Student Voices: What I would do with more money for California schools

Students from Alhambra, California — a predominantly immigrant Los Angeles suburb — write about how they’d spend a new influx of funding for the state’s schools. The Local Control Funding Formula, passed in 2013, provides extra money to California districts and also requires that they listen to parents, teachers and community members as they decide how to spend it. The series is a partnership between The Hechinger Report and Reporter Corps, a USC Annenberg program that trains young adults to report on their own communities. See all our Special Reports

Stephanie Lee

Teaching your immigrant parents how to apply to college

When I submitted my college applications, I thought the hard part was over. But a few weeks later, I found myself hunched over my computer trying to fill out the…

Kristine Hoang

Computer Science: a branding issue affecting low-income students

If you were surfing the Internet in 2004, you wouldn’t have known that the sophisticated music-hosting website and graphic-design service blog you stumbled upon were being run by a 12-year-old…

Raymond Penaia

Being a model minority comes with a price

In high school I was your cliché Asian overachiever. I took multiple Advanced Placement classes, participated in a variety of extracurricular activities such as my high school orchestra and Key…

Arthur Wang with members of B.O.S.S. - Brotherhood of Social Sciences.

Become a ‘doctor or an engineer’—just not a social scientist

It felt more like an initiation to a secret society than a meeting with friends. In a local cafe in a suburb 10 minutes east of Los Angeles, a group…

Art integrated into class time at Marguerita Elementary School in Alhambra, California. (Photo: Elisa Perez)

What happens when Alhambra elementary schools lack a dedicated art teacher?

Growing up I was an average student. Art class was the place where I shined. It helped me build self-confidence and explore different career options I might not have otherwise…

I’m the first in my family to go to college thanks to a program my school district cut

My family and I migrated to the United States from Mexico with dreams of a better future and education for my sister and me. But the language barrier made our…