As Los Angeles schools and others this week observe the 50th anniversary of the East L.A. walkouts, when thousands of Mexican American students marched to demand a better education, much attention has focused on those who became known as the Eastside 13.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday to offer her support after last month’s mass shooting, but some students panned the visit for failing to provide more access to student journalists.
On Tuesday, DeVos’ office said the visit would be closed to media “out of respect for the students and faculty” who returned for their first full day of class at the South Florida campus since the Feb. 14 shooting that left 17 people dead.
At a short news conference after the visit, DeVos said she met with “a small group of students that are having a particularly tough time.” She said their faces lit up when she asked them about the comfort dogs dispatched to their school.
For a while, the nation's three largest school systems all were on the hunt for new leaders, but now Los Angeles has the only vacancy.
On Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio named Houston schools Supt. Richard A. Carranza as chancellor of the nation's largest school district. In January, homegrown administrator Janice K. Jackson got the top job in Chicago, the third-largest district, about a month after being named interim chief executive.
Florida's Senate on Monday narrowly passed a sweeping yet contentious bill to increase school safety and restrict gun purchases, nearly three weeks after the shooting that left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Senate Bill 7026, named the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, would raise the age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21, require a three-day waiting period for most gun purchases, and ban the sale or possession of "bump stocks," which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster.
California’s public colleges and universities face a “drastic disparity” in diversity between their undergraduates, who are overwhelmingly students of color, and their predominantly white faculty and campus leaders, a new study has found.
That mismatch can negatively affect student academic success and must be addressed, says the report by the Campaign for College Opportunity, a Los Angeles nonprofit.
“Our public colleges and universities have to do more than communicate that they ‘value’ diversity while tolerating its absence,” Michele Siqueiros, the nonprofit’s president, said in a statement. “We can no longer accept excuses that leave out African Americans, Latinx, Asians and women from faculty and leadership positions in our colleges and universities, especially when we know including them on our campuses is key to our students’ success.”
Coast Community College District officials said Monday they are reviewing how to proceed after a professor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach was identified in a video telling a Long Beach couple to "go back to your home country."
"We're very aware the community has deep concerns, and we're not going to let this die," said district spokeswoman Letitia Clark. "We're looking at past interactions with students and staff to see if it relates to the comments made on the video."