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New L.A. Schools Chief Alberto Carvalho on Declining Enrollment, Academic Recovery and How ‘Failure is Not in My DNA’

Alberto Carvalho, who took over as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District just two weeks ago, wasted little time in setting ambitious goals for his new administration. In a 100-day plan unveiled last week, he said he would focus on academic recovery and consider shifting funds from the district’s expensive COVID testing program to pay for it.

February 28, 2022 | The 74 Million
To Build a Pipeline of Workers for the Economy of the Future, High School Students Need CTE Training in Green Jobs. Federal Funding Can Help

Developing a talent pipeline of students ready to enter the workforce as the clean energy transition accelerates would be a win for students, employers and the environment, writes Rachel Rosen, senior associate and co-director of MDRC’s Center for Effective Career and Technical Education

February 23, 2022 | The 74 Million
New Tennessee Teacher Apprenticeship Program Hailed as ‘Game Changer’ in Effort to Reduce Classroom Shortages

Recruiting classroom assistants into teaching is a “logical and sound investment” for policymakers, Amaya Garcia told The 74 Million.

February 22, 2022 | The 74 Million
There’s a Huge Gap Between How We Talk About Teachers & How We Treat Them. Some Ways to Make Teaching the Sought-After Profession It Should Be

If kids are to have the teachers they need to recover from the pandemic, it’s time to take teaching from the object of sitcom jokes to the sought-after profession it should be, writes TNTP's executive vice president Victoria Van Cleef.

February 22, 2022 | The 74 Million
Analysis: School Repairs? New Instructional Materials? How Districts With Different Poverty Levels Are Spending COVID Relief Funds

Districts' COVID relief spending plans suggest that this historic infusion of cash could help the most underserved communities recover not only from the pandemic, but from years of disinvestment.

February 15, 2022 | The 74 Million
New L.A. Schools Chief Carvalho Starts Monday With Immediate Challenge: College Readiness Among Black and Latino Students Has Plunged

Before COVID-19, almost two-thirds of Latino students in Los Angeles Unified School District were completing the courses required for admission to the UC and CSU systems. In 2020, the rate fell to 54%.

February 11, 2022 | The 74 Million
Analysis: School Quality, College and Career Pathways, Tracking — New Ed Surveys Find Surprising Agreement in How Parents & Young People Think

Two new surveys find parents and young adults are critical of the overall performance of K-12 and postsecondary education and want options beyond the singular “college for all."

February 8, 2022 | The 74 Million
Recovery Funds are Driving Bright Ideas in Education. Our New Dashboard Showcases the Best — and Can Guide Schools in Their Own Innovations

The new EduRecoveryHub highlights innovations — including for accelerating learning, supporting educators and families, and improving facilities and technology — aggregates them in a convenient online platform and provides helpful context.

January 26, 2022 | The 74 Million
How Elected Officials and Policymakers Can Strengthen Work-Based Education Programs for a Future-Ready Workforce

Fixing the school-to-career pipeline will become the driver of economic recovery. Schools must have the support to prepare learners for opportunities in indispensable high-wage, high-skill occupations that have proven resilient during economic upheavals, writes NAF's Tiffany Barfield.

January 19, 2022 | The 74 Million