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Proposal calls for a fourth year of high school math or a related course like coding, personal finance or a lab science for admission to the Cal State system.
Four years ago, dissatisfied parents at 20th Street Elementary School were so unhappy with the L.A. Unified School District's management of the school that they threatened to invoke California's "parent trigger" law.
Enrollment exceeding district class-size limits can cause logistical nightmares for principals. But enrollment that's too low could mean a loss of funding.
Finding the right classroom and getting to know new teachers were among the typical first-day concerns at Alta California Elementary School.
While the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso have brought gun violence back into the national spotlight, young activists in Los Angeles talk about how gun violence remains a daily reality in some areas.
A former gang member says the massacre scared people in L.A. -- and could drive young Latinos to make bad decisions.
New national study also finds that low-income kids were more likely to have middle-income classmates, regardless of race or ethnicity
The worsening trend holds true in Southern California, too — and not just in urban schools.
A resolution proposes exploring a possible measure on the 2020 ballot that would open future LAUSD board elections to "all parents," including non-citizens.
If ultimately enacted, LAUSD would join the San Francisco Unified School District in extending the right to vote in board elections to non-citizens.
Richard Vladovic will chair LAUSD meetings for the next year. The position is mostly ceremonial, but it often reveals which way the political winds are blowing.
A Census undercount would mean fewer federal dollars for critical programs, including Title I funds for high-poverty schools.
A resolution calls for sunsetting rules requiring school administrators to look for weapons by randomly searching students with handheld metal detectors.
Even if the budget is balanced for now, officials warn that LAUSD's long-term financial health is becoming more precarious. This warning has become almost an annual routine in LAUSD, and in recent years, some skeptics have stopped taking them seriously.
At a press conference, Mayor Garcetti criticized business groups that successfully campaigned to defeat the proposed parcel tax. "We've got fights coming," he said.