Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
- All L.A. Unified schools now are back in session after closures due to wildfires last week.
- The L.A. school board will consider a plan to increase transparency by putting more information online.
In and around Los Angeles:
- Michelle King announced L.A. Unified's highest ever graduation rate. Again.
- Celerity, an L.A. charter school network under local and federal investigation, is parting from its parent group and a longtime leader.
- Follow today's California State Board of Education meeting with us.
- The Obama administration would not let California suspend an old science test, but California did so anyway, and Betsy DeVos' Department of Education retroactively approved the change.
- Stephen K. Bannon is scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley later this month.
- Meet Detroit Public Schools superintendent Nikolai Vitti, and read about his reaction to learning that the district spent $340,000 on Domino's Pizza for classroom parties last year.
- Betsy DeVos has embarked on a "Rethink School" bus tour.