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…
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…
8 Fun Classes for Grownups With Back-to-School FOMO Like most of us, your social media feeds have probably become a steady stream of children standing beside school buses or holding chalkboard signs that say “Class of 2029!” (or some other impossibly futuristic graduation date). Yes, it’s back-to-school season and we recognize that you might be…
As January 10 Approaches, L.A. Teachers Explain Why They Support the StrikeOn Saturday, December 15, demonstrators took to the streets of Los Angeles to demand, among other things, smaller class sizes, more support staff, and a pay raise for teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The March for Public Education was organized by…
How Proper Urban Planning Can Cure What Ails Los Angeles USC’S School of Architecture is known for producing one-of-a-kind thinkers—Paul Williams, Frank Gehry, and Thom Mayne are just a few of the visionaries who cut their teeth at the century-old institution. But Milton Curry, who was named dean in the spring of 2017, wants his…
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…
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…
A Teachers Strike Is Coming to L.A. Here's What You Need to Know.The looming strike of some 30,000 L.A. school teachers–the first strike of its kind since 1989–raises lots of questions for students, parents, and concerned observers. What exactly is going to happen when the bell rings on Monday and members of the United Teachers…
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…
Who Is LAUSD's Newest Superintendent? Meet Austin Beutner Being superintendent of the Los angeles Unified School District could well be America’s hardest public-sector job. Responsible for educating half a million kids, many of whom struggle to meet state math and English standards, in 1,200 schools and centers spread across 31 municipalities, LAUSD is a sprawling…
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