When veterans come home from war and try to put their lives back together, there’s often a giant missing link in their transition: Clear advice on getting back to school and managing the next phase of their education. “Where you are going next is a huge hole in the system, and there is no entity […]
When it comes to meeting our students’ needs, it’s no secret among teachers that partnerships with parents are crucial. We may get to know students well during a seven-hour school day, but as teachers, we can never hope to know as much about our students as parents know about their children. While parent engagement may […]
For years, California has attempted to reform its teacher preparation programs to better prepare new teachers for the classroom. Alternative routes have popped up to offer aspiring teachers, in many cases, a less expensive and faster route to teaching. The state’s extensive performance exams for teacher candidates have served as a model for the rest […]
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The video games that Kyle Brda, a ninth-grader from Redwood City, Calif., plays at home typically involve shooting people. But on a recent day in September, he spent the afternoon at an office building in Silicon Valley, constructing wind and solar power plants in a virtual world that may soon be accessible […]
LYNWOOD, Calif.—In an ethnically themed shopping center called Plaza Mexico, just south of Los Angeles, a public university from the Mexican state of Colima has planted its flag. Alongside the shopping center’s stores and taquerias, the Universidad de Colima offers mostly remedial education in reading, writing and math to about 100 adult Mexican immigrants. But […]
A new report by the Community Rights Campaign shows that police employed by Los Angeles Unified Shool Dstrict issued dramatically fewer citations to students for truancy and substantially fewer citations overall this past school year compared with the year before. However, based on enrollment, African American and Latino students were still disproportionately cited, the report found, with the gap between African American and white students growing.
Some superintendents have a pat answer when asked to assess the quality of their schools – they’re all equally good, they might respond. But Gary Yee, the new acting superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, had a different answer when parent Maria Zaragoza asked why her child’s high school does not have any of the innovative educational programs available at some of the district’s top-performing high schools.
Over the last week, a full Hollywood-style drama rolled out in Los Angeles with a familiar cast of characters. There was school superintendent John Deasy, the polarizing 52-year-old leader portrayed by some as a hero or a villain. There were critical school-board members and angry teacher-union officials who dislike some of Deasy’s policies, playing the […]
LOS ANGELES — After days of drama, a truce has been reached and it looks like L.A. school superintendent John Deasy will be sticking around after all. The fractious Los Angeles Unified School Board somehow reached a consensus Tuesday night after nearly five hours of deliberation and gave Deasy a satisfactory evaluation, extending his contract through […]
There is no shortage of advice for embattled Los Angeles schools chief John Deasy, who is expected to address his future after being evaluated by the school board Tuesday. At stake is leadership of the second-largest school district in the U.S., a sprawling system of more than 677,000 students, beset by a litany of crisis, […]