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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.
Molina, Tokofsky Need to Work Together!
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.”
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.
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.
Toward a Fair Chance at College
July 25, 2003
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.
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.
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.
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.
Critics See Wasted Time in Punishment of Tardy Students
October 5, 2002
Patricia Cavala's school day had gotten off to a sluggish start.
The 17-year-old said she had arrived just three minutes late at Roosevelt High School in
East Los Angeles after missing the bus one morning. She was sent to the "tardy room" for
the rest of the period, and instructed to write repeatedly: "I will not be late to school.... "