Kids First?

The LAUSD School Board loosens the rule on fingerprinting school volunteers. Have they just set up the next child abuse disaster?

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A Charter School Pawn

The charter industry hides behind children when it comes time to go through the renewal process for their publicly funded private schools.

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All You Want to Know About Looming Los Angeles Teachers Strike

Some were left stunned that the school board voted to allow volunteers into the classroom without full background checks. The board initially said no to the idea, but changed its position Tuesday ahead.

"I would've thought the district would have learned its lessons from Miramonte and the millions of dollars you paid out in claims," Carl Petersen, who has two special-needs daughters within the LAUSD, said, referring to a LAUSD elementary school teacher convicted of sexually abusing students. "This is one of the reasons we have financial problems."

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Where Do the LAUSD Board Members Stand?

Elected to represent the students in the District’s public schools, LAUSD’s Board Members have been mostly silent as the strike date nears.

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Parents Call Potential LAUSD Strike Plan 'Phenomenally Irresponsible'

Carl Petersen who has two special-needs daughters within the LAUSD, addressed the board over the issue.

"I would've thought the district would have learned its lessons from Miramonte and the millions of dollars you paid out in claims," he said, referring to a former LAUSD elementary school teacher convicted of sexually abusing students. "This is one of the reasons we have financial problems."

"They look for short-term results. And right now the only thing they have on their minds is how to staff those schools and keep them open."

He calls the board's decision a disaster waiting to happen.

"Unfortunately some kid is going to pay the price," Petersen said.

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LAUSD Board Eases Volunteer Restrictions In Event Of Strike

“The school district has failed. They have a specific obligation to the children, and they failed it,” parent Carl Petersen told CBS2. “They’ve had, what is it, two years now, in contract negotiations, and they don’t want to settle.”

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Can the LAUSD Ensure Student Safety During a Strike?

The District is encouraging parents to send their students to school if the teachers’ union strikes. Will they be sending kids into mayhem?

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Lowering Class Size: If Not Now, When?

If current and past members of the LAUSD School Board have called for lower class sizes, why are they battling their union on the issue?

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Trump's Wall Hits the Popular Vote

Donald Trump’s biggest failure may be his inability to recognize that a majority of Americans voted against his presidency.

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Lessons I Learned During My First Semester of College

A little less than a week ago, I finished my first semester of college! These past three and a half months have been incredibly transformative for me. I’ve learned so much about myself and the world around me, and I want to share this with all of you.

 

Basic manners can make all the difference in someone’s day.

There is a server in the dining hall that has a reputation among the students for being grumpy. There were many days that I would go straight to the salad bar or deli bar and not eat the hot food (also to avoid the long lines). My mom suggested that I “make nice” by using simple pleasantries. Short exchanges like “hi”, “how are you”, “how’s your day”, “please”, and “thank you” can make a big difference. You never know what somebody is going through, so treating them with the respect that they are often denied can brighten their day more than you can imagine.

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