School funding is predicated on student attendance, and simply put, without more children attending its schools the Pasadena Unified School District is headed for financial disaster. Currently unable to pay its bills, and facing the threat of being taken over by the Los Angeles County Office of Education, this means most things that are taken for granted — from athletic, after-school, arts, music, and health programs to teachers, janitors and security guards— are being considered for elimination. A beleaguered PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald made the announcement at a recent joint meeting of the Board of Education and the City...Read More
Author: Andre Coleman
2,224 American military service members (0 more than last week) were reported killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to The Associated Press. 27 people were killed in Iraq on Monday when ISIS militants attacked several military checkpoints, according to CNN. 5 people were killed on Sunday when a man with a hunting knife and a hunting rifle opened fire in a church in Russia. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack, according to The New York Times. 6 people were hurt on Sunday in Baghdad when a bomb detonated outside a massage parlor. No one has claimed responsibility...Read More
In response to the shooting at a high school in Florida that left 17 dead but prompted only “thoughts and prayers” by lawmakers, students plan to walk out of schools across the nation at 10 a.m. on March 14 for 17 minutes. Locally, Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada Flintridge and Franklin Elementary School in Glendale are taking part in the event, according to organizers of the Women’s March, who are putting together this demonstration. “Women’s March Youth EMPOWER is calling for students, teachers, school administrators, parents and allies to take part in a #NationalSchoolWalkout for 17 minutes at...Read More
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) said that Steve Bannon, former aide to President Trump, could be held in contempt of Congress for invoking executive privilege during questioning by the House Intelligence Committee last week. “I think it’s likely that he will face a contempt citation,” Schiff, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said at a Council on Foreign Relations event on Feb. 16. Bannon refused to answer any questions except 25 questions approved by the White House. To all of those, Bannon answered with a simple “no.” In a rare showing of bipartisanship, some Republicans on the committee supported Schiff’s calls for...Read More
A task force created to find a way to deter people from jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge held its second meeting on Tuesday to present recommendations from the public that will increase safety but maintain the aesthetics of the historic structure. “There is great concern about preventing these sad and tragic activities,” said Sue Mossman of the Colorado Street Bridge Suicide Mitigation Task Force in July, after the seventh of nine suicides from the bridge that year. “On the other hand,” continued Mossman, executive director of the preservation group Pasadena Heritage, “physical intervention on the bridge...Read More
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