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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The coronavirus pandemic has forced college seniors to abandon the traditional celebrations and ceremonies associated with graduation.
May 29, 2020
The L.A. County Office of Education released a 43-page framework that is meant to serve as a guide to 80 districts for reopening schools.
May 27, 2020
College Board says students who couldn’t submit exams must retake them in June. Students instead want their original responses to be graded.
May 21, 2020
UC, CSU and community colleges face significant declines in state funding, prompting fears of tuition hikes and program cuts. Federal funds might ease the pain.
May 15, 2020
Chancellor Tim White said it will be necessary for classes to continue being held virtually because of "evolving data" on the coronavirus.
May 12, 2020
With almost all LA Unified students now connected to online learning, superintendent shares latest details on summer school program.
May 11, 2020
Federal stimulus dollars could help but officials warn of further revenue declines.
May 5, 2020
The summer session will be conducted virtually as LA Unified continues to work to connect all students to online learning.
May 4, 2020
Superintendent Austin Beutner reiterated Monday that in-person classes won't resume in LA Unified until health officials say it is safe.
April 27, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown LA Unified's budget into an uncertain state. Drops in enrollment further hurt the district's finances.
April 21, 2020
LA Unified has been forced to spend on unexpected costs associated with the pandemic, including providing meals and technology to students.
April 20, 2020
Los Angeles plans for virtual summer school as district officially ends in-person classes for rest of school year
LA Unified schools is planning to offer virtual summer school to all students to make up for lost learning as the district officially ends in-person instruction for this school year and offers online learning.
April 13, 2020
From testing drugs to using artificial intelligence, scientists across California are studying a variety of possible coronavirus solutions.
April 13, 2020
Teachers have flexibility under the deal, which outlines how distance learning will continue for the rest of the school year.
April 9, 2020
L.A. Unified has made progress connecting with high schoolers during school closures but gaps remain for elementary school students.