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LAUSD to Spend $837M to Help Low-Income Students

LAUSD to Spend $837M to Help Low-Income Students

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District has tentatively agreed to provide millions of dollars in added staff and other resources to 37 underperforming schools to settle a lawsuit brought by the teachers union. District officials are expected to spend $837 million to help disadvantaged students and improve schools, the Los Angeles [...]
Empty Desks Used in L.A. Protest for Good Schools  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles students protesting neglect of poorer schools took to the streets, and they brought their desks with them. Some 375 empty desks blocked a downtown street, stopping traffic for several hours Tuesday outside the Los Angeles Unified School District’s offices. Organizers say the number represents how many students drop [...]
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Black Students, Even in Pre-K, More Likely to be SuspendedWASHINGTON (AP) — Black students are more likely to be suspended from U.S. public schools — even as tiny preschoolers. The racial disparities in American education, from access to high-level classes and experienced teachers to discipline, were highlighted in a report released Friday by the Education Department’s civil rights arm. The suspensions — and disparities — begin [...]
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Tuition-Free Community College: A Way to Fight Poverty?PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word “free,” and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college. Amid worries that U.S. youth are losing a global skills race, supporters of a no-tuition policy see expanding access to community college [...]
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Advocates Welcome DREAM Law in Washington State  Immigration reform advocates in Washington state are hailing the signing of the DREAM Act which opens the door to financial assistance to young people who were brought to the country without documents as children by their parents.  Gov. Jay Inslee signed the bill on Feb. 26, making the state the fourth one in the [...]
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Fraternity Chapter Suspended After Noose Put on StatueOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A fraternity chapter at the University of Mississippi was indefinitely suspended Friday by its national organization and three of its freshman members were kicked out because of their suspected involvement in hanging a noose on a statue of James Meredith, the first Black student to enroll in the then all-white college. In [...]
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A Push Emerges to Help DREAMers Gain In-State TuitionWASHINGTON (AP) — Giancarlo Tello paid $14,000 more than other New Jersey high school graduates to attend Rutgers University, the state’s flagship public college. Why the difference? Tello spent much of his childhood in the U.S. without legal permission after his parents moved from Peru when he was 6.   That changes if he re-enrolls [...]
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Strong Communities Need Strong School BoardsWhile it may not be evident from voting patterns, casting votes for local school board members may have greater impact on a community’s overall quality of life than any other vote cast. Quality public schools bring the things that ensure a high quality of life — strong economic climate, better jobs, civic engagement, more citizens [...]
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Budget Deal Restores Head Start Cuts, Supports EducationWASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands more American babies, toddlers and preschoolers would be eligible for early childhood programs under a budget deal reached by lawmakers that advocates hailed as an encouraging sign that Congress is committed to early education programs. They are hopeful the next step will be the icing on the cake in [...]
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Police to Stop Giving Tickets to L.A. Students 12 and UnderResponding to demand for reforms, the nation’s largest school police force — in Los Angeles — will stop issuing tickets to students 12-years-old or younger for minor infractions allegedly committed on or near campuses during school hours. A memo last month to officers from Los Angeles Unified School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman outlined the [...]
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