Over 2,000 students this week sat for the first time in classrooms at Esteban E. Torres High School—realizing an opportunity fought for by generations of East Los Angeles residents.
For some, the first day of school at the brand new campus signals an end to decades of dilapidated facilities, overcrowding, and low-expectations on the Eastside. The school makes history as the first built in unincorporated East Los Angeles in 85 years, and the first new school on the eastside to open with pilot schools approved under the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Public School Choice Initiative.Read more
The A-G courses—15 essential courses with more rigorous academic content required for admission to four-year institution are not yet reaching the numbers of students they should. That is why some parents have justified fears that the schools will not be ready when this becomes the required curriculum in 2012.Read more
Un 92.5% de los estudiantes de secundaria del Este de Los Ángeles quiere asistir a una universidad de cuatro años. Pero sólo un 27% se gradúa habiendo superado los cursos A-G -15 asignaturas esenciales con contenidos más rigurosos-, necesarios para poder acceder a este tipo de instituciones.
"Que los cursos existan no es suficiente. Hay que conseguir que los tomen y aprueben", dice Henry Pérez, director interino de la organización La lucha del pueblo, basando sus datos en una encuesta realizada entre enero y junio de este año.Read more
Antonio Villaraigosa, the handsome high-voltage mayor of Los Angeles, really comes alive when recalling his start in local politics—as a labor organizer agitating for reform inside decrepit and overcrowded schools. “I cut my teeth working for the union. I cultivated these young teachers who had come to these schools to change the world,” he said, brimming with pride.
Back in 1989, one of those teachers, Joshua Pechthalt, joined Villaraigosa for a rally downtown in Exposition Park. Pechthalt remembers his charismatic young friend pumping up the crowd. “Antonio was the master of ceremonies who had parents and teachers on their feet,” recalled Pechthalt, now vice president of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA). “When we see each other, to this day, we give each other a hug.”Read more
Después de dos años de organizar la base local y crear consciencia sobre el modelo de Escuelas Piloto, InnerCity Struggle y el East Los Angeles Education Collaborative-que están compuestos de organizaciones con base comunitaria, líderes civiles, padres y estudiantes-podrían aún estar celebrando hoy la victoria que fue la decisión por la Mesa Directiva de LAUSD en aprobar que cinco escuelas piloto, en vez de solo tres como el Superintendente Ramón Cortines había recomendado.
En preparación para el voto decisivo de la Mesa Directiva Escolar, InnerCity Struggle en colaboración con el jubilado Congresista Esteban E. Torres, con Los Angeles Education Partnership y con líderes comunitarios de la zona, el 18 de Febrero se reunieron frente la Biblioteca Pública del Este de Los Ángeles para apoyar las propuestas para cinco escuelas piloto. Foto cortesía de InnerCity StruggleRead more
After two-years of grassroots organizing to create awareness and gather support for the Pilot School model, InnerCity Struggle and the East Los Angeles Education Collaborative-comprised of community-based organizations, civic leaders, parents and students-are likely still celebrating their victory Tuesday when the LAUSD School Board voted to approve all five pilots school applications for the new Esteban Torres High School, rather then just the three and two charter schools recommended by the district's superintendent.Read more
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, is a federation of labor unions that represents over 800,000 workers in every key industry throughout Los Angeles County including janitorial, education and construction workers. Those men and women work hard day in and day out just to be able to provide basic sustenance for their families. Most importantly, they are the working men and women who are exacting a high price during this economic downturn. Many are losing their jobs and retirement security, they can't pay their medical bills and are losing their homes.Read more
Change that parents and students can stand behind has finally reached East Los Angeles in the form of bold school transformation.
Over the past few weeks, several plans for school transformation at Garfield High School and the new Esteban E. Torres High School were developed and presented to the community in preparation for a parent and community vote.
A transformative environment is stirring across the nation to improve public schools in order to prepare a competitive workforce for the 21st century.Read more
The Torres high school in unincorporated East Los Angeles is scheduled to open in September 2010. Some Eastside residents want it to be modeled after the Belmont Zone of Choice, Lizette Patron of InnerCity Struggle told EGP.
The group, in addition to InnerCity Struggle, included La Causa Youth Build, SEIU 99, Volunteers of East LA (VELA), and Father Rigoberto Rodriguez of Guadalupe Church. They say they want both Torres and Garfield high school campuses to become "East Los Angeles Education Empowerment Zones of Choice," thereby allowing students and their parents to choose the school that better suits their aspirations, rather than district imposed attendance areas.Read more
Cientos de padres fueron anoche a la escuela Esteban E. Torres en el este de Los Ángeles para pedir una mejor educación para sus hijos.
Aunque no pasaron de la puerta, porque la escuela no se abrirá hasta el próximo curso, las familias llegaron a respaldar la creación de una llamada "Zona Fortalecida", así como la expansión de las escuelas pilotos.Read more