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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
Six hidden (and not-so-hidden) factors driving America’s student absenteeism crisis
As schools continue to recover from the pandemic, there’s one troubling COVID symptom they can’t seem to shake: record-setting absenteeism. In the 2021-22 school year, more than one in four U.S. public school students missed at least 10% of school days. Before the pandemic, it was closer to one in seven, the Associated Press reported, relying...
By Greg Toppo | November 30, 2023
The 50 very different states of American public education
There is not one American public education system; the U.S. is a collection of 50 states, and those states have chosen to deliver public education using very different approaches. These choices manifest themselves in a variety of ways, including how much money states provide for their public schools, how many people work in those schools...
By Chad Aldeman | November 22, 2023
California celebrates its linguistic diversity while shortchanging bilingual ed
California always seems to be ahead of the curve. Huge numbers of you are reading this column on Apple devices designed in Cupertino — and you got here by clicking a link on one of the social media companies with headquarters just down the road from there in Silicon Valley. The Golden State: it’s where...
By Conor Williams | November 21, 2023
First civil rights data since COVID reveals racial divide in advanced classes
About 2.9 million high school students took at least one Advanced Placement course in the 2020-21 school year, according to the latest federal data measuring access to educational opportunity. But Black and Latino students were significantly underrepresented in those college-level math and science courses. And schools in which at least 75% of students are Black...
By Linda Jacobson | November 20, 2023
Schools Are Now the Leading Target for Cyber Gangs as Ransom Payments Encourage Attacks
Shockwaves & Innovations: How Nations Worldwide Are Dealing with AI in Education
Report: In 24 States, Using False Address to Get Into a Better School is a Crime
‘It’s Trendy, It’s New’: Is The Future of Healthy School Lunch Vending Machines?
California Teen, a ‘16 Under 16 in STEM’, Gets a Big Surprise on The Kelly Clarkson Show
College promise programs add a ‘higher promise’ of jobs along with scholarships
College promise programs offering “free college” to local students are increasingly adding a new task to their core mission — connecting young people to internships and apprenticeships. The programs, in which students are promised free college tuition if they graduate high school, have long been considered a silver bullet against the soaring tuition and loan debt...
By Patrick O'Donnell | November 16, 2023
Opinion: An R&D initiative to put $20M into community-based ‘ecosystems’ of learning
The American education system is stuck in an out-moded design for learning. The change the world is going through is accelerating, and we need to radically redesign how we support children and youth. Whether it’s the infusion of artificial intelligence into our world, or the need to solve the existential problems facing our society, our...
By Kelly Young | November 15, 2023
The fight over charters in LAUSD school buildings: What’s really happening
Los Angeles charter school operator Alfredo Rubalcava can’t sleep at night. Like other educators in Los Angeles, the CEO of Magnolia Public Schools is awaiting the unveiling of a new policy limiting the use of nearly half the city’s school buildings by independently run charter schools. But with LAUSD superintendent Alberto Carvalho on the verge...
By Ben Chapman | November 13, 2023
Noguera & Freedberg: How a robust arts curriculum can contribute to school equity
Too often, the things that get kids most excited about learning have been stripped out of the school curriculum. No wonder when asked: “how was school”, so many students kids respond “boring.” It shouldn’t be that way, and wouldn’t be if arts and music education were more widely available. However, over the past few decades,...
By Pedro Noguera and Louis Freedberg | November 13, 2023
Survey: AI is here, but only California and Oregon guide schools on its use
Artificial intelligence now has a daily presence in many teachers’ and students’ lives, with chatbots like ChatGPT, Khan Academy’s Khanmigo tutor and AI image generators like Ideogram.ai all freely available. But nearly a year after most of us came face-to-face with the first of these tools, a new survey suggests that few states are offering educators substantial guidance on how to...
By Greg Toppo | November 9, 2023
America is facing a shortage of STEM teachers: Here’s one way to solve it
Ever since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into orbit on Oct. 4, 1957, America has been struggling to recruit and retain STEM teachers in its public middle and high schools. In the 2017-2018 school year, approximately 100,000 teacher jobs in STEM – or science, technology, engineering and mathematics – went unfilled at the high school...
By Gerard Robinson | November 8, 2023