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
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
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
‘No signs of recovery’: 5 alarming new undergraduate enrollment numbers
After the worst enrollment drop in a decade, colleges hoped COVID-19 vaccinations and in-person offerings would reel students back in. But early fall undergraduate enrollment data suggest “no signs of recovery,” with the nation’s public universities historically serving low-income students of color hit hardest, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. Across 2- and 4-year public and private...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 29, 2021
The pandemic exposed the severity of academic divide along race and class: New 2021 data on math and reading progress reveal it’s only gotten worse
Despite promises to focus on the growing racial and income divide among the nation’s students, new fall testing data show academic gaps have worsened, falling heaviest on some of the most vulnerable children. While education researchers have sounded the alarm for more than a year — that pandemic learning hurts low-income students and students of color most...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 22, 2021
World leaders to explore girls’ education as climate crisis solution at upcoming United Nations conference
An “unprecedented” level of interest in girls’ education as a climate solution is growing worldwide, advocates say, as youth empowerment and gender are set to take center stage at the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference. From Oct. 31 through Nov. 12, roughly 20,000 international leaders and climate advocates will gather in Glasgow, Scotland for...
By Marianna McMurdock | November 1, 2021
Student survey: Depression, stress and anxiety leading barriers to learning as access to trusted adults drops
Nearly half of American students with learning barriers cited increasing amounts of stress, depression and anxiety as the leading obstacle in the 2020-21 school year. At the same time, students say their access to a trusted adult to discuss that stress decreased, according to a new national survey. In the third and final survey of...
By Marianna McMurdock | October 12, 2021