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Community colleges struggle with students’ food needs as pandemic increases demand

By Betty Márquez Rosales, EdSource With reduced work hours and a baby on the way, Maraya Bermudez stocks up on groceries for the week at the food pantry on her community college campus. She frequented the Fullerton College food pantry sparingly during the school year, but she now goes every week to pick up bags that often include rice, beans, vegetables, fruits, milk and snacks. A former foster youth, she has also been eligible for debit cards from her college that she can use for groceries and ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Community, Orange County, University Of California, Cal State Fullerton, WIC, Orlando, Gavin Newsom, Cabrillo College, Los Angeles County, Assembly, CSU


Assembly bill would shield school districts from coronavirus lawsuits

A new education bill — which State Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach — introduced this week seeks to limit liability related to the coronavirus for school districts this fall. O’Donnell, who chairs the Education Committee in the California Assembly and is a high school history teacher, said his bill will help protect districts from COVID-19-related lawsuits as they try to reopen this fall. Many school districts, under the guidance from the state and their respective counties, will t...
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USC backs off plan for fall in-person classes, citing coronavirus spike

The Tommy Trojan statue is seen on the USC campus. (2019 photo by Reed Saxon/Associated Press) LOS ANGELES — Reversing course from an announcement made one month ago, USC officials now say undergraduate fall courses will primarily remain online during the fall semester. “Public health guidelines continue to change, and Los Angeles County has yet to approve our plans for returning to full campus operations,” according to a joint letter released Wednesday night by USC Provost Charles F. Zukoski ...
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Cal State faculty call for reforms to improve racial justice across system

Faculty across California State University are calling for a series of reforms meant to advance racial justice across the 23-campus system, from requiring students to take a class in ethnic studies to disarming campus police. The California Faculty Association, the union representing faculty across the Cal State system, on Wednesday released a report titled “Anti-Racism and Social Justice Transformation Package,” which also calls on CSU to create Black studies departments at every campus, offer ...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Elise, Black, Southern California, Board of Trustees, CSU, California State University, Latina, Cal State Long Beach, San Diego State, Cal State Northridge


Asian American groups call for crackdown on racism in coronavirus era

A coalition of Asian American groups has called on the state to establish a task force to investigate hundreds of racist incidents in California against people of Asian descent since the coronavirus pandemic, which began in China, hit the U.S., including one at Torrance’s Wilson Park that was caught on video and went viral on the internet. Stop Asian American Pacific Islander Hate, which has aggregated data on these incidents, said during a Wednesday, July 1, teleconference that Asian Americans ...
Tags: Crime, News, Education, California, China, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Coalition, Community, Local News, Donald Trump, Public Safety, Gavin Newsom, Trump, South Bay


Defendant in Southern California semen-tainted flute case agrees to plead guilty

An international music program founder who allegedly distributed semen-tainted flutes to schools in Orange and Los Angeles counties and traveled to the Philippines to have sex with minors is expected to plead guilty to federal and state charges in October. John Edward Zeretzke, 61, of Ventura, who formed Flutes Across the World in 2009 and has worked with thousands of children across the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to one federal count of production of child pornography and six sta...
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LAUSD board hears arguments for and against cuts in police department

Activists supporting the Black Lives Matter movement took their arguments once again to the Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday, June 30, urging board members to “defund” the school district’s independent law enforcement agency. This time, the proposal aimed to slash funding for the district’s police force by 50%. The board had not taken a vote on the matter as of about 3 p.m. Tuesday, after going into closed session about 2:30 p.m., following hours of public testimony on the police i...
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Record number of LAUSD students learn online while school’s out for summer

A record 100,000 students are enrolled in Los Angeles Unified’s digital summer school, which started Monday, June 29, with enrichment classes designed in partnership with celebrity filmmakers, musicians and sports stars. This is the first time summer school has been made available to all students in the LAUSD, and Superintendent Austin Beutner said that’s because the district believes it may help mitigate learning loss due to the pandemic that forced schools to close back in March and transition...
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LAUSD remains undecided about schools reopening this fall

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 29, that no decision has been made about students returning to school facilities amid the COVID-19 pandemic when the academic year starts Aug. 18, but he said officials are working on a plan. Beutner’s statements were presented along with a survey from LAUSD that showed 59% of families said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school for the fall semester, while 21% said they are uncertain and 20...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Southern California, State, Los Angeles County, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Beutner


As LA public schools plan for fall, calls grow for improved online learning

As the coronavirus pandemic shows little signs of slowing down, calls are growing for the Los Angeles Unified School District to improve upon a hastily launched system of online learning for the coming academic year. A report compiled by parent advocacy organization Speak Up found the district’s distance-learning program has been “inconsistent at best and discriminatory at worst.” The report added that live online instruction, mandatory grades and consistent scheduling are critical to online sch...
Tags: News, Education, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Lausd, Southern California, San Fernando Valley, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Newsom, Blevins, Hamilton High School


