Betsy DeVos' confirmation has stoked fears about undermining public schools, in large part because of the secretary of Education's full-throated support for school vouchers.
But if the last few days have been any indication, DeVos is trying to put a friendlier face on the idea of school choice. So far, she hasn't mentioned vouchers as a priority at all — and today she spoke to a trade association for magnet schools.
"Magnet schools are often referred to as the original school choice option," DeVos said. "What makes your schools transformative places of learning is not a federal grant ... it's you, the human connection.
USC is about to reach its ambitious $6-billion fundraising goal more than 17 months ahead of schedule and will be extending the campaign five more years, university President C.L. Max Nikias announced Wednesday during his annual address to the faculty.
“The university continues to set new ambitions in the sciences, engineering and medicine, as well as the arts and humanities, while working to expand access for lower- and middle-income students,” Nikias said.
The contest for Los Angeles Board of Education seats has included much negative campaigning, including the flier above. It was sent out by a political action committee under the control of United Teachers Los Angeles, the local teachers union.
This mailer and others with similar themes target two challengers, Allison Holdorff Polhill and Nick Melvoin, who are backed by charter school supporters. They and Gregory Martayan are opposing two-term incumbent Steve Zimmer in the March 7 election to represent District 4, which stretches from the Westside to the west San Fernando Valley.
We are presenting fact/fiction reviews of campaign claims as the election nears. Allegations presented without sufficient evidence will be rated as false, unproven or misleading.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has cut its student suspension rate in half since 2013, thanks in part to an alternative discipline approach called restorative justice that relies on methods such as talking circles and trust-building to get at the the root of conflicts and resolve them.
Now the district is considering the same approach for a different group: parents and principals.
The school district's board considered a resolution Tuesday that would require the superintendent to create a pilot program to train school administrators in using restorative-justice practices with parents. Such a program, the resolution said, would aim "to restore and strengthen school and parent relationships and school communities when conflict arises."
An unprecedented number of Americans have called, emailed and faxed their lawmakers to share their thoughts about the U.S. Secretary of Education since she was confirmed last week. We'd love to know what you think about Betsy DeVos and her new job. Tell us.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said little about education, but he did propose an expensive plan for expanding school vouchers, which allow public money to go toward tuition at private, often religious, schools.
Then he picked Betsy DeVos, a long-time voucher advocate, as his secretary of Education.
Since DeVos' confirmation, there has been a flurry of legislative activity around charter schools and vouchers in some states.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating the death Saturday of an 18-year-old Santa Monica High School student.
Kelly Cano, a senior, was a member of the school’s choir and swim team, according to a statement from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. She is the second student that the high school has lost this school year. Sophomore Vanai Jelks, 15, died in October.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has not determined a cause of death for either student, according to an email from coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey.
This school year, Diego Flores joined the Boyle Heights Beat, a newspaper in which high school students write about the historic Latino neighborhood east of downtown. Their stories run in Spanish and English, online and in print.
It’s a small operation, run out of a donated space at an old hospital. But in the six years the Beat has been around, the paper has become a key voice for the community. The teenagers who run it have learned as much about themselves as they have about Boyle Heights.