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A lost year for high school students: Loneliness and despair, resilience and hope

One year into the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Class of 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 have redefined the parameters of being a high school student.

March 17, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
UC Merced to guarantee freshman admission to eligible local students, a first for the system

UC Merced announced Monday that it would guarantee a freshman seat to eligible local students, the first University of California campus to do so in an effort to expand college access in one of the state’s most underserved areas.

March 16, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
How can we support teachers and their mental health amid COVID-19?

A study surveying teachers working in under-resourced schools in Southern California during the pandemic described how work-life balance has been affecting teachers’ well-being and how some have been experiencing symptoms of secondary trauma.

March 3, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Newsom, legislators strike deal to reopen California schools with $2 billion in incentives for campuses

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic legislative leaders will announce an agreement Monday to give school districts $2 billion to open schools. School districts seeking funds from counties in the state’s red tier, with seven or fewer cases per 100,000 residents, would be required to extend classroom learning to all elementary school students and at least one grade of middle or high school.

March 1, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Black students are succeeding in college at higher rates, but far behind white peers, report says

A report released by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a nonprofit group that advocates for broader college access, found that while Black students are succeeding in higher education at higher rates than before, there is a long way to go before they achieve parity with their white peers or with goals set by state policy makers and education leaders.

February 24, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Major expansion of Cal Grant financial aid proposed for state’s college students

Nearly 200,000 more California college students could receive state assistance for tuition and living expenses under one of the largest expansions of the Cal Grant financial aid program ever proposed, according to details released Tuesday.

February 23, 2021 | Los Angeles Times
Opinion: Setting up a needless barrier to a Cal State education

The California State University is considering a requirement that high school seniors applying to the Cal State system complete an additional math or quantitative reasoning course on top of the academic courses that are currently required by both the Cal State and the University of California for admission. The Cal State board of trustees is set to hear a formal proposal of this change at its meeting later this month, with a vote on the measure planned in November.

September 5, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
Movie Studio Seeks a Behind-the-Scenes Role in L.A. Schools to Help Fix Hollywood's Inclusion Problem

Sixth-grader Christian Lopez proudly displayed the latest drawing of his comic book character, El Taco, in front of his classmates at Palms Middle School.

June 29, 2018 | Los Angeles Times