How Should Academic Success Be Measured?

News Analysis • Antoinette Evens Public schools in California will no longer be ranked strictly by student performance on standardized test scores but by a number of other factors such as student readiness for college and the workplace, and other criteria that are yet to be determined by the State of California. The fact that […]

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School and Community Safety Forum Highlights Effective Bay Area Programs to Keep Children Safe

Contact: Hanif Houston, 510-684-0322, hhouston@childrensdefense.org Oakland, CA—Yesterday, public officials, policymakers, community organizations, youth advocates, and the public gathered at Oakland City Hall for the Children’s Defense Fund-California’s School and Community Safety Forum, a pioneering event that highlighted the innovative work being done across the East Bay Area to make classrooms and streets safer for youth. […]

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I Refuse To Be a Robot: The B-Word Isn’t Fly

by Asani Shakur The “b-word” is so commonly used today, that it’s not really perceived as a bad word anymore. Young boys and girls hear it often in the music they listen to and other aspects of pop culture and they start using it themselves, without really understanding what it means. Many of us, however, […]

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Richmond Celebrates International Women’s Day, 2013

Photo Essay • David Meza In 2008 Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and her staff, in conjunction with numerous local organizations and community members, organized the city’s first annual International Women’s Day celebration. The event, called Women in Solidarity: Honoring Self, Honoring Community, was an opportunity for women to network and celebrate their collective struggles and […]

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At Craneway Pavillion, New U.S. Citizens Take the Oath

Photo Essay • Edgardo Cervano-Soto At Richmond’s Craneway Pavillion on March 5th, 75 immigrants from countries as varied as Yemen, Mexico and Japan, eagerly awaited their official certification as U.S. citizens. Carolyn Muzyka, the Western Regional Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, announced each candidate to the public before leading them all in the […]

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Video Games, Voting, and Dreamers

Policy News of the Month Don’t like people talking about you behind your back? That is what happens when policymakers make new laws about young people, and often without even inviting them to give their opinion. In order to advance our own agenda, we’ve got to know the rules of the game. That starts with […]

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Q&A: Police Chief Chris Magnus

EDITOR’S NOTE: In this first installment of what we hope will be an ongoing series of interviews with the Richmond Police Department, The Pulse sat down with Chief Chris Magnus to discuss issues ranging from immigration enforcement to gun control policy to the Christopher Dorner incident. The intention of the series is to improve police […]

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Survey: CA Voters Prefer Counseling Over Armed Security at Schools

Report • Antoinette Evans Following the unfortunate tragedy that recently occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our nation is yet again faced with answering the question: How can we keep our schools safe? A recent survey commissioned by The California Endowment and conducted from January 16-21, 2013 set out to measure voter support for a […]

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