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Closures & Covid-19 outbreaks, distance learning returns, US Dept. of Ed Pursues Legal Action Towards States with Mask Bans

Aug 31, 2021

Last week’s news was defined by the growing number of mask and vaccine mandates. This week’s news is defined by the growing number of school closures and student & teacher quarantines due to Covid-19 outbreaks nationwide (USA Today):  California: LA Times, LA Daily News, Washington Post Tennessee: Commercial Appeal, WBRC, Fox 13 Texas: CNN, ABC,…

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Angelique Lawrence: Made for College

Aug 30, 2021

Spring is the most exciting yet one of the most taxing times of the college application process. It’s not uncommon for doubt or negative thoughts to creep into the minds of high school seniors as they eagerly wait to find out what their academic future holds.

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Senior Bridge Prepares Rising Locke Seniors for College Applications

Aug 26, 2021

At Locke College Preparatory Academy, Senior Bridge has become the culmination of academic growth for our students.

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Writing: An Untitled Story by Rachel Sanchez

Aug 24, 2021

I am a Latina woman. Though I was born here, I have Mexican blood running through my veins, and that is something that I am extremely proud of having. In my community, we have always faced the struggles of racism. “Wetbacks, beggars, and illegals,” are just a couple words that the people in my community…

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News & Views: FDA approves Pfizer, House Passes $3.5T budget, states banning mask mandates may face legal action.

Aug 24, 2021

The FDA approved Pfizer earlier this week, paving the way for more vaccine mandates in schools and elsewhere. (Politico, EdWeek, Washington Post, AP News, Time, NY Times, NPR, Chalkbeat).    Today, The House approved a $3.5T budget blueprint that is a key win for President Biden in executing his agenda, including his vision for public…

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Leading by Example: Meet Ánimo Inglewood’s New Principal

Aug 24, 2021

After eight years of serving as the assistant principal, LaShawn Allen will now lead Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School as principal. 

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5 Green Dot Students Take Part in Prestigious Summer Youth Fellows Program

Aug 19, 2021

This summer, five Green Dot students took part in the Coro Southern California Youth Fellows Program.

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¿Clases Universitarias a La Edad De 12 Años? Cómo Está Aeo Dando a Los Alumnos Un Empujón Hacia La Universidad

Aug 17, 2021

En la Escuela Secundaria Chárter Ánimo Ellen Ochoa, el camino hacia la universidad inicia temprano. A través de una asociación de inscripción dual con la Universidad del Este de Los Ángeles, AEO está ayudando a los alumnos a crear una trayectoria hacia el éxito que incluye tomar cursos universitarios incluso antes de que lleguen a su primer año de preparatoria.

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Green Dot Educators Share Excitement in Reopening this School Year

Aug 17, 2021

As we eagerly await for our hallways to once again echo with the laughter of students, our educators have shared what they are most excited for this school year.

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News & Views: Schools Reopen, Masks & Vaccinations Still Differ by District.

Aug 17, 2021

News  President Biden and Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona spoke publicly and sent letters to the Governors of Texas and Florida emphasizing the need to allow students and teachers to wear masks while at school. (NY Times, USA Today, Politico, Politico) Tennessee specifics: Chalkbeat TN, Commercial Appeal, The Tennessean  Texas specifics: Wall Street Journal, Fox…

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Footlocker Chooses 5 Green Dot Art Students to Craft Designs for New Store

Aug 12, 2021

A proud Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School alumna connected 5 Green Dot students with Footlocker to participate in a collaborative art project, celebrating the grand opening of the footwear retailer’s Inglewood location.

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Senate Passes Infrastructure Deal, Schools Reopen, Masks & Vaccinations Continue to be Contentious.

Aug 10, 2021

Today, the Senate passed a $1T Infrastructure deal with bipartisan support. As the name suggests, the bill deals primarily with the nation’s infrastructure and includes a $65B investment for updating the nation’s broadband, funding for school infrastructure, and investments for HBCUs. (CNN, NY Times, CNBC, The Washington Post, AP News, Politico, NPR, The Atlantic)   …

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HBCU-Bound Senior Shares Motivation, Wisdom in College Decisions

Aug 4, 2021

A graduating senior at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School will be the first in her family to attend college—2000 miles away from home.

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How Our Summer Bridge Accelerates Learning, Builds Advocacy

Aug 3, 2021

At Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, Summer Bridge is a critical part to student induction. This is why.

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Delta variant and masks, federal funding for charters, critical race theory, and school choice.

Aug 3, 2021

Though the Delta variant continues to be of concern, most districts – including Shelby County Schools (Commercial Appeal, WMC Action 5 News) and LAUSD (LA Daily News, ABC 7, CBS LA, LA Times) – are firm in the importance of returning to school in person (while wearing masks). This is bolstered by President Biden and…

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Senior Spotlight: Meet Ingrid

Aug 2, 2021

I cried, I was so happy. Because in the beginning [of the Dell Scholar application process], I wasn’t really in the right state of mind. I was really stuck because I didn’t know what my future plans were going to be.

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UCLA-Bound Locke Senior Reflects on High School, Road Ahead

Jul 29, 2021

As Keiry Valle’s path to college becomes clearer, she has taken a moment to reflect on how her high school experiences prepared her for success. 

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Weekly News Report: Mask requirements, federal funding for charter schools, and lots of opinion pieces.

Jul 27, 2021

CDC reverses mask guidance and now recommends that everyone should wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. This applies to all indoor areas in high transmission areas, as well as in all schools. This comes one week after the AAP recommended the same.  (US News, Fox News, NPR, CNBC, Forbes, Washington Post, Politico, EdWeek, CNN)…

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Young Organizers

Green Dot Students and Family Band Together to Push for Ban on Flavored Tobacco

Jul 21, 2021

The statistics are staggering: Data shows that more than 80% of kids who have used tobacco started with a flavored product. United Parents and Students (UPAS) is working to change that.

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Meet Ruby Esparza, Dell Scholar

Jul 20, 2021

Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy Senior Ruby Esparza is one of 13 Green Dot students to receive the prestigious Dell Scholarship award in 2021.

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