Mikhail Zinshteyn is EdSource’s reporter on community colleges and other higher education matters in California and is based at EdSource’s Los Angeles office. He previously worked as a program manager at Education Writers Association, helping to lead data and news-gathering trainings for reporters. He was also a contributing writer for The Atlantic and The Hechinger Report. Mikhail, whose name is pronounced “Michael,” was born in the Soviet Union. Mikhail earned a degree in Philosophy and Russian at Union College and a master’s in comparative politics at The London School of Economics. Pell grants helped cover the cost of his education.
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California community college students are getting free tuition, laptops and textbooks as colleges spend $46 million in state “free tuition” funds.
February 14, 2019
The proposal continues efforts by the California Community Colleges to increase state support to cover student costs beyond tuition: housing, food, transportation and other expenses.
February 14, 2019
President and CEO named for California's new online community college
February 6, 2019
The move helps students earn the credits needed to transfer to a University of California or California State University campus.
January 23, 2019
Beyond higher pay and smaller classes, charter debate is undercurrent of teachers strike in Los Angeles
Union leaders at Los Angeles Unified are concerned that the growth of charter schools has come at the expense of dollars for district schools and the teachers working in them.
January 16, 2019
As California community colleges gear up to teach less remedial math, one college shows how it can be done
College of the Canyons has been a trailblazer for several years with its policy of placing more of its students in math classes that count for transfer instead of remedial courses.
January 14, 2019
Nine community colleges say they will reject state aid rather than be forced to offer federal loans to students out of fears that if students default on their loans, colleges may be hit with federal sanctions.
December 9, 2018
The money will go toward developing courses for workers to advance to supervisors in the retail and service industries.
October 9, 2018
California community college leaders want to remove restrictions that keep hundreds of thousands of students from receiving the Cal Grant by basing the size of the grant on the total cost of college attendance.
October 8, 2018
The request for the 2019-20 fiscal year, is the opening round in budget negotiations between the college system, the Legislature and the governor’s office, an annual process that ends with a new state budget in June, 2019.
September 18, 2018
California is betting that a $3 million investment to borrow a New York City model that doubled graduation rates will be the spark its community colleges need to dramatically improve student outcomes.
August 28, 2018
While an estimated 80 percent of students in 2016 were placed in remedial education, “a majority of students will be placed directly into transfer-level courses” under the recommendations from the chancellor’s office.
August 20, 2018
Students aiming for the Ivy League, Stanford, UC Berkeley or other top private and public universities learn about how to get there.
August 8, 2018
Educators and the public do not have data that "in my view greatly improve students' performance and their ultimate employment," said Sen. Steve Glazer (D – Orinda), chair of the select committee on student success in the Senate.
August 8, 2018
Timeline for new California online college 'aggressive' but doable, says community college chancellor
The California Online College legally exists and is fully funded, but many details are not yet in place even as it is under a tight deadline to begin enrolling students by the final quarter of 2019.
August 6, 2018
Azusa Pacific University, Mills College, Pepperdine and University of San Francisco are some of the 36 colleges involved.
July 25, 2018
With state funding secure, plans are underway for the first students to enroll in the fall of 2019. The new college will serve the 2.5 million so-called stranded workers who lack a college degree but need skills to advance
July 16, 2018
State Board also votes to continue exploring a way to measure a school’s impact on student learning. Advocates say a “growth model" will be more precise than the method the state uses now.
July 11, 2018
Work less, study more: California will give grants to community college students attending full-time
Grants are aimed at getting more students to earn degrees in two or four years
July 6, 2018
As the state Legislature and the governor allocate more spending on programs designed to improve student outcomes, access to good data is essential to monitoring the progress of those programs, the report said.
June 13, 2018
Legislative leaders in Sacramento strike deal with Gov. Brown on education funding in his last budget
The compromise deal would create a new online community college, raise funding for the UC and CSU, and reform how community colleges are funded. The deal also adds $400 million to LCFF.
June 9, 2018
All four leading Democratic candidates respond to EdSource questionnaire on education issues; the two leading Republicans did not.
May 30, 2018
While most states have some system that links their high school and college data to track what happens to students once they exit high school, California does not.
May 17, 2018
Also threatens to trim other funding if the universities raises tuition and as a result triggers automatic increases in state aid for students.
May 11, 2018
A hike is still possible if the state legislature fails to include more funding in its budget.
