Los Angeles board votes to restrict charters’ access to some district schools
Los Angeles charters could lose access to space in nearly 350 district schools under a resolution the school board approved Tuesday. The action is likely to upend decades of practice in one of the more charter-rich districts in the country. Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has 45 days to draft a policy that makes co-location — as...
By Linda Jacobson | September 27, 2023
SCOTUS ruling demands ‘urgency’ on racial inclusion, Biden administration says
Universities can continue to target recruitment efforts at predominantly Black and Hispanic high schools even if race can’t be used as a factor in admissions, the Biden administration said in new guidance released earlier this month. The parsing is part of a package of materials responding to the June U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning affirmative action in...
By Linda Jacobson | August 30, 2023
Los Angeles board plan would make some district schools off limits to charters
Actions in the nation’s two largest school districts are testing the idea that charter and traditional schools can exist under one roof. In Los Angeles, the school board is expected to vote this fall on a measure that could significantly limit the practice, known as co-location. And in New York, the United Federation of Teachers plans to appeal a...
By Linda Jacobson | August 22, 2023
Analysis: State laws are leaving schools across the country unprepared for a ‘fiscal cliff’ — including California districts that are ‘running out of cash’
For the past three years, districts have received more federal money than ever — $190 billion — to hire staff, dole out hefty bonuses and address the learning loss and mental health problems fueled by the pandemic. The expiration of these funds in about 14 months could be the biggest jolt to school finances that...
By Linda Jacobson | July 25, 2023
Schools Are Now the Leading Target for Cyber Gangs as Ransom Payments Encourage Attacks
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After Harvard ruling, will admissions policies at elite K-12 schools be next?
A landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to ban race-conscious admissions at colleges could apply more broadly to a handful of federal cases that center on efforts to diversify selection at elite K-12 schools. “What cannot be done directly cannot be done indirectly,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion in the case against...
By Linda Jacobson | July 20, 2023
‘Education’s long COVID’: New data shows recovery stalled for most students
Pandemic recovery has essentially stalled for most of the nation’s students, new data shows, and upper elementary and middle school students actually lost ground this year in reading and math. On average, students need four more months in school to catch up to pre-pandemic levels, according to the results from NWEA, a K-12 assessment provider. This...
By Linda Jacobson | July 12, 2023
Inside the celebrity-backed Roybal Film and Television Production Magnet, classrooms connect teens to Hollywood careers
This profile marks one stop in a national tour of high school campuses organized by our parent organization The 74. Follow the coast-to-coast road trip. The outdoor walkways of the Roybal Learning Center offer a panoramic view of the Los Angeles skyline that would be a fitting backdrop for any Hollywood movie. That’s what grabbed...
By Linda Jacobson | June 20, 2023
A ruling against Harvard might not end diversity-based admissions, experts say
With a conservative U.S. Supreme Court widely expected to overturn race-conscious admissions in higher education, attention in the education community has already shifted to what happens next. One likely effect is obvious. “There is going to be some closing of doors,” said Halley Potter, a senior fellow at The Century Foundation, a progressive think tank....
By Linda Jacobson | June 12, 2023
Pre-K enrollment nearly bounces back from pandemic amid push for universal access
The nation’s public pre-K programs saw a rebound last year as enrollment nearly reached pre-pandemic levels, new data shows. Thirty-two percent of 4-year-olds attended a state-funded program in the 2021-22 school year — up from 28% the year before, when the National Institute for Early Education Research, which publishes the annual “yearbook,” reported that COVID had “erased”...
By Linda Jacobson | May 22, 2023
As post-pandemic enrollment lags, schools compete for fewer students
Three years and counting since the pandemic shuttered schools and tethered students to their laptops, new data shows that enrollment in the vast majority of the nation’s largest school districts has yet to recover. Kindergarten counts continue to dwindle in many states — evidence of falling birth rates and an ever-growing array of options luring...
By Linda Jacobson | May 11, 2023