Blog: Latino Ed Beat

L.A.’s First Education News Website in Spanish

The LA School Report, an online news publication covering the intersection of politics and education in Los Angeles, is expanding its reach in the City of Angels by adding a partner website with education news in Spanish. It’s the first (and only) Spanish-language education news site dedicated to the Los Angeles Latino community, according to the outlet

The new LA School Report en Español is a partnership between its parent website and The 74, a national education-focused website named for the 74 million children in the U.S. (The two outlets merged earlier this year.)

Executive Editor Laura Greanias said the Spanish-language website has been a dream of hers since she started with the LA School Report in February — and of The 74 since its own launch last year. 

“The need for education news in LA’s Spanish-speaking population is huge,” she said in an email. “Parents here are hungry for news about schools, how the system works, how to get the best opportunities for their children. We hear time and again from parents about how getting a good education for their children is not just a nice thought. It’s the only way to better lives for their children.” 

Latinos make up nearly three-quarters of the student population in the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the country, and Spanish is the second most popular language spoken in homes throughout the city. 

The new site will feature original reporting in Spanish, as well as translated articles. Greanias said the staff — currently comprised of her and three full-time reporters — will grow to include an immediate hire who is fluent in English and Spanish and understands the education landscape of Los Angeles’ Latino community, as well as a second hire in time.