FROM Tyrone Howard
Black Lives Matter and Trump Since well before the 2016 election, the country has been engaged in vociferous debate about whether black lives matter. That conversation has been brought into sharper relief by Donald Trump's racially divisive presidential campaign, and his presidency. Jamil Smith couldn't imagine how this election felt for young black students who can't yet vote. So on his last trip back home to Cleveland, he went to his alma mater to ask them.
What makes LA's black and Latino boys successful? Studies show that everything from family income to teachers’ attitudes play a role in the achievement gap between black and Latino students in California and their white and Asian peers. But what if you look at this gap in reverse? Education professor Tyrone Howard helped document the experiences of high-achieving black and Latino teenage boys in LA.
CA student scores improve overall, but black students lag behind New standardized test results prove that California is struggling when it comes to race, education and closing the achievement gap. The racial divide between the lowest and highest scorers is remarkable; black students had the lowest scores of any group. About a third met grade-level standards in English and fewer than 20 percent were proficient in math. Compare that to the highest-scoring group, Asian-Americans: roughly 70 percent met or exceeded the standards. The tests are based on the Common Core learning standards, and they’re supposed to measure whether students are on track to be college-ready, so the implications could be far-reaching.
Gov. Jerry Brown: California and China will fight climate change together President Donald Trump reportedly wants the U.S. to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, and he’s expected to announce a decision soon. California Governor Jerry Brown heads to China to strengthen climate and clean energy ties.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?