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
By the numbers: Did ‘all hands on deck’ save LA Unified’s sinking graduation rate?
LA Unified began the new year facing a formidable challenge, as only 54 percent of its senior class was projected to be on track for passing all their A through G standards, a series of courses required for acceptance into California’s public universities. The new, higher graduation standards went into effect for the first time...
By Craig Clough | June 14, 2016
100% of first class of i.am College Track students in Boyle Heights graduate and head to college
A small after-school program, branded i.am College Track in homage to founding partner musician will.i.am and his i.am angel foundation, launched in Boyle Heights four years ago with 45 students. Last week it graduated all 45 of them. At a ceremony and reception hosted by College Track Los Angeles’ Advisory Board last Thursday, local leaders Los...
By LA School Report | May 27, 2016
Commentary: A plea to the LAUSD board to make us all college ready
An open letter from four members of the Community Coalition Youth Leaders to the LA Unified school board, which is considering a resolution tomorrow from Mónica García and Steve Zimmer to enhance support for improving the district’s college-ready graduation rate. Dear Board Members: On behalf of the thousands of students in South Los Angeles, we...
By Guest Contributors | May 11, 2015