‘Day of Silence’ calls attention to bullying

As debates around gender identity and sexual orientation spark discussions among students across the country, some schools — like Hoover High School in City Heights — have dedicated a Day of Silence to supporting those who have been bullied or stigmatized into silence. “We are silent in recognition of their forced silence. And it raises awareness of this abuse and bullying as an […]

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Advocates continue to push school district towards restorative justice

Under the Local Control Funding Formula, a school district is required to incorporate community input when formulating a budget with money it receives from the state. But local advocates are saying Coachella Valley’s school officials aren’t being transparent when it comes to how they’re spending money for 2015 and 2016; moreover, advocates say restorative justice is not being fairly considered. “Parents […]

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Ethnic studies classes educate Boyle Heights students on neighborhood history

On March 6, 1968, hundreds of students poured out of their classrooms and marched to the main entrance of Theodore Roosevelt High School. With Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles at the epicenter, the protest animated the frustration of urban Chicano youth with injustices in the school system. “Yet many young people don’t know about that history. Today a […]

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Combating the stigma of mental illness

According to Kidsdata.org, about 25 percent of youth in Merced County report having depression or other major mental illnesses. Victor Seguin reports that, at his school, nurse’s offices post signs encouraging people to quit smoking, or informing them about how to deal with abuse, pregnancy, and anger management. But ways to find help for depression, anxiety or other mental health issues are conspicuously […]

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Put equity before equality in school funding

The Local Control Funding Formula was designed to benefit student populations that have the greatest need for support — the law indicates that districts should allot more money to schools that serve larger numbers of low-income students, English learners and foster youth. But, writes Randy Villegas, the Kern County School District has chosen to distribute most of its state dollars equally across all schools […]

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LGBT youth feel more accepted in Boyle Heights, but say prejudice lingers

LGBT students in Boyle Heights say they live in a time when many classmates are either indifferent to or accepting of their sexual orientations; but some are still afraid of what might happen if they come out to family members. “I’m currently dating a girl, and while we get the odd stare occasionally, most people don’t seem to […]

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What high school doesn’t teach

Tavonne Larkin keeps being surprised by the things she didn’t learn in high school — things she wishes she had some warning about. “As a teenager, I’m required to take certain classes like precalculus, history, or chemistry. But the lesson I’m missing is how to adjust to life after high school.” She had this short commentary, for Youth Radio.

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Black grads matter

Richmond High School held its first-ever black graduation ceremony this year, honoring African American students from area high schools for their academic achievements. Event organizers from the Black Student Union offered an opportunity for African American students to participate in a ceremony that had a strong cultural emphasis. “It gives the students a chance to be together and […]

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Bill looks to enact suicide prevention policies in schools

A new bill introduced by a Long Beach legislator would require schools to devise suicide prevention policies that target high-risk students. Assembly Bill 2246 would also institute training for teachers that would familiarize them with local mental health services, so they could appropriately refer youth and their families for help. “We need to let kids know that there are options and that there […]

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