La Opinión, News Report By Yurina Rico, Translated by Suzanne Manneh, Posted:
LOS ANGELES — It's been a month since Carla, who is 10 and in fifth grade, and her mother, Emilia Villalta, moved their beds into a friend’s garage in
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) estimates that there are more than 12,000 students like Carla, who are classified as "homeless" because they have no permanent housing.
LOS ANGELES -- It now appears the water at some
Recent tests done by the district shows that the water at some schools has dozens, even hundreds of times the amount of lead the government says is safe.
At other schools, workers are shutting off the water in hallways, in classrooms and in cafeterias.
State schools chief delivers dire message to local officials
Speaking at a town hall meeting, dubbed "Save Our Schools," in Pasadena, state Superintendent of Public Education Jack O'Connell said parcel taxes, which must be approved by voters, might be the solution to cover local school budget shortfalls.
"More school districts are now looking at parcel taxes. Voters should be given the option of approving parcel taxes to pass to fund schools," O'Connell told about 20 20 local superintendents and school board members who met at
One day after
The sale suggests that demand for municipal securities remains relatively healthy, even for debt of issuers that could be adversely affected by
The voter-approved LAUSD bonds, which will finance school building projects, were sold in terms from one to 25 years. The annualized tax-free yield on the five-year issue was about 2.69%. The 10-year bond's yield was about 3.84%.
All Things Considered, February 4, 2009 · As news broke Tuesday that Tom Daschle was withdrawing his bid to become secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, another one of President Obama's Cabinet picks was quietly at work.
The new secretary of education, Arne Duncan, was visiting a charter school in
smf notes that in NYC, a High School of 2,251 students is a “behemoth” . In LAUSD a school of that size might be considered “optimal” – or (with tempered sarcasm) a possible host for Prop 39 charter co-location.
I didn't want to volunteer at my son's school.
There, I said it. I didn't mean forever, just not right then. With my son having recently started kindergarten and his little brother in preschool three mornings of the week, I had visions of free time in my head. But then my head was full of guilt. I felt like a draft dodger keeping a low profile in order to avoid the government, aka the PTA.
Public schools and colleges would get up to $140 billion under the $819 billion economic stimulus plan passed by the U.S. House last week, with $79 billion largely designated to avoiding teacher layoffs at schools and colleges.
But some districts have already pared teachers amid the decline in state aid and tax revenues, while others say layoffs will be necessary regardless of whether the education package clears the Senate and is enacted.
02/03/2009 --SACRAMENTO—Warning that its public schools are in a "precarious" state, California's top education official on Tuesday called for more money even as lawmakers were considering billions of dollars in cuts to help address the state's massive budget deficit.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said
"The state of public education in
The Newman Crows Landing Board of Education voted 4 to 1 Monday night to strip the coming-of-age novel by Rudolfo Anaya from the sophomore required reading list at Orestimba High School. The district review of the book was prompted by a parent's complaint last year that it was "anti-Catholic" and sexually explicit.
The Proposition 8 battle showed that the process to get an initiative amendment on the state ballot should be more rigorous.
February 4, 2009 -- Proposition 8's ban on same-sex marriage unleashed a storm of controversy that has moved to the state Supreme Court. The cases filed there grapple with, among other issues, the fact that the measure isn't just a garden-variety statute passed by the people but an addition to the state Constitution. Amid all the other debates caused by Proposition 8, we need to open one more: Does
02/04/2009 -- Los Angeles Unified School District officials are confident a little help from paid Washington, D.C., lobbyists and a few personal appeals to U.S. congressmen and -women can secure the school district $1billion in federal stimulus money.
The money will balance the district's budget, which is expected to be slashed by nearly the same amount this school year due to dwindling state resources.
"We have a president who understands we have to invest at home in education," said LAUSD Board of Education member Yolie Flores Aguilar. "All eyes are on D.C. as we've lost hope for funds from the state."
Op-Ed by Jack O'Connell & Tom Torlakson | San Francisco Chronicle
But today, as more and more hungry children turn to the school lunch program for their only meal of the day, California's program is in danger of collapse. We must act quickly.
uesday, February 3, 2009 - Year in and year out, the fate awaiting California's education system has been the same-cut after cut after cut. State legislators, though alleged believers in education as the greatest investment for the future, have yet to demonstrate that belief with adequate state funding.
Last week, the federal government acted on that belief when the U.S. House of Representatives passed President Obama's $819 billion stimulus package, a much-needed jolt designed to create jobs.
The package could translate into millions of dollars for
Below is a document prepared by the Congressional Research Service which estimates the amount of education funding that each school district will receive from certain aspects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment bill.
Specifically, this document estimates what each school district in California would receive under the bill’s program allocations (not including the $79 billion State Stabilization Fund) for Title I ($11 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), and K-12 School Modernization ($14 billion) over FYs 2009 and 2010.