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While the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso have brought gun violence back into the national spotlight, young activists in Los Angeles talk about how gun violence remains a daily reality in some areas.
A former gang member says the massacre scared people in L.A. -- and could drive young Latinos to make bad decisions.
New national study also finds that low-income kids were more likely to have middle-income classmates, regardless of race or ethnicity
The worsening trend holds true in Southern California, too — and not just in urban schools.
A resolution proposes exploring a possible measure on the 2020 ballot that would open future LAUSD board elections to "all parents," including non-citizens.
If ultimately enacted, LAUSD would join the San Francisco Unified School District in extending the right to vote in board elections to non-citizens.
Richard Vladovic will chair LAUSD meetings for the next year. The position is mostly ceremonial, but it often reveals which way the political winds are blowing.
A Census undercount would mean fewer federal dollars for critical programs, including Title I funds for high-poverty schools.
A resolution calls for sunsetting rules requiring school administrators to look for weapons by randomly searching students with handheld metal detectors.
Even if the budget is balanced for now, officials warn that LAUSD's long-term financial health is becoming more precarious. This warning has become almost an annual routine in LAUSD, and in recent years, some skeptics have stopped taking them seriously.
At a press conference, Mayor Garcetti criticized business groups that successfully campaigned to defeat the proposed parcel tax. "We've got fights coming," he said.
Measure EE, which would have helped fund provisions of the teachers strike settlement, needed two-thirds approval to pass, but less than half of voters supported it.
Los Angeles Unified School District leaders are going to need a new way to pay for the promises they made to end last January's teachers strike.
Measure EE would enact a parcel tax on some residential and commercial properties of 16 cents per square foot to help fund the school system.
Castro is the fourth Democratic presidential candidate to endorse the proposed LAUSD parcel tax, which goes before voters on June 4.