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Rapper Expands Local Robotics Program To Get Kids Excited About STEM

Musician and tech entrepreneur is taking his love for robotics to the next level with his co-created robotics program. The Black Eyed Peas band member has a goal to ease the struggles of the next generation in terms of accessibility to educational resources. With that said, his Angel Foundation is partnering with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to expand their robotics program to what could be 12,000 students throughout the entire district. According to an announcement from the Foundation, the LAUSD has witnessed the positive impact the organization has had on local neighborhood Boyle Heights for the past 11 years, serving close to 1,400 students in their STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) education. This summer, the two entities want to continue this community work and bring STEM skill sets to more than 400 new robotics clubs from middle and high schools and sign up as many students as possible for the FIRST Robotics program ahead...

Njera Perkins

Jun 24, 2021

After Cutting Its Police Department Budget, Los Angeles School Board Diverts $25M to Services For Black Students

Los Angeles schools just did the right thing! According to CNN, the schools are responsible for the reorganization of the police agency responsible for school safety. On Tuesday (February 16), The Board of Education overseeing the Los Angeles Unified School District voted to cut $25 million from the Los Angeles School Police Department. The move also cut 133 jobs in the department. Instead of being used for the police agency, the money will go to a Black Student Achievement Plan to improve student literacy, empower community groups, and reduce the “over-identification of Black students in suspensions, discipline and other measures,” according to the meeting agenda. “We are taking an important step in the right direction to provide Black students with vital investments in their success — with millions of dollars going toward academic support, social-emotional resources, and a new approach to school climate and safety,” said school board member, Nick Melvoin. “This student and...

Shanique Yates

Feb 18, 2021