EdSource Today Reports: Race, Ethnicity

Report: Juvenile justice system schools “do more harm than good”

Report: Juvenile justice system schools “do more harm than good”

The education provided to the 70,000 juveniles incarcerated on any given day across the nation is “substandard” and “is setting them even further back in their ability to turn their lives around,” according to a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, High School Completion, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity

Effort to repeal affirmative action ban stalls in the Legislature

Effort to repeal affirmative action ban stalls in the Legislature

Facing an outcry from some Asian-American groups and shifting support in the Legislature, a state lawmaker on Monday backed off efforts to repeal California’s ban on affirmative action programs in university admissions. Senate Constitutional Amendment No. ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, Featured, Legislature and Bills, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity, UC and CSU

San Francisco Unified eliminates ‘willful defiance’ as a reason to expel or suspend students

Administrators in San Francisco Unified will no longer be able to use “willful defiance” as a reason to suspend or expel a student, beginning in the 2014-15 school year. San Francisco’s school board voted unanimously Tuesday ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Poverty, Race, Ethnicity, Reporting & Analysis, School Boards

NCLB co-author says he never anticipated federal law would force testing obsession

NCLB co-author says he never anticipated federal law would force testing obsession

Rep. George Miller, a leading architect of the No Child Left Behind legislation, says he never anticipated that the landmark education law would ignite the testing obsession that engulfed the nation’s schools, leading to what ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Evaluations, Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, No Child Left Behind, Poverty, Q&A, Race, Ethnicity, Reporting & Analysis, Standards, State and Federal Policies, Tests and Assessments

New suspension data show drop in use of ‘willful defiance,’ but ethnic disparity remains

New suspension data show drop in use of ‘willful defiance,’ but ethnic disparity remains

Fewer students are being suspended for the controversial category of willful defiance, but African American students are still much more likely than their peers to be suspended for that reason, new data released Wednesday show. The ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Race, Ethnicity, Reporting & Analysis

California ‘average’ when it comes to preparing students for college, study says

California ‘average’ when it comes to preparing students for college, study says

Location plays a significant part in determining whether California students are prepared for college, according to a new study that found significant differences in college-going rates across the state. Regional differences are starkest among students taking advanced ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: A to G Curriculum, California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, College Completion, Community Colleges, Featured, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity, UC and CSU, Workforce preparation

San Francisco Unified votes to restrict police role on school campuses

(Updated to reflect school board’s action) San Francisco Unified on Tuesday unanimously approved a tentative agreement with the San Francisco Police Department that limits police involvement in school disciplinary matters. In approving the agreement, the board ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity

EdSource Today’s Susan Frey featured on KPCC

EdSource Today reporter Susan Frey, who covers disciplinary issues, was interviewed by KPCC Take Two host Alex Cohen about an EdSource analysis of the use of “willful defiance” of authorities by California’s 30 largest districts ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity

Largest school districts vary widely in use of ‘willful defiance’ to suspend students

Largest school districts vary widely in use of ‘willful defiance’ to suspend students

An EdSource analysis has found dramatic differences among the state’s largest school districts in their reliance on the controversial category of “willful defiance” of school authorities as a reason to suspend students. In a review of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charts and Data, Equity issues, Featured, High School Completion, K-12 Reform, Race, Ethnicity, Reporting & Analysis

Taking stock of Jonathan Raymond’s tenure and legacy at Sac City

Taking stock of Jonathan Raymond’s tenure and legacy at Sac City

Jonathan Raymond saw his charge as superintendent of Sacramento City Unified as transforming the district. This week, after 4½ years leading the 42,000-student district, he departs with a credible list of accomplishments at least partly attributable to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: After School, Extra Time, Featured, K-12 Reform, Program innovation, Race, Ethnicity, Reporting & Analysis, Systemic Change, Teacher Pensions, Teacher Tenure, Teachers and Admin