Review: Why you should buy into the ‘Sold a Story’ podcast
Let me get this hard sell on the table right up front: You should listen to “Sold a Story,” a podcast about reading instruction in U.S. schools. After all, you can be concerned that 1 in 3 American fourth graders read below a basic level and still not want a deep dive into how literacy...
By Nat Malkus | December 5, 2022
LAUSD chief Carvalho: Los Angeles students did well on the ‘Nation’s Report Card’. Why is that so hard to believe?
The recent scores from the National Assessment of Educational Progress are the latest indication of what we in the Los Angeles Unified School District already know — our students are demonstrating tremendous resiliency after the pandemic because of the incredible educators dedicating their time and energy to the families of Los Angeles. The tests, which...
By Alberto M. Carvalho | December 1, 2022
Ponce: Amid new data on how students have been hit by the pandemic, 4 things LA schools should do next
Last month, California released long held student data. And while standardized test scores don’t tell us everything, they do provide an important touchpoint to hold our school districts accountable for delivering an equitable and excellent education for all students. Here are four things our school system should do with this new 2021-22 school-level data: Re-engage...
By Ana Ponce | November 30, 2022
Commentary: To make STEM inclusive, students need to feel they belong
The debate over the firing of NYU organic chemistry Prof. Maitland Jones Jr. misses the point: It’s neither that his tests were too hard nor that his Gen Z students were too entitled. It’s that introductory courses should be gateways into the STEM professions, especially for students underrepresented in these areas, not elimination rounds in a...
By Talia Milgrom-Elcott | November 16, 2022
In the ‘Crosshairs’: Beleaguered School Superintendents Face COVID Wave of Firings
Facing Regional Shortages, U.S. Schools Now Employing 160,000 ‘Underqualified’ Teachers
L.A. vs. the Wonks: District’s 8th-Grade Reading Miracle on NAEP Draws Scrutiny
State of Play: Girls’ Athletics Rising — With or Without Trans Kids on the Team
16 Under 16: Meet The 74’s 2022 Class of STEM Achievers
Analysis: What will end of COVID public health emergency mean for school-based telehealth?
The expiration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, likely to occur in January, will create significant complexity for schools that provide telehealth services to students. Since 2020, the COVID-19 emergency — a federal declaration issued by the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services — has driven a surge in telehealth utilization among...
By Mario Ramirez and Andrew Buher | November 9, 2022
Analysis: California teachers unions spending at least $2.8 million on school board elections this year
The political action committee of the California Teachers Association is making a heavy financial commitment to endorsed school board candidates in the state, with LA Unified candidate Rocio Rivas its largest beneficiary. The CTA/ABC statewide PAC funds candidates for all state and legislative offices, but it also provides the bulk of campaign contributions for local...
By Mike Antonucci | November 7, 2022
Analysis: How are kids with disabilities doing post-COVID? Shamefully, we still don’t know
Since the start of the pandemic, we at the Center on Reinventing Public Education have had our eyes locked on the experiences of and outcomes for students with disabilities. As we noted in our inaugural State of the American Student report, students with disabilities lost out on critical therapies and foundational learning and socialization opportunities during...
By Robin Lake | October 26, 2022
Analysis: High-quality classwork + tutoring: Proven recipe for closing the learning gap
Imagine you are making a cake for a loved one and serving it later in the day. You don’t have a lot of time. Do you opt for the tried-and-true family recipe or just put together the key ingredients — some flour, eggs, butter and baking soda — until it feels right? Schools have a...
By Amanda Neitzel | October 12, 2022
Commentary: The best way to honor Latino culture is by honoring Latino family values
It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and the signs and advertisements celebrating the culture are abundant. I feel, as I often do this time of year, mixed emotions. As a Mexican-American educator, I understand the good intentions behind the signs; celebrating diversity and honoring different cultures should be applauded. But if we really want to celebrate the...
By Joel Ramirez | October 5, 2022
Commentary: Making school and home a science lab for the littlest learners
The 21st century has launched an unprecedented focus on science and STEM education. In this age of pandemics, climate change, food shortages and other global issues, the country absolutely needs more scientists. However, it’s clear that scientific thinking isn’t just for scientists anymore. Basing decisions on evidence and separating fact from fiction are fast becoming...
By Cindy Hoisington | September 28, 2022