FROM Alvaro Cortes
LAUSD's Much Reduced Summer School Program LA Unified used to offer summer school at more than 100 high schools. Now it's down to 16. The recession and other priorities cut the budget from $42 million to $1 million. For the second year in a row, summer school's only available for students who failed a class, presuming that class is even available. Alvaro Cortes is Executive Director of Beyond the Bell , which operates the summer school program.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.