Email threat. Schools closed. Finals coming! Petition drive? Nice try
A Van Nuys High School student mounted a petition drive to avoid taking finals this week after an emailed threat of violence closed down all LA Unified schools. It didn’t work. Final exams went on, as they did at all other schools. Still, the organizer got more than 1,300 students to sign it over the past...
By Mike Szymanski | December 18, 2015
Petition helps save sign language classes at LAUSD
A petition that garnered more than 56,000 signatures has helped restore American Sign Language classes that LA Unified had planned to eliminate through budget cuts. With public pressure mounting and Gov. Jerry Brown calling for support of adult education for the disabled, the district found money to keep the program going after announcing the program’s closure in April....
By Mike Szymanski | September 10, 2015
Petition calls for Griffith Middle School name change over racism
A petition inspired by UTLA social justice activist Jose Lara is calling for the immediate removal of the name D.W. Griffith from an East Los Angeles middle school because his 1915 film, “The Birth of a Nation,” celebrated the Ku Klux Klan. The demand follows nationwide calls for the removal of Confederate flags from public spaces in the aftermath of...
By Mike Szymanski | July 8, 2015