Nearly 1 in 5 teen girls ‘engulfed’ in wave of sexual violence; many suicidal
Public health officials have been sounding the alarm about young girls’ mental health, pointing to rises in hospitalization for suicide attempts and depression, especially during the pandemic. Now, new national data unveil one factor that could be exacerbating the crisis: a record increase in sexual violence. Nearly 1 in 5 teen girls experienced sexual violence...
By Marianna McMurdock | February 28, 2023
1.3 million Los Angeles students could soon access free teletherapy
With mental health issues mounting, a new partnership throughout Los Angeles County schools is poised to offer licensed counseling to its more than one million K-12 students. All 80 districts within the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s jurisdiction will have the authority to opt-in to services with Hazel Health, a telehealth provider that has...
By Marianna McMurdock | February 21, 2023
How educators can help kids make sense of Tyre Nichols’s death
At dinner with their families, on school buses, and in their own rooms, young people nationwide have witnessed the brutal killing of Tyre Nichols, whether they meant to or not. As students enter classrooms in the days after a widely publicized funeral in Memphis, experts say educators have a responsibility to acknowledge their anger, grief and sadness...
By Marianna McMurdock | February 6, 2023
Missing an opportunity: Ed Dept. criticized by GAO for teacher shortage strategy
With the nation’s schools facing acute teacher shortages, the GAO criticized the U.S. Department of Education’s strategy for not adequately addressing the crisis and guiding states’ in how to attract and retain more educators. As teachers nationwide face “an increasingly disrespectful and demanding school workplace culture,” and compensation concerns, the GAO charged in a report...
By Marianna McMurdock | December 8, 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
The $1.1 billion math solution? Gates Foundation makes math its top K-12 priority
As the nation witnesses unprecedented declines in academic achievement, one of the largest education philanthropies has announced it will fund $1.1 billion in K-12 math initiatives over the next four years. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investment marks the beginning of a decade-long strategy to prioritize math gains, particularly for Black, Latino and low-income...
By Marianna McMurdock | October 19, 2022
‘Focused, angry, concerned about creating justice’: Debunking 5 myths about Generation Z
Ask a Boomer or Millenial what they think of Gen Zers and their observations are far from flattering: Overly sensitive, socialist, disengaged, dependent on technology. But those stereotypes have little basis in reality, according to the book, Fight: How Gen Z is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America, released earlier this year. John Della Volpe,...
By Marianna McMurdock | September 8, 2022
To prevent principal exodus, new partnerships offer $20K stipends, therapy
Free therapy and professional coaching. $20,000 stipends. These are some of the incentives and supports aimed at preventing an exodus of principals and school administrators taking on pandemic stressors and the nation’s divisive climate. Focused on problem solving, self-care and leadership skills, a handful of nonprofits run by experienced educators have launched support and training...
By Marianna McMurdock | July 28, 2022
What kept students, staff going during the pandemic: Three case studies from new national report
Sign up here for LA School Report’s newsletter Despite constant learning disruption, some U.S. schools achieved record-breaking graduation rates and student engagement during the pandemic, according to a new national report. In one Massachusetts school, a midday “office hours” block became permanent — time for students to vent, unwind, and deep focus. In a Colorado school...
By Marianna McMurdock | April 4, 2022
Four things to know about Alberto Carvalho, Los Angeles Unified’s new superintendent
Alberto Carvalho, Miami-Dade’s long-time, charismatic and controversial schools chief, was selected Thursday by the Los Angeles Unified school board as its next superintendent. An advocate of school choice, nontraditional schools and known champion of undocumented student rights, Carvalho, 57, has run Miami’s schools for more than a decade. Carvalho’s sometimes unusual reform tactics have been...
By Marianna McMurdock | December 9, 2021