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Mixer: Campus Activism Roils the Southland

Posted November 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Today, Occidental College President Jonathan Vietch announced some steps he’s taking in the wake of protests on campus over lack of diversity and racism at the school.
To be sure, Occidental — in the past — has ranked very high on lists of the most diverse liberal arts schools across the country.
But Vietch responded to demands on campus by saying the school will increase funding for the school’s …

Education, Warren Olney »

UC president says schools nationwide must confront systemic racism

Posted November 18, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
MU students protest inside Jesse Hall after report of racism. Photo: KOMUnews via Flickr

Protests at the University of Missouri and the resulting resignation of the school’s president have brought national attention to race relations at colleges and universities across the country.
The students demanded, among other things, the school increase the amount of black faculty by 10 percent and compose a 10-year plan to increase retention rates for marginalized students.    
But the events in Missouri are just …

Education, News, Warren Olney »

Is outside spending good for local journalism?

Posted November 5, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Los Angeles Times building in Downtown Los Angeles. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

As news organizations across the country struggle to make ends meet, so-called “sponsored content” has become one of several tempting alternatives to traditional advertising, but not without drawbacks.
Recently, the Los Angeles Times became the focus of headlines for becoming the latest outlet to launch a separate side business that creates custom content for corporate clients.
As Gene Maddaus at the LA Weekly notes, the Los …

Education, News »

Cal State University faculty take a strike vote

Posted October 26, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
CSULA Student Union Photo: Justefrain/Creative Commons

About 25,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors, and other staff throughout the California State University system have been voting on whether to give their union the authority to call a strike. The strike vote is scheduled to wrap up this Wednesday.
At the heart of it is a dispute over pay. Management is offering a 2 percent across the board pay raise—faculty and staff are calling …

Education, Issues, News »

U.C. planning to admit more students from California

Posted October 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

Your kid might have a better of chance of getting into the University of California next year under a plan being drawn up by University President Janet Napolitano.
This comes after a couple of years of U.C. officials taking heat for offering more spots to out-of-state and foreign students
Of the 62,000 new freshman and transfer students admitted to U.C. schools this fall, about 20 percent …

Education, Issues, News, Politics »

New law aims to keep kids in the right math class

Posted October 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/Aaron Escobar

Gov. Jerry Brown has until this Sunday to decide whether to sign hundreds of bills into law or veto them. One of the bills he signed Monday deals with something called math misplacement. Math misplacement is a term that’s used when a 9th grader is held back from advancing to the next level of math, even when they’ve scored well on the tests.
The new bill puts …

Education, Health Care, Issues, Politics »

Foes of new vaccination law want voters to decide

Posted September 29, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

If you thought the fight over mandatory vaccines for California school children was over, think again.
Opponents of a new law that eliminates the state’s personal belief exemption for vaccines have submitted signatures for a ballot measure to overturn it.
They needed to turn in 365,000 signatures by midnight last night to get on the November, 2016 ballot. It’s not clear how many signatures were …

economy, Education, News, Politics »

Why is the LAUSD building affordable housing?

Posted September 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Education, News, Press Play: Making LA »

Making LA: Education

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Clotee Allochuku

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 …

Education, News »

What’s next for the anti-vaccine movement?

Posted August 20, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]

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 …

Arts & Culture, economy, Education, Food »

Making LA: Food

Posted August 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Will we see more urban farms? South Central Community Garden, was an urban farm and community garden located at East 41st and South Alameda Streets, which was in operation between 1994 and 2006. Credit: Wikipedia

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 …

Education, Environment, News, Politics »

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

Posted August 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Education, Issues, News »

LAUSD gives itself an F for raising grad requirements

Posted June 10, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]

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 | ]

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 …

Education, Santa Barbara »

Confronting sexual abuse, in high school

Posted June 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Education, The Minimum Wage »

Which California cities are raising the minimum wage?

Posted May 19, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Education, Issues, News, Politics, Sports »

Foes targeting transgender rights law, once again

Posted April 22, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Education, News »

Granada Hills High wins another Academic Decathlon

Posted April 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]

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 …

Education, Issues, News »

Ay yi iPad: SEC is latest to investigate LAUSD program

Posted April 17, 2015 by and | 1 Comment | ]

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 | ]

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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