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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

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Controversial American Apparel CEO Dov Charney has been ousted by the Board of Directors from the clothing company he founded amid an investigation into alleged misconduct. Charney has become a prominent voice in the business community, both for immigration reform and for paying apparel workers a livable wage. But he’s also been accused of sexual harassment by former employees and has clashed with board …

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Kings skate to edge of L.A.’s second hockey crown

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The L.A. Kings are on the verge of their second championship in three years after shutting out the New York Rangers 3 to 0. The Kings lead the Stanley Cup Final three games to zip. After a pair of overtime nail-biters in L.A., the Kings cruised to victory in Game 3 in New York last nightbehind the stellar goal keeping of Jonathan Quick. The …

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Growing pains: Drought taking a toll on Ag Industry

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A new report puts a partial price tag on California’s drought. U.C. Davis researchers say the state’s rainfall deficit could force Central Valley farmers to fallow more than 400,000 acres of land, or six percent of the total. That’s projected to cost the state’s the agricultural industry $1.7 billion and result in the loss of more than 14,000 jobs. Growers are facing a 32-percent …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Sonic Trace Producer Brian De Los Santos interviews Victoria Dominguez. (Photo: Denise Malone)

Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
DHS rejects design of California driver’s license for immigrants
Department of Homeland Security officials wrote a letter to California’s Department of Motor Vehicles stating the proposed driver’s licenses for …

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Bus crash survivors speaking to investigators today

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Investigators looking into that deadly Northern California bus crash involving L.A. high school students have received conflicting reports about whether the Fed-Ex truck that hit the bus was on fire before impact. But they say there’s no physical evidence that there was anything wrong with the truck. National Transportation Safety Board investigators will be in Los Angeles today to interview some of the 44 …

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No DWP hikes, early 405 opening, and a business tax cut

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti delivered his first state of the city address tonight, saying that the problems facing L.A. are not new – but, he said new solutions are needed.
“It is time for a modern mayor to help build a new city government, focused on four cornerstones: a well-run government, a strong economy, a high quality of life, and public safety,” Garcetti said.
Garcetti …

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Report shows LA charter schools outperforming public schools

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According to new research from Stanford’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes, charter school students in LAUSD have a huge advantage over their public school peers. Almost half of charter school students have significantly larger gains in reading when compared to traditional schools, and 44 percent perform much better in math.
The discrepancy is especially pronounced for Hispanic students in poverty, who gained even more …

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Brown’s budget reflects improving California economy

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Governor Jerry Brown is unveiling a budget proposal this morning that reflects California’s improving fiscal picture, with more money targeted for schools healthcare and social services. The governor also wants to increase the pace of paying down the state’s debt and stash money away in a rainy day fund. Brown’s $155 billion blueprint would increase general fund spending by eight percent, repay $11 billion …

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Why LA’s kids should learn to hack iPads

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Last year, 40 tablet computers were delivered to the children of two remote Ethiopian villages. The villagers were 100-percent illiterate—the kids had never seen road signs, product labels, or printed material of any kind. Technicians from the One Laptop Per Child program dropped off a stack of boxes, showed a couple of adults how to use the solar chargers, and then walked away. Within …

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Foster care children face daunting achievement gap

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Foster Care children in California do worse in school than their peers, dropout twice as often and are more likely to be enrolled in failing schools. That’s the takeaway from a new study that will be released today. It finds that thousands of California students in foster care have suffered greater levels of emotional trauma than their peers, which is a significant impediment to …

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Selling Obamacare in California

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You can almost hear the clock on health care reform ticking.
In just three weeks, on October 1, millions of uninsured Californians can start enrolling in new health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. Three months later, on January 1, those policies kick in.
To prepare Californians for the big health care changes ahead, Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace established under …

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Michelle Rhee talks education reform and rhetoric on Which Way, L.A.?

Michelle Rhee delivering a speech at Policy Exchange

 
Michelle Rhee—one of the nation’s most controversial figures when it comes to education reform ­­— is in Los Angeles tonight to host a Teacher Town Hall at the Central Library.
Rhee came to national attention as chancellor of public schools in Washington, DC, where she closed 23 schools, fired 36 principals and 241 teachers. She negotiated pay raises only after teachers agreed to limit seniority …

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LAUSD’s first ‘parent trigger’ school opens

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One of the challenges facing teachers and administrators, is the new and growing trend of campus takeovers using the “Parent Trigger,” the California law passed in 2010 which allows parents to take control of failing schools. This is the first year that any schools are opening after having gone through the trigger process. Three LAUSD schools attempted to implement the trigger last year, but …

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Did you know it’s illegal to cut the arts in California?

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I started my career as an instrumental music teacher in 1957. This was in the in the Ontario-Montclair School District. Since then, I’ve been a music consultant, teacher, supervisor of a visual arts program, elementary school principal (I lost my mind for 8 years), founding principal of an elementary school with the arts as core curriculum (Buena Vista Arts-Integrated School—it’s still thriving nearly 20 …

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The value of a community college education

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If you want a job, chances are good that you’ll need to get a college degree. A Georgetown University study found nearly two-thirds of US jobs will require some form of post high school education by 2018. It used to be that if you didn’t get top grades in high school, a community college diploma was your only real fallback plan. But two-year schools …

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California students respond to college loan rate hike

UC Irvine senior Melissa Gamble.

The U.S. Senate today defeated a White House-backed proposal would have restored 3.4 percent interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for one more year.
The failed stopgap measure was designed to give lawmakers time to take up comprehensive college affordability legislation.
Because the Senate failed to act, those interest rates on new loans doubled to 6.8 percent on July 1st.
Without congressional action in the coming weeks, …

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Today’s News: Schools get a boost in Brown’s budget; LAUSD moves to cut suspensions; USC feels the music

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Governor’s budget. Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest budget proposal includes more money for schools, and less money for just about everything else. Even with state revenues surging, Brown’s revised budget trims $1.3 billion from the plan he presented in January.
Brown says there’s no guarantee the surge in tax revenue will last. And he says California’s finances remain unstable because of the federal sequester budget cuts …

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Friday Mixer: Polls, schools and optics

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On today’s Mixer, we welcomed Gene Maddaus from the LA Weekly and Howard Blume, the education reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
There are a couple of new polls that came out this week. One comes from the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles, showing 46% of likely voters backing Wendy Greuel and 45% who back Eric Garcetti.
Nine percent are still undecided.
The Cal State survey shows Greuel polls …

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Today’s News: 1 in 10 L.A. County adults here illegally

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Immigrant tally. A new study confirms that the national debate over immigration reform is as important in Los Angeles as anywhere in the country.
One in 10 adults in L.A. County either crossed the U.S. border illegally or overstayed their visa, according to a report by USC researchers. In some parts of Koreatown and South L.A. that number is 1 in 3.
The report by USC’s …

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How algebra ruined my chances of getting a college education

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Algebra was responsible for the first F I ever got.
While I was never a straight-A student, I wasn’t a screw-up either. But tell that to Mexican-immigrant parents who dropped out of school after first grade and took pride in seeing their offspring get the education they never had. I’ll never forget that dreadful parent-teacher conference after that seventh grade F, or the silence in …

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