Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
In and around Los Angeles:
- With a newly reconfigured school board behind them, L.A.'s charter schools are trying to change some of the rules.
- Parents are shocked and concerned about plastic flutes that might have been tainted with semen.
- The L.A. County education office conceded that Long Beach's school spending plan should not have been approved.
- Thanks to the high cost of housing, the number of homeless students is on the rise in California. More than 200,000 K-12 students in the state lack stable housing.
- California is launching a Race to Submit campaign at the start of this year's financial aid application season.
- A Senate hearing on Tuesday showed how far lawmakers are from striking a deal on DACA.
- President Trump has nominated an opponent of the Common Core for a top Department of Education job, but most of the key positions in the department remain empty.
Bonus, because you're probably in the mood for something lighter right about now:
- Ashton Kutcher and LAUSD alum Mila Kunis are reportedly disagreeing about whether to send their kids to public schools.