Teachers union calls for elimination of LAUSD police force

The United Teachers Los Angeles union is calling for the elimination of the Los Angeles Unified School District police department, it was announced Friday, June 26. The UTLA “House of Representatives” passed a motion Thursday night to eliminate LAUSD school police and redirect funding to mental health and counseling for students, said Anna Bakalis of the union. Thursday’s UTLA House of Representatives vote was 154-56, and follows a 35-2 vote by the UTLA Board of Directors on the same motion on J...
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‘Zoom University’ students stuck with unwanted leases

Liana Chavez was halfway through her freshman year at Cal State Fullerton when she and three sorority sisters signed a lease for next year at the University House Fullerton student housing complex, one block south of campus. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit, shutting down almost all in-person classes at the state’s fourth-largest four-year university. Although all but one of her classes — a lab — will be online during the fall, the Northern California resident can’t get out of that lease unless...
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LA archbishop calls for support to keep America’s 6,000 Catholic schools open

LOS ANGELES — Archdiocese of Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gómez called Wednesday for nationwide support to keep Catholic schools open, saying many around the country face permanent closure because of the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The archbishop’s views were expressed in his weekly column in the Arcodiocese’s multimedia news platform Angelus News and were made in the context of an expected ruling by the end of the month by the U.S. Supreme Court on education funding. RELATED ST...
Tags: News, Education, La, Religion, California News, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Catholic, Catholics, U S Supreme Court, Gomez, Jose H Gomez, U S Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Schools


Hundreds of protesters march, urge cutting LAUSD school police department

UTLA board member Cecily Myart-Cruz speaks to protestors at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles asking to de-fund the LAUSD school police Monday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) UTLA board member Cecily Myart-Cruz speaks to protestors at the LAUSD headquarters in Los Angeles asking to de-fund the LAUSD school police Monday, June 16, 2020. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds About ...
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L.A. Archdiocese Catholic school campuses to reopen in Fall

Catholic schools in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties will resume on-campus instruction this Fall, the Los Angeles Archdiocese announced in a statement Tuesday, June 16. The school openings at more than 250 campuses across the three-county region will follow guidance from the California Department of Public Health, which include physical distancing, regular sanitation, frequent hand washing and face coverings. Each school will also customize a plan to meet their specific needs. The...
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Hundreds of schools vulnerable to outbreaks because of vaccine reluctance, data suggests

A measles outbreak that began at Disneyland in 2014 led California lawmakers to tighten up vaccine requirements, eliminating personal and religious exemptions for school attendance.. Doses of the MMR (measles, mumps rubella) vaccine and the Tdap for whooping cough at the Health Care Agency, Orange County in Santa Ana. (File photo by Michael Goulding, Orange County Register/SCNG) That law took effect in 2016, but the state’s most recent vaccination data — from the 2018-19 school year — show t...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Cdc, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, United States, Healthcare, MMR, Vaccinations, Bill, Disneyland


LA Unified chief calls to end school police use of pepper spray and policy allowing chokeholds

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, June 15 that he will recommend the district’s school board eliminate school police officers’ use of pepper spray and policies allowing carotid choke holds before the next academic year. He also tapped a small group of community members to help conduct a budget review of the Los Angeles school police, “to look at what is needed to keep schools safe as well as what students need to feel free from stigma,” and present concrete changes t...
Tags: News, Education, Police, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Aclu, Portland, Lausd, Lapd, Ucla, Southern California, City Hall, Board of Education, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Graduation: LAUSD TV special honors 28,000 graduates around the district

Honoring 28,000 graduates left without traditional graduation pomp and circumstance amid the coronavirus pandemic, LAUSD has created an hour-long TV special, “Los Angeles Unified Celebrates the Class of 2020.” The show will air at 6 p.m. Monday, June 15, on lausd.net and KLCS-TV.   The show includes: Superintendent Austin Beutner Members of LAUSD’s Board of Education Student board member Frances Suavillo Gov. Gavin Newsom Sen. Kamala Harris TV host/comedian Ellen DeGeneres Rapper Lil Jon a...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Graduation, Lausd, Ellen Degeneres, Los Angeles Dodgers, Southern California, DAVE ROBERTS, Lil Jon, Austin Beutner, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, KLCS


Torrance protesters work out in support of woman who endured racial tirade while exercising

About 100 black-clad protesters held an early-morning workout at Wilson Park on Friday, June 12, the day after a video went viral on Twitter that showed a white woman cursing and screaming racial epithets at a woman who identified herself as Filipino-American as she filmed her exercise routine. The incident occurred at steps leading to the bandstand not far from the ball field at the park. After Friday’s protest, some participants performed the same exercise routine that the victim of the tirade...
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Graduation: Carlos Santana to address UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music grads

Carlos Santana will deliver the keynote address at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s June 19 commencement, which will be held online, the university announced Monday, June 8. “I feel honored to be speaking to young musicians and a new generation of music scholars,” Santana said in a statement released by UCLA. “The class of 2020 is resilient, and their voices are needed now more than ever. I want them to use their music as a platform to empower and unite as we seek justice and creative solu...
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L.A. County school districts’ hybrid learning plans align with state guidelines

Los Angeles County school district plans for the next academic year appear to fall within new guidelines released by California education officials on Monday, June 8, which anticipated that at least some students will continue to learn from home amid the ongoing pandemic. The “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools” guide is intended to serve as a guide for discussion on reopening schools for the 2020-21 academic year, decisions for which will be mad...
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New guidelines say school year will see some California students learning from home

