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John Diaz of The San Francisco Chronicle, Lily Dorman Colby student at UC Berkeley Law, Judge Michael Nash and Jim Newton of the Los Angeles Times during forum at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall in 2012. Photo by Fostering Media Connections.

OP-ED: Journalism in the Best Interest of the Child

By Daniel Heimpel A fortnight ago, the appeals court for the Second Appellate District in California invalidated a court order that had eased media access to Los Angeles County’s otherwise closed juvenile dependency hearings.This ends [...]
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Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative Comes to Oakland

President Obama recently launched an innovative “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to support young African American men by keeping them focused on education and out of prison. Th
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San Francisco School Board Establishes Policy to Reduce School Suspensions

At its general meeting on February 25, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously approved a policy aimed at further improving school climate at all San Francisco Unified School District schools and reducing student suspensions.
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Movement Begins Against Increased Standardized Testing of Teachers

It’s tough and expensive to become a teacher. For most people in California it now requires five different standardized tests, a year of classes and six months of unpaid labor AFTER completion of the B.A.Now [...]
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Kamala D. Harris and Legislators Unveil Truancy Law

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris this week announced a package of legislation to help local school districts and communities address California’s elementary school truancy crisis.Each year, an estimated one million elementary school students are truant, [...]
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Overcomers With Hope Offers Youth Digital Arts Training

Overcomers With Hope (OWH) Television Broadcast Digital Arts Media Training Program based in Oakland is set to re-launch its services to underserved youth. The state-of-the-art facility is housed in the Liberty Hall – Marcus Garvey [...]
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Whistle Blowing Teacher Says He Faces Firing for Revealing Discrimination

Brian Crowell, a Berkeley High School history teacher, is locked in a fight with his school and district over the Berkeley Peer Assistance and Review (B-PAR) program, which was originally designed to help underperforming teachers [...]