be fixed. That, not culture wars, must inform the next election
Today’s political debate about the fundamental value of public education is unlike anything our country has seen. Across party lines, schools and school boards have become political front-page news. The culture wars have infiltrated America’s classrooms. There is no doubt that the politics being forced into our public education system will be front and center...
By Emma Bloomberg | May 9, 2022
Candidates for Los Angeles mayor discuss plans to partner with LAUSD for pandemic recovery phase: poverty, mental health, safety on the agenda
This article is part of a collaboration between The 74 and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Three Los Angeles mayoral candidates discussed their vision for Los Angeles Unified schools, touching on issues confronting students ranging from poverty, mental health and public safety. Despite the mayor not having direct control over LA...
By Destiny Torres | May 5, 2022
Analysis: About 1 in 3 child care workers are going hungry
Of the nearly 1 million child care workers in the United States, in a recent white paper, my colleagues and I found that 31.2% – basically 1 out of every 3 – experienced food insecurity in 2020, the latest year for which we analyzed data. Food insecurity means there is a lack of consistent access...
By Colin Page McGinnis, The Ohio State University | May 4, 2022
Majority of LAUSD English learners fail to meet state English and math requirements; families want change
Updated May 4 This article is part of a collaboration between The 74 and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. The majority of English learner students in Los Angeles Unified district schools failed to meet state math and reading standards in the latest round of assessments, prompting parents to call for better communication...
By Rebecca Katz | May 3, 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
Commentary: Addressing the student mental health crisis starts with social-emotional learning — in school and at home. Congress can help
Sign up here for LA School Report’s newsletter Across the country, communities are sounding the alarm: When it comes to mental wellness, the kids are not okay. A declaration of emergency for children’s mental health came from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and Children’s Hospital Association. The U.S....
By Jordan Posamentier | April 27, 2022
California voters more dissatisfied with local schools after pandemic than voters in other states, new poll finds
This article is part of a collaboration between The 74 and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Sign up here for LA School Report’s newsletter. From their dislike of local teachers’ unions to a lack of confidence in school administrators, California voters are more disillusioned with the state of education than voters nationally, a...
By Rebecca Katz | April 26, 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