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Los Angeles school board candidates share platforms at forum

Rebecca Katz

Eight of the 11 school board candidates running for three open seats in the Los Angeles Unified School district spoke at a series of online forums last week, addressing issues ranging from  mental health, COVID learning loss and teacher retention. Also up for discussion were district specific issues and safety after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. The primary is Tuesday, June 7.

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Q&A: LAUSD school board candidates explain why they're running

LA School Report

Candidates vying for three open seats discuss issues ranging from chronic absenteeism to school equity, to pandemic recovery; and why they are best qualified to represent families confronting these challenges.

Meet the candidates.

COVID learning loss comparable to that inflicted by Hurricane Katrina, study finds; math drops outpace reading

Kevin Mahnken

Studies released over the last two years have shown incontrovertibly that American students have experienced significant academic setbacks during the pandemic. Precisely how much is still unknown, but new research offers a stark precedent: Comparing test scores from over 5 million students across 2019, 2020 and 2021, the authors find that learning loss during COVID has exceeded that suffered by students in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. While the disruptions were significant across the board, performance declines in math were greater than in reading — and set in faster once schools began to close. “If you think about how prolonged the disruptions were, it does make sense to me that we saw larger drops than we did during the hurricane,” researcher Megan Kuhfeld said.

Kevin Mahnken reports.

What else we’re reading

Bill would allow lawsuits for marketing guns to kids (CalMatters)

COVID Vaccinations for toddlers to start after Juneteenth, White House predicts (The 74)

L.A. City Council seeks to ban homeless encampments near every school, daycare center (Los Angeles Times)

Reparations could include tuition, housing grants, California task force says (CalMatters)

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