Paloma Esquivel is an education reporter for the Los Angeles Times. She was on the team that won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for public service for investigating corruption in the city of Bell and the team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for coverage of the San Bernardino terror attack. Prior to joining The Times in 2007, she was a freelance writer, worked in Spanish-language radio and was an occasional substitute teacher. A Southern California native, she graduated from UC Berkeley and has a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University.
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The ‘Zoom in a room’ option for in-person schooling — the format for high schools in Los Angeles and San Francisco — has failed to draw back the vast majority of students.
In-person schooling looks very different from neighborhood to neighborhood, especially at the elementary school level.
Some 1.1 million students in California are English learners. Experts say schools must make immediate and swift interventions to salvage their education.
Más de 1.1 millones de estudiantes en California son considerados estudiantes de inglés y los expertos dicen que las escuelas deben hacer intervenciones inmediatas y rápidas para salvar la educación.
Los responsables políticos de California están presionando para que las escuelas vuelvan a abrir. Pero no hay consenso entre los padres y cuidadores sobre si los estudiantes deben volver.
California policymakers are pushing for schools to reopen. But there’s no consensus among parents and caregivers about whether students should return.
Las escuelas primarias de la mayor parte del estado están preparadas para reabrir, pero su calendario dependerá de factores locales. L.A. Unified parece lejos de estar listo.
Elementary schools across most of the state are clear to reopen, but their timetable for doing so will depend on local factors. L.A. Unified appears to be far from ready.
A Times survey of over 20 school districts found that those in wealthier, whiter communities were more likely to be moving full steam ahead to reopen elementary schools.
The current school year ends June 10, and a parent group is pushing for campuses to reopen, but it depends on how quickly teachers can be vaccinated.