April 26, 2018
Medical coders training fills a need in California for some 1,600 coders annually through 2024.
April 24, 2018
Some lawmakers are saying it is rushed and lacks enough buy-in from college presidents and faculty. Others worry the plan itself may cost the colleges and their students financially.
April 20, 2018
California's online college proposal ignites support among workers and opposition among some lawmakers
“This is a game changer for workers,” said Rebecca Miller, the political director of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, at a March legislative hearing about Brown’s proposal.
April 11, 2018
California in recent years has been encouraging more youth to vote and has urged 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register.
April 6, 2018
Gubernatorial candidate and State Treasurer John Chang said he wants to boost state funding, seek efficiencies and identify other revenues so tuition at UC and Cal State roll back more than 40 percent and that two years of community college are free.
April 3, 2018
The joining of forces will give Envision Learning Partners greater research heft behind its consulting work, which already includes nearly 500 charter and district-run schools across the country.
March 21, 2018
The Legislative Analyst’s Office is recommending that Brown tie funding to the academic outcomes of low-income students.
March 13, 2018
University of California president wants to offer guaranteed admission to qualified community college students
The program would be similar to one offered by the California State University system.
March 7, 2018
More than 100 community colleges are beefing up their services for students who lack adequate food or shelter.
February 11, 2018
Brown said his proposal would help workers who have no other options and won't compete with bricks and mortar schools or the existing community colleges, or UC or CSU.
January 26, 2018
Brown's budget includes $100 million to create new online community college
January 10, 2018
Enrollment in the state’s teacher preparation programs has declined more than 70 percent over the past decade, according to the Learning Policy Institute.
January 9, 2018
Novel program allowing California community colleges to award bachelor's degrees not yet ready to expand
An independent report gives mixed reviews — positives include attracting students to bachelor’s programs and approval from some regional employers.
December 20, 2017
Veteran California college financing expert says colleges can share costs and benefits of new buildings as one way to pay for $47.2 billion in construction needed by college systems.
December 14, 2017
Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed the suit today in federal court in San Francisco against the federal department and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
December 14, 2017
STEM Academy of Hollywood, a Linked Learning high school, shows impact of California's investment in career and technical education
November 30, 2017
California's high school graduation standards are weaker than what the UC and CSU systems expect, a new study says.
November 27, 2017
Both faculty leaders and members of the Board of Governors – the group that oversees the 114-campus system – said the process for creating an online college is rushed and expressed skepticism about the merits of a fully online college program.
November 13, 2017
California has millions of jobs for workers without a college degree as long they’re trained in the skills needed for these new service-sector jobs.
November 12, 2017
Faculty want more time to adjust courses and get ready for changes. Cal State administration says campuses can apply for extensions on some portions of the reform plan.
November 1, 2017
Californians worry about the cost of college though many say college is not needed for a successful life
Nearly half of adults and 55 percent of likely voters say there are “many ways to succeed without a college education.” But political affiliation and demographics indicate a split in opinion on the role of higher education.
November 1, 2017
The survey by BerkeleyIGS/EdSource shows that 69 percent of voters “believe is it very important for the state’s public schools to put greater emphasis on preparing high school students who may not end up going to college to be successful in the workforce” while just 28 percent say schools near them “are doing an excellent or good job in this area.”
October 18, 2017
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law about 100 bills related to education or children's issues. Most came from the Assembly. Some 26 were vetoed based on an EdSource tally of the bills that made it to his desk this year.
October 16, 2017
The $8.1 million aims to give the state’s largest student demographic group more opportunities to learn from a Latino or Hispanic teacher.
October 11, 2017
The analysis challenges community colleges to educate more students to fill the tens of thousands of jobs that will be created in the next five years.
October 5, 2017
The findings indicate that these “dual enrollment” classes may be a new tool as California grapples with a looming shortage of college-educated workers.
September 27, 2017
Fresno, the state’s rural north counties and Los Angeles are each receiving $350,000 to support their college-going efforts. The project’s planners expect that their investments will lead to 30,000 to 50,000 more workers with degrees and certificates in California by the end of 2020.
September 24, 2017
The system hopes to use the money to add hundreds of additional faculty to the system’s 114 colleges and beef up various student support programs.
September 18, 2017
Under a proposed bill headed to the governor’s desk that passed unanimously in the state Legislature, many more Community College students may soon avoid remedial courses by taking college-level courses that prepare them for a degree or transfer to a four-year university.
