At Clinton Middle School, a Diplomas Now turnaround from ‘insane asylum’ to ‘warm and supportive’
When Andrea Schwartz first visited LA’s Clinton Middle School, the sight reminded her of “an insane asylum.” Paper airplanes and pencils dangled from the ceiling, and the hallways were stark white save for a sign demanding kids don’t run. The school, in Historic South-Central not far from USC, had been open for only five years, but it suffered...
By Mark Keierleber | March 21, 2016
AmeriCorps saved from federal cuts, keeps 309 mentors in LAUSD
Congressional agreement on a omnibus spending package will include $1.1 billion for the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that administers service programs, including AmeriCorps. That will save the proposed cutting of 20,000 AmeriCorps positions that provide help to schools in unprivileged communities. City Year, which has 309 AmeriCorps members in Los Angeles, says that Christmas came early...
By Mike Szymanski | December 17, 2015
Clippers’ $3 million gift helping City Year’s work in 26 LAUSD schools
The NBA’s LA Clippers have given $3 million to City Year, which helps service low-performing schools in low economic areas of Los Angeles. The announcement was made at a City Year opening day ceremony on Friday with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA Unified board president Steve Zimmer. City Year has 309 AmeriCorps members...
By Mike Szymanski | September 14, 2015
Report: City Year schools see big jumps in math, English scores
Schools that took part in the national City Year program are more likely to see jumps in their students’ standardized math and English scores, according to a new report. The program, which last year had 150 schools in 22 cities participate, was active in 25 LA Unified schools. (Check out the attached video from September,...
By Craig Clough | June 10, 2015