Los Angeles Local News Roundup, Aug. 29

California’s community colleges are severely impacted by budget cuts. Nearly 470,000 students are waitlisted for classes, “70% of colleges in the survey report having reduced hours for such support services, and 87% have reduced staff. In addition, 82% said they planned to offer no winter session this year.” CA’s community college system will have “suffered about $809 million in state funding cuts since 2008,” and will lose another $338-million if “voters reject a tax measure on the November ballot supported by Gov. Jerry Brown.”

A rally held by the PTA in Burbank on Tuesday afternoon demonstrates local community support for Proposition 38, which is aimed to raise taxes to bring in $10 billion annually over the next 12 years. Proposition 38 taxes are meant to support public education in California.

Partners for Children is a pilot program which works with infants who have been diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. A study reveals that those with the program tend to spend less time in the hospital, and on average saved $1,700 per child a month.

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