Measure EE, the School-Funding Parcel Tax, Goes Down in FlamesIn January the city rallied around L.A.’s public school teachers when they staged a six-day strike in order to reach a deal with the Los Angeles Unified School District that included smaller class sizes and more resources for themselves and their students. But the public’s enthusiasm…
Racist Promposal at a SoCal High School Spells Out Racial SlurThe lead-up to senior prom should be a fun, exciting time for high school kids, but in recent years the formerly benign act of a student asking another student to be their date has turned into a bizarre way to showcase a social media trend…
Maya Angelou Mural Festival Brings Out Shepard Fairey and MoreIt’s 5 p.m. on Monday, May 13, and there are so many students at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School that it feels like the start of the day. They’ve gathered for the kick-off of the Maya Angelou Mural Festival, the second event in a series…
A Racist Promposal at an East L.A. High School Is Part of a Gross TrendIn late April, a James A. Garfield High School senior asked a fellow student to prom using a poster that read, “Do you want to be like a n****r and hang at prom?” and featured a drawing of a tree with…
What This Little L.A. Private School Has to Do with the Big College Admissions ScandalWest Hollywood College Preparatory School lies tucked away inside a drab, two-story peach colored building on the corner of Crescent Heights and Fountain. It’s a far cry from the sprawling, lavish campuses of private schools like Crossroads and Harvard Westlake, but…
Disability College Admissions Accomodations Are Meant for Those in NeedThe college admissions scandal that broke last week revealed yet another way the wealthy manage to get a leg up. A college admissions coach named William “Rick” Singer is believed to have finagled rich kids into elite schools both by paying off athletic coaches to secure…
What Jackie Goldberg's Big Showing Means for the LAUSD School BoardLess than two months after thousands of parents and activists took to the streets in support of striking L.A. teachers, Eastside voters went to the polls to elect a school board representative to replace Ref Rodriguez, who resigned last year in the wake of a…
How UCLA Students Fought for—and Won—the Right to Shape Westwood's FutureWestwood can feel like a college town in the midst of a big city. UCLA’s 419-acre campus is the Westside neighborhood’s centerpiece, a hub of activity with 45,428 students, graduate students, and medical residents as of Fall 2017. But until recently, very few of those…
Not All L.A. Teachers Are Thrilled About Their Post-Strike ContractAfter six days, the L.A. teachers strike officially ended Tuesday night when United Teachers Los Angeles’ 31,000-odd members voted to ratify a new contract with the school district. And you could say that everything went according to plan: For longer than a week, the city’s top…
If the Strike Goes Into a Second Week, Teachers Say They're Ready“If it goes into next week, I need you to keep this in your mind: We have to last one day longer than Austin Beutner. We have to last one day longer than an investment banker. Can we do that?” Alex Caputo-Pearl , president of union…
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