LA charter is closing the ‘savvy gap’ for poor and immigrant students through high school internships
High school seniors at Academia Avance, an independent public charter school in northeast Los Angeles, show up to school looking like they’re headed to work. That’s because they are. Three days a week, all students in the senior class head off to internships where they are mentored by medical, legal, and business professionals. “Privileged kids...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 23, 2017 9:01 am
LAUSD board members unite with Democratic leaders to support passage of the DREAM Act
“DACA is dead. The Dream Act is a permanent solution for us, and that’s what we’re fighting for now,” said Paulina, an LA Unified graduate from Fremont High School and a DACA recipient who met on Wednesday with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, LA Unified board members, and business and community leaders in Los Angeles...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 18, 2017 5:19 pm
New laws help California students get a degree faster
California community college students now have a faster route to a four-year degree, thanks to two new state laws. On Friday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 705, allowing more students access to college-level courses instead of remedial courses when they start community college, and AB 19, giving all first-time students in the state a free...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 16, 2017 1:56 pm
7 years to a bachelor’s degree: California community college students who transfer to UC or CSU schools are trapped in a system that adds $38K to the cost of a diploma, new study shows
The main goal for most community college students in California is to transfer to a four-year university to earn a bachelor’s degree. But a new report shows it takes an average of 6.5 years to get a bachelor’s for students transferring to the University of California system and seven years for those transferring to the...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 5, 2017 3:55 pm
Looking for a school option for your child in LAUSD? New unified enrollment system is now open
Whether you are considering sending your child to a different school, looking for a themed academic program, or want your child to speak a second language, LA Unified is now accepting applications for magnet programs, permits with transportation, and dual language/bilingual programs through Nov. 9. Monday was the launch of LA Unified’s new unified enrollment system. The...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 4, 2017 1:31 pm
LAUSD’s ability to raise test scores for English learners and Latino students comes up short in newest data
Many Latino immigrant families came to this country with one objective: a better education for their children. But in the newly released test scores, English learners in LA Unified posted no growth at all for the second year in a row, and Latino students had one of the lowest growth rates among all other ethnic...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | October 2, 2017 8:00 am