LAUSD launches its first early ed dual-language immersion programs
Dual-language immersion education, battered by decades of struggle in California, has bounced back in a big way in Los Angeles. This year, LA Unified is not only expanding these programs, but for the first time it will offer 10 early education dual-immersion pilot programs: eight in Spanish and two in Korean. And the popularity of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 17, 2017 3:57 pm
Deportation order ends for LA father who was arrested outside his daughter’s school
The deportation order for a Los Angeles father, Romulo Avelica-González, has been removed by the Board of Immigration Appeals and he could be released by the end of the month. His attorney, Alan Diamante, said Avelica-González still has a pending immigration case that has been returned to a local immigration court, including his pending U...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 11, 2017 1:49 pm
LAUSD pledges to stand with immigrant families, launching new campaign and resource guides
The nation’s second-largest school district will start a new school year next week “standing with immigrant families,” which it signaled Tuesday with a new website and guides that pull together resources for immigrant students and their families. Superintendent Michelle King used her annual “State of the District” address Tuesday to unveil the “We are one...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 8, 2017 5:19 pm
JUST IN: Father arrested by ICE agents outside his daughter’s school avoids deportation, for now
Romulo Avelica-González, an undocumented immigrant and Los Angeles father who could have been deported to Mexico on Monday, was granted an “emergency stay of removal” by the Board of Immigration Appeals on Monday morning. Avelica-González, 49, will not be deported until the board reviews his case, according to his attorney, Alan Diamante. Avelica-González was arrested...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 7, 2017 1:12 pm
California may see more ‘parent triggers’ to force school improvement as state’s ESSA plan ‘punts’ on responsibility
With only weeks to go until California’s deadline to submit its Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan to the federal government, parents are wondering if the state will offer any guarantee that the lowest-performing schools will improve. Esther Covarrubias, a mother from South LA, believes the nearly finished draft does not. A stronger option, she...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 3, 2017 1:31 pm
Raids targeting undocumented youth net up to 16 arrests in LA; activists call Trump support for slashing legal immigration ‘dangerous’
Los Angeles activists decried as “dangerous” new support by the Trump Administration for slashing legal immigration, which came on the heels of news of arrests in Los Angeles during raids targeting undocumented youth. Federal officials announced Tuesday that as many as 120 undocumented immigrant youth who had entered the country illegally as unaccompanied minors were...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | August 2, 2017 2:19 pm