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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
Virtual nightmare: One California student’s journey through the pandemic
In a black suit and red bowtie, his smile full of braces, Jason Finuliar stands by a fountain on the Santa Clara University campus as his mother snaps a photo. It was December 2018, and the promising young speech competitor had just placed fourth in a California tournament, qualifying him for nationals. “It was literally...
By Linda Jacobson | November 22, 2022
Black families look to continue pod schooling movement beyond pandemic
White families may have embraced pods and microschools as a short-term fix to cope with the pandemic. But for many Black parents, they offer something more permanent: an alternative to traditional schools where their children have historically faltered. “Our motivation for building outside of the system is because we saw our system crumbling in the...
By Linda Jacobson | November 21, 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
LAUSD’s test scores reveal large drops for Latino & female students
As remote learning in the Los Angeles Unified School District ended in spring 2021, Liliana Madrid discovered her daughters were struggling with their math and science classes. As a Spanish-speaking parent, Madrid had difficulty navigating prolonged online learning and finding the best ways to support her daughters Alexa Godoy and Itzel. “They’re dealing with anxiety...
By Joshua Bay | November 15, 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
School leaders’ view: Let’s use the latest scores on the nation’s report card to inspire us — not deflate us
As the pandemic moves toward the rearview, its effects on education linger. The latest edition of the Nation’s Report Card, which includes federal, state and local 4th and 8th grade math and reading scores, was released last month with grim and sobering results. Test scores are an essential benchmark, but they only tell part of...
By Angella Martinez | November 14, 2022
Maria Brenes and Kelly Gonez lead in tight LA school board races
Community group leader Maria Brenes and school board president Kelly Gonez lead in a close race for two open spots on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Brenes, leading with a 50.80% voter approval, is against education researcher Rocío Rivas to represent school district 2 – in the Eastside neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Gonez, leading...
By Joshua Bay | November 9, 2022
Incumbent California schools chief wins overwhelming support for second term
Incumbent Tony Thurmond has won another bid to serve as California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, leading the vote over opponent Lance Christensen by about 2 to 1 as of midday Wednesday with about 42% of districts reporting. Thurmond will guide California’s K-12 schools through a period of academic recovery and curricula reform in math and...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 9, 2022
California voters overwhelmingly approve Prop 28 for arts and music education
California public schools will receive close to $1 billion for arts and music programs as voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 28, Tuesday’s Election Day results show. “This is a big step forward for public education,” former Los Angeles schools superintendent Austin Beutner said in a press release. “It’s the first guaranteed increase in funding for California...
By Joshua Bay | November 9, 2022
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
EDlection 2022: 16 midterm races to watch that could impact schools, students & learning recovery after COVID
We’re just now beginning to process how COVID has reshaped our schools — and the state of our education politics. From historic test score declines to fractured learning recovery efforts, a teen mental health emergency, a high school absenteeism crisis and imploding college enrollment, the foundation of our education system has been rocked. Amid these...
By LA School Report | November 8, 2022