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Stories by Kyle Stokes
Attendance at the 1,200-seat amphitheater has been lackluster. County officials hope the LA Phil's marketing expertise will bring in more customers.
Erika Torres is the new administrator. Until recently, she was an L.A. County official advising retiring administrator Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana
A study group will work out details like how to register non-citizens without disclosing their addresses to federal authorities.
Tests show that the school's water is safe -- but it's also yellowish, cloudy and "sizzling." The solution? Let the water run for a few seconds, the district says.
The LAUSD board is considering a system to give each of its schools a grade rating of its academic performance. A 2013 Indiana scandal is a cautionary tale.
Pasadena school board members say dwindling enrollment numbers gave them little choice beyond closing three of the district’s 17 elementary schools.
LAUSD Abruptly Cracks Down On Charter Schools That Took District Classrooms, Then Didn't Use Them All
The district says some charters that "co-locate" with district schools have likely forced their "hosts" to give up classrooms dedicated for art, music, science or computer classes.
Proposal calls for a fourth year of high school math or a related course like coding, personal finance or a lab science for admission to the Cal State system.
Four years ago, dissatisfied parents at 20th Street Elementary School were so unhappy with the L.A. Unified School District's management of the school that they threatened to invoke California's "parent trigger" law.
Enrollment exceeding district class-size limits can cause logistical nightmares for principals. But enrollment that's too low could mean a loss of funding.
Finding the right classroom and getting to know new teachers were among the typical first-day concerns at Alta California Elementary School.
While the mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso have brought gun violence back into the national spotlight, young activists in Los Angeles talk about how gun violence remains a daily reality in some areas.
A former gang member says the massacre scared people in L.A. -- and could drive young Latinos to make bad decisions.
New national study also finds that low-income kids were more likely to have middle-income classmates, regardless of race or ethnicity
The worsening trend holds true in Southern California, too — and not just in urban schools.