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What is a positive school environment?

A “positive school climate” is said to decrease absenteeism, suspensions, substance abuse, and bullying, and improves students’ motivation for learning. A “negative school climate” contributes to bullying, dropout rates, and mental health problems among students. School … Continue reading

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Feeling safe is my top priority in school this year

Samone Perry is not as concerned with academic stress of her own as she is about her brother; she knows the different pressures and dangers he could face as a freshman in high … Continue reading

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Taking the chains off green space in Fresno

Community leaders are floating a possible solution to Fresno’s park problem — the city comes in last in the nation when it comes to clean, accessible green space. They are urging Fresno Unified School … Continue reading

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Staying a family after deportation

Roughly 4.5 million U.S. born children are estimated to have at least one parent who is undocumented. Recent policies have provided some relief, but those laws offer little relief to the many families already broken up … Continue reading

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Teens that try e-cigarettes are more likely to smoke

A new study focusing on Los Angeles high school students suggests that teens who try electronic cigarettes are more than twice as likely to move on to traditional tobacco as those who never … Continue reading

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Dreams for Coachella

During the summer, Coachella Unincorporated worked with six young people from the eastern Coachella Valley as part of the site’s youth reporter training program. Students learned how to write, report, … Continue reading

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A demand for minimum wage increase in Long Beach

Long Beach’s plan to study the local effects of raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour would has residents divided. Many agree that the policy is needed, but small business owners say it … Continue reading

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Community groups press for Health For All

A vociferous coalition of advocates for undocumented residents rallied at a Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting to support senate bills that will provide health insurance to undocumented California residents.The Health For All bill (SB 4) is approaching … Continue reading

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Three years later

On the three-year anniversary of the last big Chevron refinery fire, city officials, community leaders and residents gathered to recollect their memories of that day, and to remind each other that keeping the city safe from environmental … Continue reading

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Gender talks: What is pride?

Gender Talk, an LGBTQ community group, poses the question, “What Is Pride?” In their responses, they discuss some of the themes surrounding Gay Pride.”To me, pride means being comfortable in your own skin and … Continue reading

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