Education

In the 1990s, a reading strategy called “balanced literacy” took over CA public schools. The problem? Kids didn’t learn to read. Now, phonics is making a comeback.

from KCRW Features

“The ABCs of Book Banning” is an Oscar-nominated short documentary about the recent push by conservative states and school districts to ban books about race and gender identity on…

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

For decades, the promise of higher education was the recipe for success. But many people today are now searching for an alternative to traditional college.

Why Americans lost faith in college education

For decades, the promise of higher education was the recipe for success. But many people today are now searching for an alternative to traditional college.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California will spend $2 billion to address learning loss, settling a lawsuit that alleged it violated children’s rights to equal education during the pandemic.

CA students stuck with pandemic learning loss win settlement

California will spend $2 billion to address learning loss, settling a lawsuit that alleged it violated children’s rights to equal education during the pandemic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Claremont Institute, a conservative Southern California think tank, helped spearhead a national campaign to ban DEI on public college campuses.

SoCal think tank is fueling anti-DEI efforts in red states

The Claremont Institute, a conservative Southern California think tank, helped spearhead a national campaign to ban DEI on public college campuses.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

With state governments largely abdicating any role in getting kids back into classrooms, some schools have turned to private companies for a reimagined version of the truant officer.

Chronic absenteeism crisis: Quarter of kids miss 10+ days per year

With state governments largely abdicating any role in getting kids back into classrooms, some schools have turned to private companies for a reimagined version of the truant officer.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Supreme Court will decide whether Donald Trump will appear on this year’s ballot. Will President Biden’s message on democracy capture voters’ attention?

2024 presidential race: Biden launches campaign, is Trump eligible?

The Supreme Court will decide whether Donald Trump will appear on this year’s ballot. Will President Biden’s message on democracy capture voters’ attention?

from Left, Right & Center

Preschools that receive state funding largely can’t expel or suspend students. What does that mean for schools that have seen an uptick in bad behavior?

CA generally can’t kick out unruly preschoolers. How are teachers faring?

Preschools that receive state funding largely can’t expel or suspend students. What does that mean for schools that have seen an uptick in bad behavior?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This fall, a new major is available at UCLA’s campus: Disability Studies. The aim is to decrease stigma, highlight ableism, and create a more accessible world.

Disability Studies: UCLA brings new major to campus

This fall, a new major is available at UCLA’s campus: Disability Studies. The aim is to decrease stigma, highlight ableism, and create a more accessible world.

from Greater LA

A House resolution equates antizionism with antisemitism. Is that a mistake? Plus, school libraries became a free speech battleground in Florida.

Why is the House focusing on antizionism while addressing antisemitism?

A House resolution equates antizionism with antisemitism. Is that a mistake? Plus, school libraries became a free speech battleground in Florida.

from Left, Right & Center

A composting program at The Wesley School helps the planet, with an added benefit: teaching kids to be hopeful about participating in climate action.

How to inspire climate hope in kids? Get their hands dirty

A composting program at The Wesley School helps the planet, with an added benefit: teaching kids to be hopeful about participating in climate action.

from Greater LA

The one-day Cal State LA faculty strike is the third of four planned statewide this week.

Cal State faculty’s rolling strikes arrive in LA

The one-day Cal State LA faculty strike is the third of four planned statewide this week.

from Greater LA

Cursive is making a comeback. Starting next year, instruction of the flowy penmanship will be mandatory for all California elementary school children.

New skill or waste of time? Cursive returns to CA classrooms

Cursive is making a comeback. Starting next year, instruction of the flowy penmanship will be mandatory for all California elementary school children.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A new law asks California schools to incorporate media literacy lessons into English, math, science, and social studies curriculums.

Can teaching media literacy in schools help fight misinformation?

A new law asks California schools to incorporate media literacy lessons into English, math, science, and social studies curriculums.

from Greater LA

Homeschooling has long been common for religious families and those with aversions to public school, but the pandemic seems to have widened its appeal.

‘We’re not all anti-vaxxers’ – meet LA’s new homeschoolers

Homeschooling has long been common for religious families and those with aversions to public school, but the pandemic seems to have widened its appeal.

from Greater LA

One workshop in Downtown LA has been tuning, restringing, and repairing broken instruments for LAUSD students for six decades. It’s among the last of its kind.

Downtown repair shop keeps LA’s music education going

One workshop in Downtown LA has been tuning, restringing, and repairing broken instruments for LAUSD students for six decades. It’s among the last of its kind.

from Greater LA

A husband and wife duo has created the Teacher Village Initiative, which offers resources and training for Black educators.

A teacher village program cultivates Black male educators in LA

A husband and wife duo has created the Teacher Village Initiative, which offers resources and training for Black educators.

from KCRW Features

The Florentine Codex contains over 2,500 pages of text and images detailing Nahua civilization from the Indigenous perspective. It’s available digitally thanks to UCLA and the Getty.

Historic Nahua manuscript gets digital treatment from UCLA and Getty

The Florentine Codex contains over 2,500 pages of text and images detailing Nahua civilization from the Indigenous perspective. It’s available digitally thanks to UCLA and the Getty.

from Greater LA

California is investing millions to change the way kids eat at school. Learn how one SoCal program is turning kids on to fresh produce, one watermelon at a time.

From tree to tray, SoCal’s farm-to-school movement is growing

California is investing millions to change the way kids eat at school. Learn how one SoCal program is turning kids on to fresh produce, one watermelon at a time.

from Greater LA

The Rage Against the Machine guitarist and political activist is partnering with a nonprofit to launch music programs at schools across the country.

Tom Morello brings his ‘school of rock’ to Van Nuys High School

The Rage Against the Machine guitarist and political activist is partnering with a nonprofit to launch music programs at schools across the country.

from Greater LA