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IUSD Has A New Trustee

Written by Thursday, July 27, 2017
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has announced the appointment of a new trustee for the Inglewood Unified School District—Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana, current head of the Los Angeles Unified School District's Office of Educational Services. Melendez de Santa Ana replaces former trustee Dr. Vincent Matthews, who left Inglewood for a school superintendent position in San Francisco. She will become IUSDs fifth trustee in 5 years. In addition to her experience with LAUSD,…

LA Charter High School #1 Opening This Year

Written by Thursday, March 09, 2017
By Angel Johnson The Los Angeles Promise Fund announced it will open a new film and television academy. LA Charter High School #1 is set to open in South Los Angeles for the 2017-2018 school year. “The LA Promise Charter High School hopes to become a place of high quality education with strong community partnerships,” Qiana O’Leary, principal of the school said. Founders were inspired to create a film based school to help get Millennials…
By Angel Johnson, Contributing Writer On Feb. 8th, Emmy winner Viola Davis presented a lecture to 16 hundred students at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Lately, she has been breaking social norms and paving the way for women of color to play more versatile roles in Hollywood. She currently plays the role of Annalise Keating, a law professor, on the hit show “How To Get Away With Murder.” Davis shared her story about how she…

School Board Requests New Election Measure

Written by Thursday, November 17, 2016
By Veronica Mackey A major focus of Tuesday’s council meeting involved a change in the way school board elections are held in Inglewood. The City Attorney’s Office asked the council to adopt a resolution placing a measure on the April 4, 2017 ballot which would amend Article XXVI of the Inglewood City Charter relating to the method of election for the Board of Education. The council agreed to the resolution, which will facilitate submission of…
Eleven year-old resident makes film about his experience As many as 10,000 students and millions online said no to bullying last week in Inglewood. The Be Strong LIVE Tour came to the Forum, giving young people a voice and support for what has become a major public health and safety issue. And a rising star in Inglewood produced a documentary about his experiences as a survivor of bullying. Working with the Los Angeles County Office…

A Few Things Renters Should Know About Owning

Written by Thursday, September 22, 2016
By Glenda Brass, MBA For renters who aspire to be home owners, transitioning from an apartment to a house requires a shift in their thinking that they may not be prepared to make. The financial changes that come with owning, the need to consider planting longer-term roots in a neighborhood, and new neighborhood rules are things renters may not be thinking about enough. Moving can already be one of the most stressful times in a…

July 4th Fireworks Shows and Safety

Written by Friday, July 01, 2016
Looking for some cool ways to see fireworks? Here are a handful of shows near Inglewood, Some come with their own parades and festivals! July 4th Block Party at Grand Park Grand Park in the LA Civic Center is celebrating Independence Day with an eight-block party culminating in a rooftop fireworks display with special effects pyrotechnics. The festivities stretch from Temple to 2nd Street between Grand and Main. There are two main stages, one between…
The Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles is joining the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. to announce a video contest open to high school students in Los Angeles County. The second annual Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship Video Contest invites high school students to submit films/videos on the negative effects of gun violence on youth and the positive actions youth are taking to reduce it. “Gun violence not only harms the victims, but the…
It is an exciting time in Inglewood and I am thrilled about the potential and much needed investment the new stadium will bring to our community. While I’m excited to root for the LA Rams, I also believe there is another group of people Inglewood should promote with great pride — our students. Inglewood Unified is home to a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and six California Distinguished Schools. I am rooting for our…

Matthews Named New IUSD Administrator

Written by Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Inglewood Unified School District has found a new state administrator. Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced last week that San Jose Unified Supt. Vincent Matthews has been appointed to replace Dr. Don Brann, who said in June that he would be stepping down. In addition to San Jose, Matthews was superintendent at the Oakland School District, which was returned to local control under his leadership. Matthews was also the head of the San…

Schools Get $10M Grant for Noise Relief

Written by Thursday, August 27, 2015
Students at Inglewood schools will get long awaited noise relief through an approved grant from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA). Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials have announced that the Inglewood Unified School District will receive its first funding installment of $10 million for the District’s Classroom Noise Mitigation Program. The grant will help bring improvements to reduce noise from planes flying overhead at Los Angeles International Airport. This action follows an announcement earlier this…

IUSD Budget to Wipe Out Structural Deficit

Written by Thursday, June 18, 2015
Inglewood Unified State Trustee Dr. Don Brann announced Tuesday that the District’s 2015-16 fiscal year budget will eliminate a structural deficit that has plagued the school system for many years. The budget proposal that will be presented to Dr. Brann at a board meeting later this month wipes out the deficit ahead of schedule – leaving Inglewood Unified on firmer financial footing as the District works to improve under state receivership. “While few held hope…
Jose Cervantes spent his senior year at Inglewood High School exploring colleges around the country before narrowing his choices to UC Berkeley, UCLA and USC. Not knowing which of the three top-tier schools to attend was a good problem to have – and his acceptance into the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholars Program didn’t make the decision any easier. As one of 1,000 2015 Gates Millennium Scholars from across the country, Jose was recently awarded a…

City Honors Senior Receives $40K Scholarship

Written by Thursday, April 16, 2015
 City Honors College Preparatory Academy’s Kaitlin Brown, has earned a $40,000 scholarship from Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison. SCE representatives delivered the great news to Kaitlin during a surprise visit to her yearbook class on Friday, April 10. A senior who plans to major in environmental science at UC Santa Barbara, Kaitlin was overcome with emotion when handed a check for $40,000 by SCE Local Public Affairs Region Manager Marvin Jackmon.…
Follow up inspections have revealed that Inglewood schools are improving since KPCC reported filthy and unsafe conditions in November. Deplorable photos of moldy walls, water-damaged ceilings, rats and cockroaches—to name a few violations—sent shockwaves throughout Inglewood, prompting immediate demands for repairs and clean up. Decades of neglect, coupled with the school district’s financial crisis and recent downsizing of maintenance workers snowballed into conditions which were intolerable. Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and former Assemblyman…
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