Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is betting big on students' eyesight.
Zuckerberg announced this week that the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the nonprofit he runs with his wife, Priscilla Chan, is donating money to Vision to Learn, which provides eye exams and glasses to students in low-income communities.
Many poor students who struggle with reading actually are grappling with undiagnosed poor vision.
Compton College, which lost its accreditation more than a decade ago during a time of serious administrative failure and widespread corruption, has been granted initial accreditation status and is one step away from winning back its full standing.
In a meeting late Wednesday, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges reviewed recent evaluations and agreed to the initial status — a major acknowledgement of the college’s efforts to rebuild.
A special prosecutor for teacher sexual misconduct, a single-payer healthcare system for L.A. Unified, teacher evaluations based on 40% “measurable academic growth” — incoming school board member Nick Melvoin has ideas on how to improve schooling in Los Angeles.
Melvoin, 31, won a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education after a historically expensive, hard-fought campaign marked by relentless mudslinging from outside groups, which contributed nearly $15 million. Much of that mudslinging was paid for by supporters of charter schools on behalf of Melvoin against school board President Steve Zimmer, a two-term incumbent.
Angela Vera transferred to UC Irvine two years ago. The campus, she said, gave her the financial aid, academic support and leadership opportunities she needed to thrive — and fueled her ambitions to pursue a graduate degree after she completes a double major in criminology law and society and social ecology next year.
UC Irvine may seem an unlikely haven for Latino students. The campus is located in what used to be a largely white Republican community, home now to so many Asians that people joke that UCI stands for University of Chinese Immigrants.
But the Irvine campus is now the most popular UC choice for Latino freshmen applicants, topping longtime leader UCLA for the first time last fall. And last month, the campus won federal recognition for serving Latinos — a still-rare distinction among elite research universities.