1st hearing this week in lawsuit charging California denied equal education to low-income students of color during pandemic
A lawsuit charging that California has failed to offer equal education to low-income students of color during the pandemic will get its first hearing in state Superior Court on Friday. The hearing comes roughly five months after the coalition of students, parents and community organizations sued the state, claiming these students still lack computers, adequate...
By Wayne D'Orio | June 2, 2021
Key to preventing children’s learning loss — and social regression — during COVID-19 school closures: Support from family and peers, study finds
As researchers around the world attempt to quantify the effect of COVID-19 shutdowns on student learning, a report from England suggests the most important factor is one that usually isn’t measured — the support children receive from the adults and other kids in their lives. The study, drawn from more than 900 in-person visits to schools and...
By Wayne D'Orio | January 12, 2021
The nation’s aging schools must improve air quality to prevent Covid transmission, experts say. But the price tag can be daunting
Like many districts, Massachusetts’s Framingham Public Schools is trying to determine how to safely bring back students for in-person instruction. Unlike most, this suburban district just outside Boston has a specific re-entry plan that runs 67 pages and includes a detailed survey of the ventilation system in each of its 14 schools. Framingham is paying...
By Wayne D'Orio | November 30, 2020
Spring hiring: LAUSD says recruitment of new teachers is proceeding as normal, but across the country school districts are rethinking staffing plans amid a grim economy
Faced with a grim economy and uncertainty about what school might look like in the fall, several district officials say they are pausing or dramatically scaling back their hiring of new teachers for the upcoming school year. “We will definitely slow down hiring and limit it to essential positions,” says Kim Holland, the director of...
By Wayne D'Orio | May 19, 2020