A graduation highlight: Oakland teen overcomes fears of parents’ deportation to land a spot at Yale
When Oakland’s Lorena Ortega-Guerrero starts Yale University this fall, she is looking forward to breaking out of her comfort zone. “I grew up in the Bay Area and I’ve spent the majority of my life with other Latinos,” she said, “so I’m excited to push my comfort zone and get perspectives from people who have...
By Lizzie Thompson | June 30, 2016
Q&A: One therapist’s mission to train LA schools, parents and classmates on transgender issues
This week a Poway Unified School District board meeting was packed with people raising questions about student rights after a teenager who was born female and uses the boys’ locker room at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego triggered a dispute over a state law that seeks to accommodate transgender students. Susan Landon, a...
By Lizzie Thompson | February 12, 2016
Nearly 20,000 sign petition calling on California colleges to recognize H.S. computer science credits
Last month, President Obama announced the $4 billion Computer Science for All initiative. The initiative looks to expand teacher training, includes investments in the computer science sector from tech heavyweights that include Google, Microsoft and Code.org, and aims to bring computer science to schools of all shapes, sizes and socioeconomic breakdowns. Proponents hope this effort...
By Lizzie Thompson | February 11, 2016