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California on verge of ending English-only instruction

Posted August 27, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The state Legislature has approved a ballot measure that would ask voters two years from now whether California schools should ditch English-only instruction. It’s the latest in a series of victories for Latino lawmakers in Sacramento this Legislative session.
If Gov. Jerry Brown signs the measure and voters approve it, students who speak a foreign language could receive instruction in their native language, at least …

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O.C. moves to treat mentally ill without their consent

Posted May 14, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Orange County will become the first large county to implement Laura’s Law, a California statute that allows for the forced treatment of people with severe mental illnesses. California lawmakers passed Laura’s Law in 2002. It’s named for mental health worker Laura Wilcox, who was killed by a patient who had refused psychiatric treatment. The law gives courts the power to order anti-psychotic drugs or …

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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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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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SMC graduation to double as memorial; Governor prevails in budget battle; Killer gets ‘death’

Posted June 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Mourning. College graduation is a joyous event. But today’s ceremony at Santa Monica College will be tinged with sadness as the commencement doubles as a memorial to victims of last Friday’s shooting rampage.
A vigil was held on the campus last night. Shortly before 6 pm, people began assembling outside the college library. That’s where the shooter, John Zawahri, ended his killing spree. A makeshift …

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Today’s News: Suspect detained in college threats; Battle brewing over school funding; Targeting Prop. 13

Posted May 16, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Campus threat. A 19-year-old student has been detained as a “person of interest” in connection with threats to Santa Monica College and East L.A. College and lockdowns have been lifted at the schools. 

Police got a call around 8 o’clock this morning from a man identifying himself as a student, saying he was going to bring an assault weapon to the schools and shoot up …

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

Posted May 15, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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What can help curb school violence, more guns or more guidance counselors?

Posted February 7, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

While officials in Washington debate gun legislation, cities and counties are debating how they can make schools safer in the wake of the Newtown massacre. One question that arises is: should local school districts invest in armed guards or in services that may prevent violence in the first place?

Last month the small city of Fontana, in San Bernardino County, received a shipment of semi-automatic …

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Today’s News: School shooting; Budget reaction; Chinese Theatre renamed

Posted January 11, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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School Shooting. Taft Union High School in Kern County is closed this morning, one day after a 16-year-old opened fire with a shotgun in a classroom and critically injured a peer. Authorities he’ll be charged with attempted murder. The teen allegedly targeted two boys who he claimed bullied him. One of those boys – a football player – is the injured student. He’s expected …

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Today’s News: Protecting schools; Landfill lawsuit; Big numbers for ‘Zero’

Posted December 20, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Guard duty. Senator Barbara Boxer wants to deploy National Guard troops at the nation’s schools. In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shootings, Sen. Boxer has introduced legislation that would give schools more money for security improvements. Part of that includes allowing the nation’s governors to use Guard troops to watch over schools as they see fit. L.A. Times
Fighting fire. A San Juan Capistrano …

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Today’s News: Riordan drops pension measure, San Bernardino cuts deep; LAUSD loses ‘Race to Top’

Posted November 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Retiring type. Former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan says his team simply didn’t have the time it needed to collect the nearly 300,000 signatures required to qualify a pension reform measure for the May ballot. Riordan has abandoned the effort. His measure would have scaled back benefits for current city workers and required new hires to accept a 410(k)-style retirement plan instead of a guaranteed …

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Props 30 and 38: Still undecided?

Posted November 5, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
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We’ve talked at length about propositions 30 and 38, which generate funding for California’s struggling schools. Both propositions will generate billions of dollars to benefit California’s struggling schools. At the same time, they both attempt to protect the middle class from new taxes. But they don’t have much else in common.
The differences are numerous and account for why this fight between Gov. Brown and …

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As funding is cut, can CA schools compete?

Posted August 17, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Funding for K through 12 public education has been cut by 25 percent over the past five years here in California. The cutbacks have had big implications for the LA Unified School District–the biggest district in the state. But California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson says LA Unified isn’t alone. He’s hearing from schools up and down the state that are struggling due to California’s …

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Last bell for adult education in the LA Unified?

Posted May 15, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Unified School District is, of course, is in the business of K-12 instruction, but what’s not as well known is that the LAUSD also educates 300,000 people through its Division of Adult Education. The students in the program are enrolled in everything from English as a
second language classes to vocational training programs, but what unites many is they’ve gone back to …

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Miramonte teachers rally to return to their classrooms

Posted May 3, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Teachers from Miramonte Elementary School spoke out for the first time since they were transferred out of their classrooms in February, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations involving two teachers at the school.
About a hundred parents, students and teachers gathered at Augustus Hawkins High School in South LA. The school opens in the fall, so right now it’s being used to house the …

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Another ‘parent trigger’ effort ends in defeat

Posted March 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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First in Compton, now in Adelanto — out in the Mojave Desert — elected school boards have rejected petitions by parents to reform failing schools. In both cases, the signatures of enough parents to “trigger” reforms have been withdrawn at the last minute. Was there fraud, intimidation or outside pressure? What was the role of the teachers’ union? Will Adelanto become ground zero for …

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Move over ‘John Carter’, LA student filmmakers show how it’s done

Posted March 13, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The 2nd annual Los Angeles Student Media Film Festival took place last weekend. There were 300 submissions and the festival showcased the best 32, showing films ranging from whimsical animation to documentary to this nerdy blogger’s personal favorite, “Student Trafficking,” a charming newscast produced out of Santa Monica High School. The piece won the won the Newscast Public Affairs category:

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LAUSD: Reckoning with abuse?

Posted March 13, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Today, the L.A. Unified School District’s board will consider reforms that are supposed to make it faster and easier for the district to get rid of teachers and personnel charged with crimes. They’re also supposed to better inform parents when crimes are suspected to have occurred in a school.
Right now, tenured educators have a right to an administrative hearing within 60 days of being …

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LAUSD wants your opinion

Posted March 6, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]
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Hey, parents of children attending the L.A. Unified School District, school system officials say they want to know your opinion. Really, they do! The district has launched an online survey directed at the approximately 170,000 parents who have registered their email accounts with the LAUSD. Among its questions, the survey asks parents how much homework should count towards students grades and whether the district …

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‘Los Angeles weather is the weather of catastrophe’

Posted December 1, 2011 by | 2 Comments | ]

It’s Santa Ana season. The winds were howling while we dodged fallen palm fronds on the way into work this morning. Schools are closed for a “wind day” and the lights were out at LAX last night.
Here’s a picture of downed lines outside Which Way, LA? listener Doug Osborne’s house. He says two trees fell.
Here’s my favorite Santa Ana quote:
Los Angeles weather is the …

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