September 15, 2017
If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Bill 19 would allow for an estimated 19,000 additional students to take advantage of the state’s generous subsidies for community college students – irrespective of their financial need – under a new program called California College Promise.
September 14, 2017
Tuition went up 2.7 percent to $12,630 for in-state undergraduates this fall, the first hike in six years. Officials say University of California system may need more revenue for next year.
September 13, 2017
California’s community college students confront a series of frustrations as they navigate the path to a four-year degree, enduring confusing and sometimes contradictory policies that result in just a small share of students actually transferring to a Cal State or University of California campus, according to a new report.
September 11, 2017
Crete Academy, near South L.A.’s Leimert Park neighborhood, is one of nine new independent charters opening within Los Angeles Unified School District this year, and the only one dedicated to fighting homelessness with an arsenal of social services to help families.
August 10, 2017
California's 23-campus public education system announces far-reaching strategies in response to growing evidence that instead of helping them, remedial or developmental classes pose impediments to graduation for many students.
August 3, 2017
The changes will permit students who are not pursuing math or science majors to take non-algebra based math courses for general education, such as statistics, personal finance or even game theory and computer science.
August 1, 2017
Find out how many charters are in California and in the U.S., what the major fault lines are between charter schools and their opponents, and what some of the functions of charters are that make them distinct from traditional public schools.
July 20, 2017
While praising the plan’s targets, members of the California community Colleges Board of Governors also questioned whether the goals can become reality given the state’s complicated structure for governing community colleges.
July 17, 2017
If approved and carried out, the plan could lead to more Californians with two- or four-year degrees entering the workforce.
July 16, 2017
Rodriguez says Los Angeles should shut down poor-performing charters while successful ones can share their practices with the rest of the district.
July 7, 2017
Regulations that would have forgiven loans for students defrauded by for-profit colleges were supposed to go into effect on July 1.
July 6, 2017
Though often outshone by their coastal neighbors, California’s central and eastern regions are home to millions of potential college students who could make the difference between the state boasting a thriving economy – or not.
June 27, 2017
The Netflix co-founder who has donated some of the biggest sums to charter school causes in California since 2011 thinks elected school boards are holding back education progress in the United States.
June 21, 2017
About 30 percent of Oakland students attend charter schools – one of the highest concentrations of charter students in the state.
June 20, 2017
Kelly Gonez was backed by charter school advocates, but says expanding the number of charters is not what she is interested in doing.
June 18, 2017
Unlike independent charters, affiliated charters’ student discipline policies match the district’s. They operate out of district buildings that they don’t have to pay for and the district covers their administrative expenses. Affiliated or dependent charters are “really connected to the mother ship,” said José Cole-Gutiérrez, director of the L.A. Unified’s charter school division, the body that oversees both groups of charters.
June 13, 2017
The U.S. Department of Education, which funds much of the K-12 and higher education programs nationally, would be downsized by more than 13 percent.
May 23, 2017
Trump's budget proposal must still win Congressional approval. Among the deep spending cuts are $143 billion in cuts to higher education over the next decade, according to a budget summary released on Monday.
May 22, 2017
The race for the three board seats generated nearly $17 million in campaign spending.
May 17, 2017
Buttressed by its roughly $18 million in political spending in 2015 and 2016, the California Charter Schools Association is a rising political force in California that’s challenging the teachers unions’ prowess in shaping local and state education law.
May 3, 2017
California lags behind 40 other states in spending money on children for services such as education and healthcare, according to a new report.
April 25, 2017
Californians on both sides of the charter school debate can expect another year of hearings over Senate Bill 808, a bill that critics claim could lead to the shuttering of many charter schools.
April 24, 2017
A bill that would have allowed only school districts to approve new charter petitions is very much alive despite being shelved Monday by its sponsor.
April 20, 2017
The bill would give school districts more power to approve or deny charter schools, which charter school advocates argue would lead to many charter schools closing their doors.
April 17, 2017
Trump called for $1.4 billion in new funding for a school choice program that includes $168 million for expanding charter schools.
March 21, 2017
KIPP charter school network reports that many of its college-going alumni experience significant hardships, including sometimes lacking the funds to afford meals.
March 8, 2017
Three school board seat races generated $6.7 million in campaign contributions, much of it from charter school advocates and labor groups.
March 8, 2017
Voters will go to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots for three seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education.