LAUSD’s New 35 Magnet Programs

On May 9, with very little fanfare, the LAUSD school board approved the creation of 35 new magnets for the 2018-19 school year. That is a huge jump. The district added only 14 new magnets in 2016, and 13 in 2017. Adding 35 magnets substantially increases the magnet student spots. It will open approximately 7,778 magnet […]

Are My Grades Accurate?

Many people whine about standardized tests. I love them. I love them because I find them to be accurate at gauging my students’ understanding of the mathematics. Students who got A’s in my class get high scores on the state test. Students who got D’s or F’s get low scores. I know this sounds anecdotal, […]

Vouchers and Special Education in Los Angeles

Everyone is talking vouchers. I heard a particularly interesting piece on NPR last week that talked about the struggles of one family in Florida trying to use vouchers to find a private school that would accept their child with special needs. (Spoiler alert: they couldn’t find one). So let me just ask the question: What would vouchers mean […]

Where is LAUSD enrollment shrinking?

LAUSD enrollment is declining. This is not news. But where is that happening? Is it happening all over, or just in certain places?And in what grades? Between in 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, enrollment in traditional LAUSD schools dropped by 9,439 students. Meanwhile, charter school enrollment in LAUSD is growing. In the same time period, charter […]