Howard Blume
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L.A. Times education reporter. howard.blume@latimes.com. Recently retired his award-winning radio show Deadline L.A. Likes tap dancing; spicy ethnic food.Source
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California to require masks at school, a cautious decision that treats all students the same

California to require masks at school, a cautious decision that treats all students the same

The new school year in California will start with students and teachers wearing masks, state officials announced Friday, staking out a cautious position on a day when new federal guidelines stressed the importance of fully reopening schools and recommended masks only for those who are not vaccinated. As part of a multilayered approach to limit the spread of COVID-19, those who are not vaccinated should wear masks indoors — and schools, health departments or states may continue to require masks on campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. California has opted for a...

Jul 10
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LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner to step down when his contract is up June 30

LAUSD Supt. Austin Beutner to step down when his contract is up June 30

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementL.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner, who has guided the nation’s second-largest school district through a tumultuous year of coronavirus-forced campus closures, will step down as the district’s leader.Beutner announced his decision in a letter Wednesday to the Board of Education. “As the son of a public-school teacher and the product of a great public education, it has been an honor to serve as Superintendent of Los Angeles Unified for the past three years. It is the most rewarding job I’ve held during my nearly 40-year career,” Beutner...

Apr 21
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LAUSD students suffered 'alarming' academic harm during pandemic, report says

LAUSD students suffered 'alarming' academic harm during pandemic, report says

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementStudents at all levels have suffered academically since the Los Angeles Unified School District closed its campuses more than a year ago, with the greatest harm falling on younger ones and those who were faring worse before the pandemic, a new report has concluded. “We may not know the full impact of this last year on our students for another year or more, but the preliminary data we have paints an alarming picture,” says the report” and released Wednesday by Great Public Schools Now, a local advocacy group.While the report avoids...

Mar 31
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LAUSD goes to great lengths to show schools are safe to reopen. But it's a tough sell

LAUSD goes to great lengths to show schools are safe to reopen. But it's a tough sell

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementAlthough Vicky Martinez has been dreaming of the day she can send her four children back to in-person instruction in the Los Angeles Unified School District, she thinks that, at least for now, she’s waiting. But she has had second thoughts. And third thoughts. Her high school son wants to return. Her younger children are afraid of getting COVID-19. “I am exhausted — physically, mentally, emotionally, financially — all of the above,” she said. “It has been a lot of work, and I feel like I’m failing every day as a parent.”A personal...

Mar 29
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Less than 30% of students likely to return to LAUSD campuses, based on survey

Less than 30% of students likely to return to LAUSD campuses, based on survey

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementFewer than 3 in 10 students would return immediately to classrooms when L.A. Unified School District campuses reopen this academic year, based on survey results compiled by school officials.Parents who live in areas hard hit by the pandemic or have students in middle and high school — where children must continue to learn online even when back in classrooms — are the least likely to send their children back to reopened campuses.Of those families who submitted a district survey, 42% opted for a return to campus. However, when those...

Mar 22
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Rallies against anti-Asian attacks and racism across California

Rallies against anti-Asian attacks and racism across California

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |Breaking NewsAdvertisementAsian Americans and their supporters gathered Saturday across California and the nation in response to this week’s shooting rampage in the Atlanta area, which claimed eight lives, . A demonstration was held Saturday night in Alhambra. Hundreds of people gathered at a “Stop Asian Hate” vigil at Almansor Park to honor the shooting victims.“We will not be silent against the gun violence,” Betty Hang, organizer of the vigil, wrote on Facebook. “We want to remember the importance of uniting — for love, understanding and...

Mar 21
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Families demand wider school reopening as LAUSD moves toward limited in-person instruction

Families demand wider school reopening as LAUSD moves toward limited in-person instruction

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementLos Angeles schools will resume some services next week for a small percentage of students with special needs, Supt. Austin Beutner announced Monday. However, the measures fall far short of demands from parents who rallied on the Westside to push for a broader reopening of schools.The state’s largest school system had been among the last in the region to maintain that halted all in-person services in early December. The district’s move will partially address a growing outcry among many families to reopen campuses.“In anticipation of a...

Feb 22
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No quick path to reopening L.A. Unified is emerging as school year slips away

No quick path to reopening L.A. Unified is emerging as school year slips away

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementGov. Gavin Newsom’s new plan to vaccinate school staff more quickly does little to move campuses toward reopening in Los Angeles, where the teachers union remains opposed until community infection rates drop further and vaccines take full effect for returning workers — calling into question whether a robust return to in-person instruction is possible before the end of the school year.The union’s posture — similar to that of school employee unions in San Francisco and of the California Teachers Assn. — comes as union leaders in the...

Feb 21
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L.A. County elementary schools are cleared to fully open

L.A. County elementary schools are cleared to fully open

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementLos Angeles County elementary school campuses are cleared to fully reopen for the first time in nearly a year because of dropping coronavirus rates, health officials confirmed Monday night. County Supervisor Janice Hahn tweeted out the news before the official confirmation, with a celebratory tweet in the late afternoon: “L.A. County has officially reached the State’s threshold for reopening elementary schools. Starting tomorrow, schools can reopen” if they have submitted and posted the necessary paperwork with county and state...

Feb 15
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L.A. Councilman Buscaino announces plan to sue L.A. schools to reopen

L.A. Councilman Buscaino announces plan to sue L.A. schools to reopen

Copyright © 2021, Los Angeles Times | | | |AdvertisementLos Angeles Councilman Joe Buscaino announced Thursday that he will ask the city to go to court to force campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District to reopen for in-person instruction. Campuses have been closed in the nation’s second largest school system since March in response to the coronavirus crisis. The debate over reopening has reached intense levels in California and beyond, with strong emotions among parents, teachers and school leaders, high political stakes for public officials and direct ramifications for families...

Feb 4
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