Commentary: Honor yesterday’s Roosevelt High School heroes by giving today’s students the modern high school they deserve | LA School Report


Students from Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights recently took to the streets to demand action on gun control and to challenge the criminalization of youth of color. They want to study at school free from the threats of gun violence and want positive school climates that uplift them.

A march led by Roosevelt High students is not unusual. The school has a rich history of activism. On March 6, they commemorated the 50th anniversary of the 1968 Walkouts, which marked an important moment in the history of Chicanos in Los Angeles.

The fighting spirit of Roosevelt is a source of community pride. It is as if the past, present, and future live in these students. Not the concrete buildings, nor the stairs and hallways, but in the young people themselves as they fill the classrooms and take to the streets. The spirit lives in the young people inside those facilities, who come to school to learn and grow.

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School board approves a new formula for funding high-need schools | Los Angeles Times



L.A. schools will soon get more money if they are located in neighborhoods with such problems as high levels of gun violence and asthma.

The Los Angeles Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a new formula to determine how to dole out some funding to schools, based not only on the characteristics of the student populations but on the traumas that affect the communities around campuses.

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NBC4 and Telemundo 52 Announce Project Innovation Grant Winners


NBC4 Southern California, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles and the NBCUniversal Foundation today announced that six local non-profit organizations will receive a total of $225,000 in grants as part of the first annual Project Innovation grant challenge. The winning organizations were selected by the stations for their outstanding programs that leverage technology to solve everyday problems in the areas of civic engagement, skills for the digital economy and STEM/STEAM youth programming.

NBC and Telemundo owned stations located in 11 markets, including Los Angeles, launched the new grant challenge in January 2018 to identify local organizations that embrace technology and innovation to develop real-life solutions for their communities.

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As Gov. Brown allocates more education funding, LAUSD moves to make sure its neediest schools benefit the most | LA School Report

Responding to years of pressure by Los Angeles community and education advocates, LA Unified next month may commit to funding schools based on a new ranking that gives priority to those with the highest-need students.

Nearly $140 million in new funding is expected to flow to the district in the next two years as part of California Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to fully fund his Local Control Funding Formula. Advocates want to make sure those dollars get to the students who are furthest from meeting academic standards and live with the most challenges.

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#MarchForOurLives / ELA Womyn Warriors / Wyld Womxn | Feminist Magazine

Young women are leading the March For Our Lives movement, and last Saturday brought hundreds of thousands of protestors out into the streets for rallies demanding gun control, and protesting gun violence in all communities.

Students from Inner City Struggle (ICS) marched in Los Angeles – bringing youth of color voices to this movement and mobilizing young people to #takebackthevote in California.

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Ready, set, walk out: Schools prepare for expected student protests on Wednesday | Los Angeles Times

As a 16-year-old in high school and a student of history, Axel Ortega faces a tough choice on Wednesday morning: Does he walk out of class at Garfield to take a stand or stay put? And if he walks out, does he leave his East Los Angeles campus?

Axel's principal and other administrators also have been pondering what choices Axel and other students will make and how to respond.

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Roundtable Discussion: The legacy of the East LA Walkouts | KPCC


Raul Ruiz, former editor for several underground student newspapers in 1968

Mario Garcia, author of “Blowout: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice”

Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle, a group working to empower families on LA’s east side



Does rebuilding LAUSD's Roosevelt High require bulldozing its history? | KPCC

In Magdalena Ceja's classroom, mice scurry in and out. Electrical outlets in her wall, which power technology Ceja needs to teach, fail. Tiles fall from the ceiling, which leaks in places.

Crumbling facilities are the norm at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles' Boyle Heights neighborhood, a 96-year-old campus that made the history books in 1968 when students walked out to protest unequal conditions for Latinos in the L.A. Unified School District — including, ironically, inadequate facilities.

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Here are Latino education advocates’ top priorities and how they fared in LAUSD’s budget | LA School Report

With this week’s approval of a $7.5 billion budget for LA Unified’s upcoming school year, advocates in Los Angeles for Latino education highlighted their priorities to best support Latino students’ success. Here are some of their top goals and how they fared in the budget:

  • Community schools
  • Safe schools, including restorative justice programs
  • Title I funding for schools serving the lowest-income families
  • Access to libraries and after-school programs
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East LA shines in new school climate map. Advocates credit intensive community investment but say there’s more to do. | LA School Report

A new interactive map on how safe Los Angeles schools are shows a wide swath of red in predominantly Latino, poor and immigrant neighborhoods, indicating students and teachers report not feeling safe.

But one neighborhood with those same demographics stands out for its lack of red. Boyle Heights/East LA is an oasis of green and yellow, meaning that students at most of those schools feel safe or somewhat safe.

The area has been a focus of intense community activism among Latino advocates. They attribute the sense of safety in the schools to high parent involvement and a coalition of community organizations that have pushed for positive behavior intervention and student support policies, particularly in the Boyle Heights community.

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