Ellie Herman

education writer and former teacher

Guest

Writer for LA School Report and high school English teacher; writes about teaching and education policy at her blog, Gatsby in L.A.

Ellie Herman on KCRW

Some 650,000 students went back to school yesterday in Los Angeles and most of them returned to crowded classrooms. Some classes can have more than 40 kids in them.

Back to School: Class Sizes

Some 650,000 students went back to school yesterday in Los Angeles and most of them returned to crowded classrooms. Some classes can have more than 40 kids in them.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

This morning, an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled in favor of students who sued the state to change the way teachers are dismissed. The case, known as Vergara v.

Education Lawsuit Verdict

This morning, an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled in favor of students who sued the state to change the way teachers are dismissed. The case, known as Vergara v.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The  Common Core State Standards Initiative  has stirred up a lot of controversy and confusion as it continues to roll out across the country.

Common Core 101

The Common Core State Standards Initiative has stirred up a lot of controversy and confusion as it continues to roll out across the country.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

More from KCRW

Actor, writer and poet Saul Williams on not talking until he has something to say

from The Treatment

St. Vincent’s latest album “Daddy’s Home” is what we at MBE like to call “butter on the pancake”—it just all falls into place, girded by a great groove, a time-hopping presence, and the bare elegance of lyricism and storytelling for which fans have come to know and love St. Vincent.

from Morning Becomes Eclectic

Writer Nida Manzoor wanted “We Are Lady Parts,” her series about an all-female Muslim punk band, to be funny.

from The Business

LA currently has zero lesbian bars. Since the closure of LA’s last remaining gay bar in 2017, the second-largest city in the U.S.

from Greater LA

Aducanumab is not just a drug that doesn’t seem to work, but it is an enormously expensive drug but provides false hope to desperate families.

from Second Opinion

Before Lin-Manuel Miranda brought his astonishing "Hamilton" to Broadway he created "In the Heights," a Broadway musical set in a Latino, mostly Dominican neighborhood of Washington…

from Film Reviews

Music has always played an important role in cultures across the globe and across the millenia.

from Life Examined

KCRW’s Press Play asked audience members to share one habit they’ve picked up in the past year that they hope to keep.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand