Severe K-12 Teacher Shortage Projected if Current Trends Hold

After years of teacher layoffs due to budget cuts during the Great Recession, school districts across California are again on a hiring spree.  The pickup in demand, however, comes at a time when the pool of fully credentialed teachers is shrinking.  The mismatch between the need for more teachers and…

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Remediation Rates: The New Graduation Rate?

With graduation season upon us, rising graduation rates across California are again a prime topic for discussion.  Graduation rates have increased dramatically in LA County from 2010 to 2016, rising from 71% to 81% over the six year period.  LAUSD’s graduation rates rose even more significantly during that time, from…

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The Greatest Tax Increase in U.S. History

A recent ​L.A. Times ​business section article entitled Will Congress kill a $101-billion tax break for Californians? focused on a plan, by House Republican leaders called “A Better Way”, to axe the federal deduction for state and local taxes, a provision that allowed Californians to reduce their taxable income by $101 billion…

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Weekly Report – February 13, 2017

On March 7, 2017 voters in the City of Los Angeles will be asked to vote on Measure S, that if passed, would impose a moratorium on construction that increases development density, for up to two years.

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Weekly Report – January 30, 2017

This study commissioned by Royal Bank of Canada and the Latino Donor Collaborative, presents a comprehensive analysis of the contribution made by Latino Americans to the US economy, based on data from a wide variety of government and private sources.

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Building A More Sustainable Economy One Neighborhood at a Time

Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the L.A. riots. Though many of the issues that helped fan the flames of the unrest – poverty, unemployment and crime – still persist in the neighborhoods of South L.A. (and other parts of the region), there is a growing sense that change is coming.

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