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A report from the Advancement Project found that there are spots for just 2.4 percent of infants and toddlers and about 41.3 percent of preschool-aged children in licensed centers in Los Angeles County, California’s most populous county. The number of spaces varied widely by community, but the shortage was greater among areas with low-income, Latino and African-American families.


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CCTV June 23, 2015   Policing in America – Critics say there is an institutional problem of discrimination against African Americans. But is the real problem finding blacks to serve? We’ve all seen the headlines. Unarmed black men killed while either in custody or being chased by police officers, followed by violent protests. In some cases, charges weren’t filed against the officers. The events have given rise to a debate over whether U.S. police departments discriminate against people of color and are not reflective of the communities they serve.  


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Los Angeles Times by Teresa Watanabe April 8, 2015 Connie Rice, a Los Angeles civil rights lawyer with the Advancement Project, has examined the issue of police shootings and law enforcement culture for 30 years. She spoke to The Times on Wednesday about the shooting of Walter Scott, an apparently unarmed African American man, by a white police officer in South Carolina. North Charleston Police Officer Michael T. Slager was fired and charged with murder after a video surfaced showing him shooting Scott in the back as the man ran away.


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"There’s already 87,000 kids who don’t have seats just within the geographic boundaries who are preschool eligible, many of whom are low-income," Kim Pattillo Brownson, of the Advancement Project and a member of the district’s Early Education Ad-Hoc committee, said during the afternoon meeting. "Adding 10,000 more kids to that number is an astonishing move for an educational institution."


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Advancement Project, supported by The W.M. Keck Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation, convened an unprecedented partnership of advocates, researchers, and Los Angeles County’s Probation Department to examine current data practices and the path of representative youth through the Probation system, and developed a comprehensive set of recommendations to improve youth outcomes. On April 1, 2015, the partnership released The Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation Outcomes Study. Below is the latest news coverage on the study.  


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Connie Rice on CNN

Connie Rice talks to CNN about relationship-based policing. Watch the full video here. Learn more about Advancement Project's relationship-based policing model.


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Connie Rice on NPR

December 5, 2014 Connie Rice talks about how she built trust with police on NPR's Morning Edition.  Click here to listen to the segment.   The transcript is below. As a civil rights attorney, Constance Rice became known in the 1990s for, as she puts it, going to war with the Los Angeles Police Department.


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CBS News By John BlackstoneRead the full story here. In the public housing projects of the Watts neighborhood in Southeast, Los Angeles, police seem as determined to make friends as they do to make arrests.


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The  Los Angeles Unified Board of Education passed a resolution Tuesday to increase funding by millions of dollars for the district's early education program.The resolution, which passed in a 6-1 vote, is intended to eventually restore funding over the next few years for thousands of slots for children in early childhood education...


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NBC News by Kim Baldonado Thursday, August 14, 2014Read full article here.  


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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck

Los Angeles Times August 11, 2014 Op-Ed by Connie Rice Should Charlie Beck be reappointed? Yes. But that answer would be expected from someone the chief has called his partner in police reform for 12 years. Here is why the rest of you should also want Chief Beck reappointed.


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Among the challenges poor kids in south LA are forced to overcome just to meet the most basic learning conditions in schools, are cockroaches. Not in their classrooms. In their bodies.


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The schools' new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) will fulfill the purpose of helping students with greater needs to the extent that it more precisely identifies the schools they attend.


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More than 300 students, parents and community members from the Eastside of Los Angeles and South Los Angeles demonstrated during the first week of April in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to demand that Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)dollars be directed to schools based on a comprehensive set of needs that includes academic outcomes and neighborhood conditions.


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Two Los Angeles area non-profit groups received grants of about $900,000 from theW.K. Kellogg Foundation to train families of young children in the Los Angeles Unified School District to advocate for their children in the hopes of improving educational outcomes.


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