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Why is the LAUSD building affordable housing?

Posted September 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you look around Los Angeles, you’ll see lots of new housing being built, especially in gentrifying neighborhoods like downtown and Hollywood. But most of that housing, whether rental units or condominiums, are luxury units and far too expensive for hundreds of thousands of working L.A. residents to ever live in. And if it needs saying, that’s bad.
Recent studies show that the average renter in …

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Making LA: Education

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s no secret that Los Angeles has a massive school system. There are more than 900 schools in the L.A. Unified School District, with more than 600,000 students. Los Angeles also has more charter schools than any district in the country. Some say that’s a threat to the public school system, while others argue that charters offer a crucial alternative.
Press Play’s Madeleine Brand talked with Joshua Pechthalt, President …

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What’s next for the anti-vaccine movement?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Following the measles outbreak earlier this year that originated at Disneyland and infected 183 people and the passage of California’s tough new vaccination law, California has become ground zero for a national debate about vaccinations. At the center of the debate is whether mandatory inoculations should be required for all children before they start school, no matter what the personal beliefs of parents.
To better understand the issue …

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Making LA: Food

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is a culinary wonderland. New, exciting restaurants seem to be opening faster than one can finish a meal. But not everyone is sharing in this bounty. In this installment of Making L.A., Press Play takes a closer look at what’s happening with the food scene and food policy — and what’s going to happen to the street vendors?
“We’re such a layered population …

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Critics of green energy measure: ‘Where are the jobs?’

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When California voters passed Proposition 39 three years ago, they were told thousands of green jobs would be created and that more than half-a-billion dollars a year would go to a new Clean Air Energy Fund.
But so far the state has been unable to deliver on those promises.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act closed a corporate tax loophole, with the money earmarked for energy-efficient projects …

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LAUSD gives itself an F for raising grad requirements

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Los Angeles School leaders are backing away from requirements that were adopted in an effort to make all graduating students eligible for University of California and Cal State schools.
The Board of Education had previously approved a plan requiring all graduates – starting in 2017 – to get a C or better in classes that are needed for college admission.
But it turned out the new …

Education, Issues, News »

Corinthian students get a break on debt

Posted June 9, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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There’s good news if you were a student at one of the schools run by now-shuttered Corinthian Colleges.
The nation’s top education official says the federal government will forgive loans taken out by tens of thousands of students who attended campuses owned by the for-profit college company.
The move announced by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan comes just a few weeks after Santa Ana-based Corinthian declared bankruptcy …

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Confronting sexual abuse, in high school

Posted June 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California lawmakers approved a bill this week, that would require high schools to teach students about sexual assault and healthy relationships.
The state Senate approved it Monday on a 36-0 vote, sending it to the Assembly.
Under Senate Bill 695, health courses, which are a condition of graduation for a majority of California high school students, will include instruction on affirmative consent, sexual harassment, assault, violence, and the importance …

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Which California cities are raising the minimum wage?

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. city council has voted to proceed with a plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. Small businesses (those with 25 or fewer workers) will have until 2021 to raise their wage.
The City Attorney’s Office will now draft an ordinance that will return to the council for a final vote.
This will put Los Angeles (the city, not the county) in …

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Foes targeting transgender rights law, once again

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If at first you don’t succeed…Opponents of a two-year-old law that allows transgender students in California to choose which school bathrooms they use and the gender of the sports teams they join are trying once again to take their fight to voters.
Activists with a group called Privacy for All are collecting signatures for what they call the Personal Privacy Protection Act: a proposition proposed …

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Granada Hills High wins another Academic Decathlon

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Maybe they should just start calling it the San Fernando Valley Academic Decathlon…
Granada Hills Charter High School won the National Academic Decathlon for the fourth time in five years this weekend in Garden Grove – outscoring more than 45 other schools from as far away as Great Britain and China for the title.
The one victory that eluded Granada Hills this decade went to fellow …

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Ay yi iPad: SEC is latest to investigate LAUSD program

Posted April 17, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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Providing every student with an iPad was supposed to revolutionize education in L.A. schools and prepare students for the future. Instead the computer tablets are creating a billion-dollar headache for LAUSD leaders.
Just a couple of days ago, LAUSD officials demanded a refund from tech giant Apple because the district says educational software on the devices doesn’t work. The software was provided by the New …

Education, News »

New LAUSD girls schools to target math, science gaps

Posted April 15, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The first two all girls schools in LAUSD history are on schedule to open next fall after getting the unanimous support of the L.A. Board of Education.
In approving the all-girls schools, Board members cited studies showing that test scores for girls in math and science drop off dramatically in middle school and high school. Fewer girls than boys also take advanced math, science and …

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How does ‘Quality of Life’ rate in your community?

Posted January 22, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Newport Beach residents enjoy the highest quality of life in California – and people who live in Watts are on the other end of the scale, with the worst quality of life.
That’s among the findings of a new report that looks at income, life expectancy and educational attainment and scores neighborhoods throughout the Golden State.
The study by the nonprofit Social Sciences Research Council says …

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Two-year colleges get ready to offer 4-year degrees

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Updated: Jan. 20 3:29 pm
Dozens of California community colleges have been selected to be among the first in the state to offer four-year degrees.
The bachelor degree programs are slated to begin in the fall of 2017 – and they’re designed to help close an education gap that some believe could threaten the Golden State’s economic future.
Thirty-four of the state’s 112 community colleges applied to the …

Commentary, Education, News, Zocalo Public Square »

Undocumented, and riding shotgun

Posted January 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Up until my early 20s, I rode shotgun. With my high school and college sweetheart, I flipped through the soft sleeves of our shared CD binder in search of the right music. I double-checked our drive-through orders for extra ketchup. I pointed out the sights only I caught in time.
In 1991, my family left the Philippines for California, where my aunt had been living …

California Elections, economy, Education, Issues, Politics »

Mixer: Budget is more of the same, and not much more

Posted January 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Governor Jerry Brown today released a record $113 billion state spending plan.
Under the proposal, the general fund will increase about 5 percent from the current fiscal year… something the governor says reflects California’s economic momentum.
The governor, however, did not propose many new programs but instead focused on covering growing costs to existing ones.
John Myers is at the California Politics Desk at KQED in San Francisco, and …

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How to keep John Muir’s legacy alive

Posted December 23, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The pioneering environmentalist John Muir was no great fan of cities. In 1868, he hightailed it out of San Francisco as fast as he could for the Sierra Nevada. He later referred to Los Angeles as “that handsome conceited little town” and similarly skedaddled away pronto to the San Gabriel Mountains. Yet it was in Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve 100 years ago, that …

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350,000 students struggling with English in California

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …

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UC to California students: take a hike

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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The governing body of the University of California voted this week to go ahead with a plan to raise tuition for five straight years.
As expected, UC President Janet Napolitano and a majority of the Board of Regents voted to raise tuition by five percent each year. Board members who voted for it say current funding levels are insufficient to maintain the quality of a UC education.
We …

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