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
California offered high schoolers a chance to change their lowest grades during the pandemic, but few applied. Here’s why and how districts are reacting
California gave all high schoolers a two-week window this summer to change their 2020-21 letter grades to pass/no pass, an overture meant to soften the academic blow of COVID-19 on their GPA, but turns out very few took the state up on its offer. Districts across the state reported they did not receive nearly as...
By Marianna McMurdock | September 21, 2021
LAUSD partners with DonorsChoose to crowdfund food, clothes and more for students during pandemic
Witnessing the growth of food and income insecurity during the pandemic, teachers and districts are turning to DonorsChoose — a nonprofit crowdfunding site for public educators — to leverage financial support. Founded in 2000 and historically utilized for instructional materials that teachers would either have to pay for out of pocket or go without, like...
By Marianna McMurdock | August 24, 2021
National Survey: Black women worry most about children’s education, cite lack of educational opportunities as key barrier to economic success
Safe, high quality in-person schools and access to higher education are top concerns for Black women – nearly as important as protecting voting rights and fighting racism, a new national survey has found. Conducted by brilliant corners Research & Strategies, “Our Power, Our Legacy,” a June survey of 733 randomly selected Black women over the...
By Marianna McMurdock | August 19, 2021