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 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.
April 6, 2020
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.