OW WEB EXCLUSIVE: Foshay technology program highlighted
Superintendent visits South L.A.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson listens as former Congresswoman Diane Watson talks about a technology program at Foshay Learning Center. He visited the school early Tuesday morning during a Southern California swing.
OW video reporting by Nash Baker.
According to data just released by the California Department of Education, the number of African Americans who graduated with their class after four years of high school has increased 2.9 percent.
An estimated 65.7 percents of Black students, who started high school in 2008-09 graduated with their class in 2012.
At the same time, the dropout rate for African American students in the class of 2008-2009 decreased 4.5 percent over three years to 22.2 percent in 2012.
Veteran politician Curren Price Jr. will face-off against first-time political candidate Ana Cubas on May 21 during the general election for the Los Angeles City Council 9th District seat.
Based on unofficial voting results from Tuesday, Price (27.22 percent) and Cubas (23.96 percent) were the top two vote-getters in a field of seven.
Cubas bested veteran politician Mike Davis (who collected 15.69 percent of ballots) as well as David Roberts, a longtime City Hall operative much like herself.
According to a financial watch list released earlier this month by the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, school districts in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles, Compton, Hawthorne, Inglewood, and Lynwood face the possibility of not being able to meet their obligations in the next three school years.
As schools nationwide struggle with shrinking budgets and injecting academic rigor into curriculums, California’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson last week announced that 387 exemplary public schools were named 2012 Distinguished schools for their innovative education programs that both encourage students to learn and help close the achievement gap.
Six of the awardees this year are local schools from the Compton, Inglewood, Hawthorne and Los Angeles unified school districts.
Freedom’s Sisters, a multimedia exhibit developed out of a collaboration between the Cincinnati Museum Center and Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services and supported by grants from the Ford Foundation, celebrates 20 women of national note and 43 local nominees and their contributions to America.
It views through Jan. 8 at the Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. The panel above features the accomplishments and challenges Civil Rights Activist Fanny Lou Hamer faced.