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One Door Closes, More Open

March 21, 2004

The plan to build a new high school on a 3.3-acre county-owned site at the corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Mednick Street, where students could use the adjacent Belvedere Park for recreation, is all but dead in the water. In a letter dated March 8, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina said: “the county is vehemently opposed to any joint use of Belvedere Park (for a new high school) and I remain steadfast on this position.”

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Tardy Room Blues

United Students at Garfield High pushes to create a more productive policy for late students.

March 11, 2004

Being late for class can be a drag. And for years it was also a bore. At schools like Roosevelt and Garfield High schools, students who walked in after the bell, whether one or 15 minutes late, were sent to the dreaded tardy room, a place where they just sat, and sat, and sat for the rest of the period.

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Schools Needed Now!

Only one out of every 16 freshman at overcrowded school goes on to a four year university

February 5, 2004

Because Maria’s last name starts with an “s” – Salcedo – last year she had to experience the entire breadth of her sophomore physiology course at Garfield High School sitting on the edge of a science laboratory counter.

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Students in East LA Win Changes for Quality

August 15, 2003

United Students (US) at Garfield and Roosevelt High Schools are recognized on their campuses as students who are working to build a stronger student voice to demand change at the two largest high schools in East Los Angeles. Garfield and Roosevelt have combined student populations of 11,000 and classes are conducted all year long with ‘tracks’ of students attending at different times.

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Toward a Fair Chance at College

July 25, 2003

Whatkidscando.org

The storefront headquarters on this main drag in East Los Angeles, one of the oldest barrios in the nation, wears its name proudly in graffiti-like lettering: InnerCity Struggle.

Inside, armed with spray bottles and paper towels, two teenagers polish the conference table to a high gloss. At computers nearby, other young people scan that day’s press reports on local school funding, which again has fallen under California’s budget ax.

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IN THE MIX

June 1, 2003

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Schools See an Awakening of Student Activism

May 30, 2003

Roosevelt High School's newly appointed principal, Cecilia Quemada, had barely been on the job for a month when a group of student activists approached her with a list of requests last October.

The teenagers, who are members of an organization called Youth Organizing Communities, spoke passionately about improving education for the 5,100 students who attend the severely overcrowded campus on Los Angeles' Eastside. The school is notorious for low test scores, and in 2001 it was one of 13 schools in California, and 10 in Los Angeles Unified, targeted for reform by the state.

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Districts Taking On Recruiters

February 13, 2003

 School districts are supposed to provide military recruiters with names, addresses and phone numbers of all high school juniors and seniors or else lose millions of dollars of federal money.
 
But some districts, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, now are offering students and parents a legal way to protect their privacy or shield themselves from any pressure to prove their patriotism during this time of possible war with Iraq.

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The Bad Side of 'B-Tracks' Criticized

Some contend the year-round schedules at crowded L.A. Unified schools promote academic inequality.

December 8, 2002

Burdened by crowding, Van Nuys High School adopted a year-round schedule last year to help alleviate the problem.
 
But in designing a multi-track calendar to accommodate the school's 2,500 students, critics say the school has created another problem: a system that promotes academic inequality.

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East Los Angeles Youth Take Power

December 3, 2002

Thirty years ago, thousands of high school students in East Los Angeles gained the attention of the nation by walking out of their schools in protest of poor quality education, under-resourced school conditions and racist curriculum. In 1968, the student organizers built a student movement that shut down the Los Angeles Unified School District and led to some concrete improvements, such as the implementation of Chicano Studies and bilingual education. The students challenged the notion that young people could not impact policy and take an active role in changing education. But above the school reform gains, the 1968 ‘blowouts’ activated a legacy of struggle for educational justice by students in East Los Angeles public high schools that continues today.

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