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Nov 10, 2014

When he was running for mayor, Bill de Blasio had a plan to improve the health and learning of tens of thousands of schoolchildren. It was to require all public schools to serve free breakfast in the classroom, instead of in the cafeteria before school started. The change was needed, he said, because so few eligible children take advantage of free cafeteria breakfasts — either because it is too hard to get to school that early or because participating in the program stigmatizes recipients as needy. Low participation squanders millions of unused dollars in federal aid and leaves too many children hungry. Click here to read more.

Oct 27, 2014

Written by Mark Ridley-Thomas

When former Los Angeles Lakers star Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) visited a local high school in my district, he brought more than 900 students to their feet, cheering and clapping at the sight of him. They were thrilled to be in his presence.  But as he began speaking, it became clear he was not there to talk about his fierce defensive plays or moves on the court.

He visited Washington Preparatory High School for a heart-to-heart talk with students about mental illness, and I was moved by his candor. He spoke of how he persevered through hardships such as including his parents' divorce. He talked about his childhood, his struggles with anger and most emphatically, about the importance of seeking help. Click here to read more.

Sep 18, 2014

By Craig Clough

HQ grant money teachers LAUSDTeachers are responding with enthusiasm to a website that helps them find grant money for classroom projects and professional development, according to the LA Fund for Public Education, the non-profit that launched the program last spring.

Called Grants HQ, the website puts hundreds of millions of dollars in educational grants online in one place and is available only to LA Unified’s approximately 30,000 educators. Click here to read more.

Mar 31, 2014

By Aaron Stella

Just two week after The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education (LA Fund) launched a new program, Grants HQ, that puts hundreds of millions of dollars in grant money at the fingertips of more than 30,000 LAUSD educators, the response has been “amazing.”

Now, teachers who want to enrich the education of their students, anything from obtaining new equipment to offering specialized courses, can search for grants through a centralized hub, and attend grant-writing workshops.

“The response has been amazing!” said Adena Tessler, Vice president of Mercury Public Affairs, in an interview with LA School Report, “Since we launched the program on March 17th, our classes are 97 percent full, and a few of them even have wait lists. Clearly, we’re going to have to look into creating more opportunities because there are so many teachers that want to learn how to write grants.” Click here to read more.

Mar 20, 2014

By Michele Molnar

Educators in the Los Angeles Unified School District are getting a major boost in their ability to pursue grant funding with the launch this week of Grants HQ, a new program announced by the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education.

Created exclusively for use by the district's 30,000 educators, the program incorporates a password-protected online database listing available education grants from philanthropic and other sources around the country. It also offers in-person workshops and support for teachers and administrators interested in learning how to fill out grant applications. Click here to read more.

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