Welcome to Essential Education, our daily look at education in California and beyond. Here's the latest:
- How L.A. Unified built 131 new campuses and expanded 65 existing ones over 20 years for the cost of $10 billion.
- L.A. Unified's board is meeting today to discuss a new meeting schedule and a few high school modernization projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars, among other things. You can follow along here.
As violence erupted in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, with three killed and dozens injured around one of the largest white nationalist rallies in a decade, TV screens and news feeds across America were filled with images of chaos and terror.
While politicians including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sen. Dianne Feinstein reacted by condemning the attacks, calling for “hope and prayers for peace” and reminders that “violent acts of hate and bigotry have no place in America,” parents seeing the news were faced with a dilemma that’s becoming an increasing concern for American families: whether, and how, to talk about violence and racism with their children.
Mental health experts and parents discussed their experiences Saturday, and shared advice for talking to children about the violence in Charlottesville. Here are their tips: