Teachers see diversity lesson in new documentary of old Boyle Heights
A new documentary — focusing on the ethnic mix of Boyle Heights and how the construction of a freeway nearly destroyed the neighborhood — is drawing the attention of educators as a way show how the east LA neighborhood once stood as a monument to diversity and community strength. “East LA Interchange” debuted at a...
By Mike Szymanski | July 30, 2015
Boyle Heights school wins national award for technology
The Math, Science & Technology Magnet Academy at Theodore Roosevelt High School became the first school in the state to win national recognition for leveraging technology. It is also the first time that a school with a predominantly Latino student body received the honor from the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), according to Eastern...
By Mike Szymanski | July 23, 2015
Youth asks LAUSD, ‘Where does all the money go?’ in song
Community groups big and small, have responded collectively to the extra $332 million coming into the district via the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), Governor Jerry Brown‘s signature K-through-12 education initiative. For now, only a few schools have complete autonomy in deciding how the money should be used although more will gain the freedom over the next...
By Aaron Stella | April 9, 2014
Zimmer Seeking State Help with Charter Co-location Rules
An emotionally-charged debate erupted at the last school board meeting over the co-location of a charter on the campus of an elementary school in Boyle Heights. Parents of public school students at Lorena Street Elementary School were furious that the school was forced to relinquish space to accommodate Extera 2, a charter school, because of Proposition...
By Vanessa Romo | September 9, 2013