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LAUSD back in session: New vax rules, dual-immersion programs

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School started in LA Unified Tuesday, with strict new vaccination requirements for students in place. Some parents are so upset about California’s new law, they’ve filed a lawsuit to try to stop it. A judge heard arguments last week in a San Diego court and is expected to rule next week.

Also, as LA students return to school, more of them will enter language immersion programs where they will learn all their subjects in two languages. It’s an educational approach that’s become popular despite Prop 227, the state law that practically banned bilingual education back in 1998. A measure on the November ballot would repeal most the law, effectively allowing teachers to teach in languages other than English.

Then, Journalist Marissa Gawel took a 3,000 mile drive from Detroit to New Orleans, documenting roadside attractions like the World’s Largest Ball of Paint. Her photos are featured in National Geographic Magazine’s August issue.

And finally, what Larry Wilmore’s cancellation says about a late night field that is crowded, competitive, and fragmented in a way it has never been before.

Photo courtesy of Simon Schoeters