Staying the Course at L.A. Urban High Schools
Amid steep dropout rates, students who persevere tell why the going can be tough
March 25, 2005
When Nancy Meza arrived at Roosevelt High School, she quickly made 30 friends among her classmates at the sprawling Boyle Heights campus. On Thursday, as her senior class gathered for its final photo, only four of those friends showed up. Most of the missing had dropped out.
Community Activists Promote Education on Eastside
InnerCity Struggle, formed 10 years ago to combat gangs, has switched its focus to improving schools and empowering students.
February 5, 2005
In the slightly cramped rainbow-hued storefront on busy Whittier Boulevard in Boyle Heights, the student leaders of InnerCity Struggle talked about their victories:
How they won key changes in the tardy policy at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. How they successfully lobbied for ethnic studies classes and more college counselors at Roosevelt High in Boyle Heights.
Maria Brenes: Student Teacher
November 7, 2004
Ironically, when it comes to public school reform, just about everybody has had their say — policymakers, pundits, even athletes — except for the students themselves. But a change is coming: There is a growing local movement to enlist students as expert witnesses and leaders in the fight for their own academic and political survival. Among the best of these efforts is the Youth Organizing Communities, based in East L.A. and run by Maria Brenes, an alum of UC Berkeley and Harvard’s graduate education school.
Frustrated by 80 years of Neglect:
Students and Parents Ignite a Fight for a New High School in East L.A.
July 1, 2004
The chant was shouted by hundreds of student members of United Students in March 2004 at a rally of over 200 youth, parent and community members in front of district offices to demand that the Los Angeles Unified School District build a new high school in East L.A. Three months later, the L.A. School Board voted to invest over $100 million in building not only a new high school in East L.A., but an elementary school and an adult education center as well. This vote was a direct result of the organizing efforts of United Students and InnerCity Struggle.
Accord Reached on High School for East L.A.
June 22, 2004
For several years, educators and civic leaders have struggled to come up with a plan to build a new high school in East Los Angeles to take some of the enrollment burden from overcrowded Garfield High. A previous plan died amid political squabbles, public relations blunders and a dispute over location.
La Fuerza del Activismo Estudiantil
Un grupo de alumnus se une para exigir a las autoridades mejores condiciones educativas y lograr cambios importantes
May 14, 2004
A sus escasos 16 años, María Salcedo tiene muy claro que desea estudiar ciencias políticas y que, para lograrlo, el principal obstáculo que debe superar es ser alumna de la Secundaria Garfield.
Huizar Hammers it Home!
Board President vows to block approval of any new construction projects until board approves a new high school site for East L.A
March 31, 2004
Nearly 200 parents, students and East L.A. community residents hit the streets of downtown Tuesday to present their formal demands to two influential local elected officials, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina and LAUSD Board Member, David Tokofsky.
Coalition Demands Access to Higher Education
March 24, 2004
Tired of the alarming student drop-out rate in South and East Los Angeles, a coalition demands that all high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District offer its students a rigorous study plan under the “A-G” requirements: necessary to be eligible to enter a four-year university, but something many students do not even know about.