Michael covers the Los Angeles Unified School District and higher education. Prior to joining EdSource, he was a reporter in Washington, D.C. He received a B.A. in journalism from Syracuse University. He won first place nationally in the in-depth reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists 2018 Mark of Excellence awards for his series on corporate influence at Syracuse University, published in The Daily Orange.
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UC San Diego leaders say they have created a safe on-campus experience for 10,000 students, a rare sight in higher education this year.
January 25, 2021
UC is being asked not to create its own test to replace the SAT. Students may instead be able to submit scores from 11th grade state exams.
January 13, 2021
Newsom proposes increased funding to California’s colleges and universities to mitigate Covid-19 impact
Higher education leaders in California mostly praised Gov. Gavin Newsom's budget proposal, which offsets some of last year's cuts.
January 8, 2021
The state chancellor’s office overseeing California’s community colleges may soon intervene at the Peralta Community College District.
January 7, 2021
More California community college students are taking transfer-level courses, but critics say colleges must do more
After taking full effect last fall, AB 705 has transformed remedial education at California’s community colleges.
December 8, 2020
Citing “unprecedented circumstances” related to Covid-19, L.A. Unified chose to renew four charter schools that otherwise met the criteria to be denied renewal under a new law.
November 25, 2020
Enrollment at public universities is down across the country, but not at the University of California, where undergraduate enrollment is up and total enrollment is flat.
November 20, 2020
California State University’s ethnic studies requirement is on track to being implemented as a lower-division class, disappointing faculty.
November 18, 2020
The next school board will be seated in December and likely have one new face: Tanya Ortiz Franklin, a former teacher.
November 4, 2020
New ethnic studies class will likely be required as part of lower-division coursework, which many students complete at community college.
November 2, 2020
L.A. Unified’ next school board will guide the district through the pandemic and influence the future of charter schools in Los Angeles.
October 28, 2020
As University of California campuses reopen, UC San Diego deploys aggressive strategy to contain Covid-19
UC San Diego is welcoming students back to campus with mass Covid-19 testing, Bluetooth technology and wastewater testing.
October 2, 2020
Panelists from California community colleges met Tuesday for a webinar hosted by EdSource to discuss faculty diversity across the system.
September 29, 2020
How one Southern California desert town has reopened its classrooms to hundreds of elementary school students
Lucerne Valley Elementary in San Bernardino County was one of the first public schools in the state to get approval to reopen.
September 4, 2020
UC’s Board of Regents voted in May to stop requiring the exams, but some campuses were still giving students the option to submit scores.