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Can college courses for high school students lure families back to LAUSD?

Rebecca Katz

In an effort to lure families back to Los Angeles district schools, where enrollment has been on a steep decline, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho plans to expand a national program offering elite college courses to low-income students. Currently in two L.A. schools, the National Equity Lab aims to send more students to four-year universities. “There aren’t many programs that meet students where they are… while participating in the highest level of collegiate education,” Carvalho told LA School Report.

Rebecca Katz has the story.

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New research points to ‘Loudoun County effect’: When parents clash over ideology, kids’ school performance suffers

Kevin Mahnken

Schools have become some of America’s most contentious social arenas, with debates over curriculum and equity policies blowing up into viral confrontations and recall campaigns. New research suggests that adults' disputes can have a measurable effect on how kids learn. In a study currently under review, political scientist Vladimir Kogan finds measurable damage to math scores following high-profile cultural controversies in school districts. While the effects are modest on average, they are greater for disputes specifically centered on race and the teaching of evolution — and they may result from the strain imposed on educators dragged into fights over competing values.

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Meet the gatekeepers of students’ private lives

Mark Keierleber

Megan Waskiewicz used to sit at the top of the bleachers and hide her face behind the glow of a laptop monitor. The Pittsburgh mother didn't want the other parents to know she was looking at child porn as she watched her kids' basketball games. Waskiewicz worked on contract as a content moderator for Gaggle, a surveillance company that examines the online behaviors of some 5 million students across the U.S. on their school-issued Google and Microsoft accounts. She is one of eight former moderators who shared their experiences at Gaggle with reporter Mark Keierleber, saying they believe the company helped protect kids but surfacing significant questions about its efficacy, employment practices and implications for students’ civil rights.

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What else we’re reading

Federal probe into Native boarding school deaths likely a severe undercount (The 74)

Schools could get extra time to spend COVID relief on building fixes (Chalkbeat)

Despite California's record budget surplus, no easy solutions for longstanding child care challenges (LAist)

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