Local control trumps sleepy teens: California’s late-start bill couldn’t overcome opposition but may return next year
A bill that would allow middle and high schoolers to sleep in later failed to gain legislative support and will be reconsidered next year. The bill, SB 328 — a statewide prohibition against starting school before 8:30 a.m. for public middle and high schools — won only 26 of the 41 votes it needed in...
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 7:37 pm
Exclusive: Ben Austin launches Kids Coalition to give LA students a legal right to a high-quality education
The man who helped craft the state’s parent trigger law and who founded Parent Revolution has launched a new organization that aims to put a kids-first agenda into practice and give LA Unified students and their parents legal rights in decisions about their education. The organization is called Kids Coalition and will be headed by...
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 6:01 am
Plans for state-run STEM school in downtown LA die as bill fails to win support
A controversial bill that would have established California’s first state-run STEM school ran into a wall of opposition, including from a broad coalition of unions, and failed to gain enough support as the legislative session ended Friday. The bill, AB 1217, was authored by Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra, D-San Fernando, and Sen. Anthony Portantino, D-La Canada Flintridge....
By Sarah Favot | September 18, 2017 6:00 am
Instant Expert: The 10 things to know about the charges against Board President Ref Rodriguez
The day after a seemingly uneventful and smooth-running school board meeting that newly elected LA Unified School Board President Ref Rodriguez proudly ended at an earlier-than-usual 5 p.m., the district seemed to be shaken to its core. On Wednesday, Rodriguez was charged with three felony counts involving campaign contributions to his 2015 election bid. Rodriguez’s...
By Mike Szymanski | September 15, 2017 5:44 am
Despite feeling ‘defrauded’ by the end of DACA, Dreamers refuse to return to their country of origin
DACA youth were “defrauded” by the government and were victims of their own success, a panel of experts, including DACA recipients, concluded at one of the workshops for journalists at the conference “EWA: Journalism for Latinos in Education in the Trump Era” on Monday in Anaheim. The elimination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), announced...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 14, 2017 6:03 pm
Q & A with an LA Dreamer: His life before and after DACA
On Wednesday Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi announced they are moving closer to a deal with President Trump that would protect hundreds of thousands of DACA “Dreamers” from deportation. However, the uncertainty among “Dreamers” remains as on the day of the announcement of the end of DACA last week. Luis Eduardo (he chose...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | September 14, 2017 5:56 pm