California education officials expect at least some students to be learning from home, at least some of the time, when the new school year begins, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, under new guidelines released Monday, June 8. The California Department of Education’s guidelines on reopening the state’s 1,037 public school districts, “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools,” was released on Monday, June 8, 2020. Public schools around the s...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Public Schools, Newsom, California Department of Education, Thurmond, Tony Thurmond, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR, Top Stories PE, Top Stories IVDB


Unusual classmates: Mom, son succeed in college together

The champagne waits. They haven’t cracked it open yet because it’s hard for them to believe the deserve it. They’re in almost-celebration mode. Almost believing what they’ve done, which is really unbelievable. Someday soon, Lorraine Limon (52 years old) and her son Danny (29) are going to pop the cork on that bottle and toast each other together. This mom and son duo answers the question: Who in their right minds would do this? Answer: They would. Two people who thought they were broken. Lorrain...
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Summer reading: Page-turning tips to keep your kids engaged

By Greg Hardesty When Baleigh Batiste picks up a book, she likes to plop down on her chair in her room to read it, or in a hammock in the backyard. The 9-year-old Placentia girl loves mysteries and stories that come in a series. “Reading helps the time pass,” Baleigh says. “I learn something, and it helps me relax.” Her brother, Brayden, 11, also likes to read in the hammock or on a couch in the living room. He’s into science fiction. “It gives you a glimpse of what could happen if we don’t act ...
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National Merit Scholarship announces college-sponsored awards to LA County high school seniors

  Socially distant driveway graduation greeting on Saturday, May 23, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG)   The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced today its first of two lists of high school seniors who have been awarded college-sponsored scholarships. The second group will be announced on July 13. Corporate-sponsored merit scholarships winners were announced on April 22. These awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study ...
Tags: Education, College, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Higher Education, High School, Universities, Local News, Usc, Scholarships, Los Angeles County, San Fernando, LA County, San Fernando Valley


City of San Fernando announces college scholarships for 10 students in fifth annual program

  Cap of a graduate in 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)   The City of San Fernando’s Education Commission has announced the 2020 scholarship recipients in the city’s fifth annual scholarship program. This year the commission is awarding a total of $5,000 in scholarships. Students who live, attend school or whose parents live in the city of San Fernando were eligible to apply for the scholarships. The scholarships were open to graduating h...
Tags: Education, College, Sport, Soccer, High School, Local News, Usc, Scholarships, Los Angeles California, San Fernando, Cesar Chavez, LA County, San Fernando Valley, Mike Garcia, Education Commission, Top Stories LADN


Meet Dr. Rios: Sylmar resident overcame poverty to stride toward attaining her dream of becoming a pediatrician

As a 7-year-old, Melissa Rios asked her mother to buy her a black Fisher Price medical kit equipped with a plastic stethoscope and colorful medical bottles. She still has it. Now, she’s also got dual degrees from UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and Fielding School of Public Health. As Rios took the Hippocratic Oath in a virtual UCLA graduation ceremony at her childhood home in Sylmar, she reminisced about the hard work it took to get her here, on her way to attaining her dream of becoming...
Tags: Business, Florida, News, Education, Medicine, Mexico, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Higher Education, Graduation, Orange County, Ucla, Melissa, Rios, Woodland Hills


Yearbooks capture pre-coronavirus world for Southern California students

Before they started snapping pictures, writing copy blocks and designing pages, 26 Chaparral High School students selected a theme for the 2019-20 yearbook. One and only. Apropos of the months ahead, Jackie Schmidt’s yearbook students, like thousands of other creative minds across Southern California, set out in the fall to capture in art and text the uniqueness of a school year barrelling toward an abrupt and unprecedented ending. In March, as the coronavirus pandemic brought about distance lea...
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Masks, social distancing, smaller classes could be on tap for California’s 2020-21 school year

The novel coronavirus pandemic will shape what the 2020-21 California public school year looks like, when it begins in a little more than two months. “We’ve learned from the experience of (the 1918 flu) pandemic,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said during an online press event Wednesday morning, May 27. “We know that we can flatten the curve by doing a few simple things,” like social distancing, hand washing and using face coverings. “California is rising to meet that ...
Tags: Health, Education, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Jack Dorsey, Local News, Orange County, Southern California, California Department of Education, Thurmond, Oakland Unified, Tony Thurmond, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR


Masks, social distancing, smaller classes on tap for California’s 2020-21 school year

The novel coronavirus pandemic will shape what the 2020-21 California public school year looks like, when it begins in a little more than two months. “We’ve learned from the experience of (the 1918 flu) pandemic,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond said during an online press event Wednesday morning, May 27. “We know that we can flatten the curve by doing a few simple things,” like social distancing, hand washing and using face coverings. “California is rising to meet that ...
Tags: Health, Education, California, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Jack Dorsey, Local News, Los Angeles County, LA County, California Department of Education, Thurmond, Oakland Unified, Tony Thurmond, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories OCR



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