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‘Schools Can Save Lives’: An Exit Interview with the US Education Secretary

89.3 KPCC “I’m optimistic that, as a country, there is a realization that the success of our public education system is so central to our long-term future that we cannot afford to slide backwards. We achieved a high school graduation rate of 83 percent because we’ve seen significant reductions in the dropout rates for African-American […]

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Long Beach Mayor Launches New Foundation to Support Preschool Education

Long Beach Press Telegram Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia is giving his title and influence — but not his formal involvement — to a new charity that will be devoted to supporting preschool education in the city. Garcia and Long Beach education leaders formally announced the new charity, called the Mayor’s Fund for Education, Thursday […]

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LA Supervisors Want to Beef Up Home Visitation Programs

89.3 KPCC Two Los Angeles County Supervisors are calling for steps to better coordinate and expand the work of several voluntary home visitation programs that help parents raise healthier children. Arguing that the various programs and their funding are disjointed, Supervisors Sheila Kuehl and Janice Hahn proposed a motion for Tuesday’s board of supervisors meeting […]

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‘Life-Changing’: Head Start Gives Latino Migrant Children Early Education

NBC News While he was growing up along Florida’s east coast, Misael Rangel’s immigrant parents were working hard to provide for their family. His father picked oranges and other citrus fruits and his mother worked in the packing fields. Their long days of physical labor often led to a kind of improvised childcare. “My mom […]

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Making Publicly-Funded Preschool Possible To All American Families

The Huffington Post A few days after the election Joshua, one of my four-year-old students, told me he hated Donald Trump. Joshua sounded both angry and afraid. As a liberal democrat, I understand that fear all too well. My response to Joshua was, “Hate is a very strong word. I understand that you’re afraid of […]

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