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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Thousands of Los Angeles high school students are not accessing online learning during school closures
On any given day, one-third of high schoolers in L.A. Unified have not been participating in online classes during the coronavirus pandemic.
March 30, 2020
Some colleges are moving all classes online, while others are moving only lectures online. A few colleges are canceling classes completely.
March 18, 2020
Cal Maritime and UC Merced were the final holdouts in the CSU and UC systems but now say they will move most or all courses online.
March 17, 2020
Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley was also given broad emergency powers to ensure students continue learning amid the coronavirus outbreak.
March 16, 2020
From San Diego to Humboldt, colleges throughout California are suspending in-person classes in response to the threat of coronavirus.
March 14, 2020
More than 1,200 public and private K-12 schools have announced closures or moved to online learning due to concerns about coronavirus.
March 13, 2020
Community colleges across California can skip the usual approval process required for moving classes online.
March 12, 2020
Jackie Goldberg is headed toward reelection to the Los Angeles school board, but two other races likely won't be decided until the fall.
March 4, 2020
A majority of school board seats in Los Angeles are on the ballot next week in a crucial election for the state’s largest school district.
February 26, 2020
More than 300,000 additional community college students would be eligible for Cal Grants covering non-tuition costs under a new proposal.
February 21, 2020
An independent group will be commissioned to study CSU's proposal to require a fourth year of high school math in freshman admissions.
January 29, 2020
CSU still plans to require four years of high school math for freshman admissions, effective in 2027, but will delay formal vote to 2022.
January 21, 2020
In an interview, Alex Caputo-Pearl discusses the L.A. Unified strike’s legacy, current relations between the union and district and more.
January 17, 2020
California governor keeps key higher education pledges but significant aid for non-tuition costs remains
Gov. Gavin Newsom expanded financial aid, but experts and activists hope for more progress in the coming year to help students cover non-tuition costs.
January 6, 2020
California’s largest school district published academic growth data, which measure how students improve from year to year.