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Economic segregation in schools has worsened, widening achievement gaps, study says

The segregation of young students from low-income families — brought on by climbing Latino enrollments and the departure of white and middle-class families — has worsened across the country over a 15-year period, contributing to widening achievement gaps along economic and racial lines, a new study has concluded.

February 1, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California schools under intense strain, fighting to stay open during Omicron surge

Educators across California are in triage mode working to keep campuses open and the state’s 6 million children in class as Omicron-fueled coronavirus cases surge.

January 15, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California’s undergraduate enrollment dropped by about 250,000 during pandemic years

California’s fall 2021 undergraduate enrollment dropped by nearly a quarter-million students since pre-pandemic fall 2019, according to a survey released Thursday.

January 14, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California schools face funding crisis as student population declines

Gov. Gavin Newsom projected another year of record funding for schools during his budget presentation on Monday but warned that some districts could be in financial trouble as student enrollment continues to decline.

January 11, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
State seeks to speed credentials for 10,000 direly needed school mental health counselors

Confronted with a shortage of school mental health counselors, the state Department of Education is seeking to bring 10,000 more professionals to campuses at a time when federal public health officials are calling for action to address the nation’s growing youth mental health crisis.

January 5, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
California lawmakers may stop tying K-12 schools’ funding to daily attendance

After decades of linking K-12 school funding to daily student attendance, California lawmakers are poised to consider abolishing that standard, choosing instead a new method that could provide a significant boost to big districts.

January 3, 2022 | Los Angeles Times
Cal State poised to drop SAT admission requirement as chancellor supports scrapping test

California State University, the largest four-year university system in the nation, is poised to drop the SAT and ACT as an admissions requirement — a move that would follow the University of California’s elimination of the exams and further shake up the standardized testing landscape as hundreds of campuses across the nation shift away from the assessments.

December 15, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Surgeon general warns of emerging youth mental health crisis in rare public advisory

Citing mounting evidence of ongoing harm, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges confronting youth, a rare warning and call to action to address what he called an emerging crisis exacerbated by pandemic hardships.

December 7, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Why didn’t we talk about race in high school?

In an illustrated essay, Malaka Gharib explores why her high school didn't tackle issues of race and ethnicity during her time as a student.

November 28, 2021 | Los Angeles Times