UCLA is so diverse that you'd almost have to date someone who's not of your own background just to survive.
It's nearly 36 percent Asian American, 29 percent white, 17 percent Latino and 4 percent African American.
A new ranking of top American colleges for interracial dating put UCLA in the top 10. USC did not make the list:
By Patrick Range McDonald and Megan Diskin
The LAUSD Board of Education announced tonight it is keeping Superintendent John Deasy, renewing his contract to 2016 following a tense, closed-door meeting between Deasy and the board that lasted for hours Tuesday. Teachers union activists standing nearby groaned with disappointment, having hoped to get rid of the reformer superintendent.
The pressure was on the board after a crowd of 200 parents, students and community activists held a rowdy rally, holding placards demanding that the board back off Deasy, praising his track record, and chanting, "Don't Be Crazy, Keep John Deasy!"
The rally was organized by United Way of Greater Los Angeles, which has become increasingly active in fighting for reform at LAUSD, seeing its underachieving schools and sometimes substandard teachers as an issue of civil rights for children. Ryan Smith of United Way said organizations backing Deasy represent "hundreds of thousands" of local parents and children who are all after the same thing:
Los Angeles Unified School District board members Richard Vladovic and Bennett Kayser may have screwed things up this time. Due to haranguing that has reportedly made John Deasy's work as superintendent increasingly difficult to perform, the respected education reformer may resign sometime soon and get the heck out of Dodge.
But an unusually broad range of major L.A. civic and social justice groups such as Teach for America and the Urban League are striking back today, holding what's expected to be a spirited rally outside L.A. Unified headquarters in support of Deasy (expect his detractors to show up as well).
Even the often-timid L.A. Chamber of Commerce is piping up:
"Firing Superintendent Deasy, or making his life so miserable that he has no choice but to leave," Gary Toebben, president of the chamber, recently wrote in a weekly column, "is not in the best interests of the students of Los Angeles. It is imperative that the school board make every effort to retain one of the top superintendents in the country."
After the rally, L.A. Unified board members will conduct a "performance evaluation" of Deasy -- the bureaucratic event that has brought things to a head between Deasy and his bosses. The result of which may start another round of protests outside HQ. Things are going to be tense.
Last night news broke of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy's possible resignation. L.A.-based civic organizations are reacting, slamming the Board of Education for going after him and calling his potential departure "devastating."
Schools leader since April 2011, Deasy oversaw a jump in graduation rates and test scores at LAUSD schools despite budget cuts. Now he may resign in February, but says he won't divulge any further information until Tuesday.
The superintendent of the nation's second-largest school district is calling it quits.
The Los Angeles Times tonight is citing unnamed, "high-level district officials" in reporting that 52-year-old John Deasy will resign in February. The reform-minded L.A. Unified School District boss has been on the job for nearly three years.
It couldn't have been easy being Deasy:
This morning, a Redondo Beach health agency is kicking off its third year of an anti-obesity program which closely resembles a Flintstones cartoon.
Beach Cities Health District is in its third year of "Walking School Bus," an anti-obesity program in which a group of kids from Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach actually -- yes -- walk to school. Please read on: