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  • California Comeback: Healing a Crippled Community College System

    California Comeback: Healing a Crippled Community College System

    • September 29, 2016

    Eduardo Vargas enrolled at East Los Angeles College in Monterey Park during the fall of 2011 looking to help his financially troubled family, but then found he had to wrestle with a problem he had not foreseen: a crippled community college system.

  • California Comeback: When Budgets Shrank and Classrooms Exploded

    California Comeback: When Budgets Shrank and Classrooms Exploded

    • September 28, 2016

    Parents manage a huge pile of details to guide their children’s education. What, then, happens when a recession hits, state education funding is drastically cut, class sizes reduced, parents are called upon to replace library staff and you’re worried that the teacher who provided crucial support for your special needs student may be laid off?

  • California Comeback: For Teachers, Invisible Scars and Wary Hopes

    California Comeback: For Teachers, Invisible Scars and Wary Hopes

    • September 27, 2016

    In the spring of 2008, Underwood was an eager and popular young assistant band director at a high school in Moreno Valley, a suburban enclave in Riverside County, but the first clouds of what would soon be called the Great Recession were gathering in New York — and were clearly visible to Underwood.

  • California Comeback: How a Ballot Measure Brought America’s Largest Public School System Back From the Brink

    California Comeback: How a Ballot Measure Brought America’s Largest Public School System Back From the Brink

    • September 27, 2016

    Four years ago California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 30 and rescued public schools and community colleges from the Great Recession’s economic free-fall. But the measure is scheduled to expire at the end of 2018, which could again place the state’s still-wobbly public schools on the edge of a fiscal precipice.