LA immigrant rights activists prepare for possible teen arrests in ICE raids
Immigrant rights activists in Los Angeles are preparing to assist undocumented youth who may be the target of this week’s federal raids that could include teens. Reuters news service reported that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was planning raids beginning over the weekend and continuing through Wednesday, to arrest suspected gang members who...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 25, 2017 5:57 pm
New DREAM Act bill raises hope among DACA educators for undocumented students
The introduction of a new Dream Act that aims to permanently legalize undocumented youth who came to the country as children sparked optimism among DACA educators in Los Angeles. The new bill presented to Congress on Thursday is even more generous than DACA — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — because it offers a path...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 21, 2017 1:21 pm
Ed Trust’s Ryan Smith explains ‘The California Way’ in education
At an event filled with 500 Los Angeles education leaders, Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education Trust -West, highlighted the urgent need to ensure that low-income students of color get the best education possible — and how to do it with what he calls “The California Way.” Smith is director of the research and advocacy organization...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 21, 2017 1:03 pm
High school coach uses the soccer field to get first-generation students into college
High school athletes at big schools know that sports can be a sure route to college. But for students at smaller schools that’s not as well known, especially in immigrant families where sports isn’t seen as a way to get — and pay for — a higher education. Alex Guerrero, 18, had never heard of...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 17, 2017 6:43 am
Getting ready for high school success: Summer program ‘coaches’ middle school students for a positive transition
Students of the “Prep for Success Summer Bridge Program” at the Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine (HPIAM), one of three pilot schools on LA Unified’s Linda Esperanza Marquez High School campus, wore their best formal outfits Thursday morning for their final presentations. Carlos Barrera fixed his tie as he prepared to talk about how...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 13, 2017 6:03 pm
‘There’s no timeline for accountability’: LA parents tell state board the lowest-performing schools need to be improved now
Los Angeles parents traveled to Sacramento Wednesday in hopes of making sure their children’s interests will be reflected in the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan, which must be finalized and submitted to the federal government by Sept. 18. A mother from Compton, Esther Covarrubias, was one of a handful of parents who are...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | July 12, 2017 6:11 pm