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Stories by Priska Neely
In response to high preschool suspension rates, LAUP created a program to help educators working with kids with developmental delays, disabilities and behavioral needs.
Ninety miles north of Los Angeles, you'll find the home of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. Students there learn to work out the kinks of new aircraft systems.
The budget adds nearly 3,000 full-day slots in state preschools in the next fiscal year. It also addresses the unintended consequences of increases to the minimum wage.
The state arts agency is awarding $15 million in grants — nearly double the amount last year. For the first time, this includes support for programs for kids 0-5.
After a year in the Turnaround Arts program, students at the school are more engaged. But academics still matter, and there have been improvements there, too.
Since it was founded 25 years ago, artworxLA has served more than 12,000 — providing arts education for students at risk of dropping out.
The question that's guided Nicole Robinson's 21 years as a teacher at Fontana A.B. Miller High School: "How can give them more?"
The Creative Industry Coalition is building up partnerships with studios and production companies to provide classroom visits and equipment donations to schools.
Create CA, a state arts education group, has developed a "Declaration of the Rights of All Students to Equity in Arts Learning." It hopes school districts will adopt it.
Eighth graders across the country were quizzed in 2016 on their knowledge and skills in visual arts and music. Just like in 2008, the results weren't great.
Local government arts agencies are holding an Arts Datathon aimed at cultivating ideas for increasing access to the arts in L.A. County.
This one wasn't as cut-throat as the TV show on ABC, so organizers jokingly referred to it as "Dolphin Pool," said career services director Rita Soultanian.
Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, announced today that 83.2 percent of students in the class of 2016 graduated – a record high.
In continuation high schools, for teens at risk of dropping out, arts instruction is sparse. On Friday, a play made by and for these students opens in East L.A.
After a series of town halls and surveys, the board of supervisors passed 13-item plan for increasing diversity in arts institutions.