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Your Daily Roundup of LAUSD news from across the web | 10.05.21
Parents must be prepared to talk to their kids about school shootings. Here are tips on how
This article first appeared in Idaho Capital Sun The more things change, the more they stay the same, or so the saying goes. In January 2021, I wrote a column called “Talking to your kids about recent mob violence.” The recent tragedies in Uvalde, Texas, and several other states bring on the sad occasion to...
By Michael Strickland, Idaho Capital Sun | July 20, 2022
Nearly 70% of homeless students in Los Angeles Unified chronically absent last year
Jennifer Kottke has worked with LAUSD homeless and foster care youth for more than 20 years — but she has never seen chronic absenteeism among these students become the crisis it did during the pandemic. While nearly half of all LAUSD students were chronically absent during most of the the 2021-22 school year, the numbers...
By Rebecca Katz | July 19, 2022
Education researcher creates free summer reading program for parents
Reading is freedom. It opens up the world. In my day job as an education researcher, I know that too many kids never learn to read well. Kids who don’t learn to read fluently by 3rd grade will struggle as the material gets more complex. That fact hit home this spring when I noticed my 8-year-old son had...
By Chad Aldeman | July 18, 2022
Most students who left college during COVID want to return — but many can’t
Enrollment in colleges and universities continued its steep plunge this spring, down 4.7% from a year ago. The nation’s higher education drop is worsening — but not for the reasons you might think. A newly released National Student Clearinghouse report shows total post-high school enrollment fell by about 685,000 students in spring 2022. In the wake...
By Courtney Brown | July 14, 2022
How blue states and red states use COVID relief funds differently to aid schools
It has been a long time since so many education issues have been so politically divisive, with sharp debates between conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats about mask mandates, student sexual identity, and the role of race in the curriculum overtaking the routine work of educating students. But as school districts have decided how to...
By Bella DiMarco & Phyllis W. Jordan | July 13, 2022
Advocates fear LA schools’ Wi-Fi partnership with AT&T may not be enough to bridge digital divide
A $50 million partnership between LAUSD and AT&T California to provide thousands of students with high speed internet access is drawing concern from advocates. When Los Angeles district schools went remote at the start of the pandemic, the school system’s digital divide was thrown into sharp relief — making clear many low income students lacked...
By Veronica Sierra | July 12, 2022
New Study: Black, special ed students punished at greater rate through pandemic
Despite a dramatic decline in suspensions as students moved to remote learning during the pandemic, Black children and those in special education were disciplined far more often than white students and those in general education, according to a recent New York University study. The report also indicates students’ behavior may have worsened this past academic...
By Jo Napolitano | July 11, 2022
Ex-teacher’s mission: Making sure ed tech really works in the classroom
Katie Boody Adorno taught middle school math for five years, both in the Kansas City Public Schools and as a founding teacher at Alta Vista Charter Middle School. It was there she realized that ed tech solutions weren’t all she had dreamed of and weren’t always ideal for her students. She wanted more say in...
By Tim Newcomb | July 7, 2022
Harris poll: Education political driver for parents ahead of midterm elections
A survey of more than 5,000 parents released today found education ranks high among their concerns ahead of the critical midterm elections — and that 82% would vote for someone outside their party if the candidate’s education agenda matched their own. The survey was conducted electronically in May by The Harris Poll on behalf of...
By Jo Napolitano | July 6, 2022
How libraries came to be sanctuaries for LGBTQ kids
In May 2021, as efforts to ban books on LGBTQ topics from school libraries were gaining political steam, “Two Grooms on a Cake: The Story of America’s First Gay Wedding” was published. It is a children’s story about Michael McConnell’s 1971 marriage to a man, which was upheld as legal by the U.S. Supreme Court...
By Beth Hawkins | June 29, 2022