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Is mandatory school ‘volunteering’ against the law?

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California charter schools that require parents to volunteer as a condition of their child’s enrollment are breaking state law, according to a civil rights group.
Public Advocates – a non-profit law firm – surveyed roughly half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools. The group found that about a third of those schools required parents to volunteer.
Some of the schools required parents to pay a fee …

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Will California Republicans sing the Blue State blues?

Posted November 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Democrats may be on the verge of losing their majority in the U.S. Senate. But on the eve of Election Day, a new poll finds that here in California, Democrats are in a good position to keep their monopoly on statewide offices.
At the top of the ticket, the USC-Dornsife- L.A. Times poll says that Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has maintained his big lead over …

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Tough choices for transgender kids

Posted October 29, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Dr. Jo Olson and Wes review paperwork at a support group group for parents and caregivers with gender non-conforming and transgender children, teens and young adults. Photo credit: Aydin Kennedy

The profile of transgender Americans is rising. Transgender characters are on television in both “Transparent,” and “Orange is the New Black.” California now allows transgender public school students to use the bathroom they want and join the sports team of their choice.
More people are identifying themselves as transgender, and at younger ages. This presents tough decisions for kids and their families.
Within the medical community, there are differing approaches to …

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Fault Lines: A Trip to the Midnight Mission

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
"Thomas Martinez works at a hip downtown restaurant and lives in South L.A., but eats at the Midnight Mission when money is fight."

Dinnertime at the Midnight Mission starts at 4:30.
By then, on a sweltering summer afternoon, the line for food at the Skid Row homeless center stretches for nearly an entire block. These days, demand is high at the Midnight Mission, which serves about 3,000 meals a day. By comparison, a typical large, busy L.A. restaurant might serve 1,000. That’s more meals than at any other time …

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Can Deasy survive the iPad scandal?

Posted August 28, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy has announced that his $1 billion plan to get iPads for every student is over and that he wants to solicit new bids for the future. This comes after emails obtained by news organizations revealed a cozy relationship between the LAUSD superintendent with Apple and Pearson, which produces educational software.
Can Deasy survive the scandal? Executive Director of the Pat Brown Institute, Raphael Sonenshein told Warren on …

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It’s not so easy to send a 5-year-old off to a California kindergarten

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by Mrs.F /CC/Flickr

“Wait, Daddy,” you say.
You are 5, and you have your priorities. You are reassembling the wooden train tracks. You are building an airplane hangar out of MagnaTiles. You have a drawing you need to finish.
“Hurry up, Ben” I always say. Don’t you know that I have too many things to do? Don’t you know I need to put you to bed? Can’t you see …

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Dov Charney is stripped of role at American Apparel

Posted June 19, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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 …

Education, Food, Issues, News, Politics, Sports »

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

Posted June 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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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Fault Lines: Segregation in Los Angeles Schools

Posted May 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Angelin Aguirre is a seventh grader at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights. Hollenbeck is 99 percent Latino - a segregated school. (Jolie Myers/Press Play)

It’s approximately 8,000,000 degrees in Boyle Heights, but the students at Hollenbeck Middle School don’t seem to mind. They bop around Suzanne Gindin’s music class, periodically strumming guitars or shouting to classmates across the room. Ms. Gindin is waving her arms around, attempting to calm the seventh graders and launch into the day’s lesson. Easier said than done.
Hollenbeck is almost entirely Latino – the definition …

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Growing pains: Drought taking a toll on Ag Industry

Posted May 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted May 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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

Posted April 14, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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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

Posted April 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted March 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted January 9, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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

Posted October 15, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr by Sean MacEntee / Creative Commons

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

Posted October 14, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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

Posted September 10, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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.?

Posted September 5, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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

Posted August 13, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]
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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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