Schools open in Los Angeles

Alumni, civic leaders, administrators and police welcome students at Crenshaw High School on the first day of classes.
Alumni, civic leaders, administrators and police welcome students at Crenshaw High School on the first day of classes. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC

School bells are finally ringing in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Unified School district gets a belated start Monday as students return to classes nearly a week after the normal start time.

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LAUSD's Crenshaw High School opens

Alumni, civic leaders, administrators and police welcome students at Crenshaw High School on the first day of classes. A five-piece mariachi and a steel drum musician played during the welcome.

L.A. Unified Assistant Superintendent John Deasy said, "We want students to have a sense of welcome, both the seriousness of what's ahead of them and that there's a community around each one of them."

Original story:

Robert F. Kennedy Learning Center opens

Thousands of students are returning to school in Los Angeles as the nation's second-largest school district opens a $578 million learning complex at the site of the former Ambassador Hotel.

The campus that opens Monday is comprised of six independent schools and will serve more than 3,600 students. It was named after Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was killed at the Ambassador Hotel in 1968. Like the hotel, the Kennedy school complex rises five stories.

The complex became the costliest project ever for the Los Angeles Unified School District. The Los Angeles Times says the campus will serve an area where tens of thousands of students were sent to other schools for decades.

Buses rolling, bells finally ringing at LA schools

The traditional day-after-Labor-Day start was bumped back as nearly 30,000 teachers took four unpaid furlough days to begin the year, part of an agreement with a city trying to find ways to fix a bleeding budget.

A handful of charter and year-round schools in the nation's second-largest district were already in session, but the big majority will hear their first bells Monday.

Some information from Los Angeles Times

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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