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In This Issue:
Beyond the Debate: The Facts About Prop 30
Study Tip: Using A Digital Calendar
Coach of the Month: Nicole Mirkin
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Academic Success Partner of the Month


This month we highlight The New Money School and its co-founders, Alison Ivy Seligson and Lee Broekman. The two women, merging their expertise in communication and finance, recently founded this innovative school which educates parents and young people about money. 

After leaving the corporate world, Alison began teaching personal money management to teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Venice. Since joining forces with Lee, who began her doctoral studies in education and curriculum design, the two women have created a meaningful, dynamic and effective program that is fun for the students while also giving them the tools to prepare for their financial lives. Alison & Lee believe that demystifying money is crucial in getting students to understand how it works and can work for them in achieving their goals and living their dreams.

The New Money School also creates purposeful and practical money lessons for parents, knowing how powerful they can be in guiding their kids' financial futures. For more info visit the website, email or call 310.853.0734.

Looking for a Student Community Service Opportunity?

Meet Rickey Smith, social entrepreneur and owner of the sustainable food business Urban Green. He's started a community education venture called the Urban Green Kids Row program, creating opportunities for kids from diverse backgrounds to participate in many activities related to food sustainability, from planting seeds  to learning about how organic food is grown and harvested. For more info on a terrific community service and volunteering opportunity for kids, email Rickey, visit the website at

or call (800) 200 3320. 

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Greetings To Our Final Issue for 2012!


Love it or hate it, Proposition 30, Governor Jerry Brown's ballot measure to raise taxes to fund education has passed and will go into immediate effect in 2013.

While any number of arguments can be made in support of or against the measure, there is no doubt that the education landscape in California will change in the coming year due to funding increases that will kick in throughout 2013.

In this month's issue, we'll preview the measure's effects on public education in California and its impact on schools, teachers, students and taxpayers - many of them parents.


At Academic Success,  we know that well-informed parents make empowered decisions concerning their kids' education, giving students the greatest chance to succeed in their academic lives.


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"Always desire to learn something useful."

       - Sophocles

Education News 

Beyond the Debate: The Facts About Prop 30 
Now that the arguments are over and the public has made its decision, it's time to take a look at what the policies behind Proposition 30 will mean for the people of California. This article offers an impartial, informative overview on the changes to come for our schools.
A Boost For Education Right Here In LA 


Out of all the schools and districts in California to be affected by the new measure, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) will be one of the greatest beneficiaries. 

Daily News reporter Barbara Jones details the changes, direct from the most influential figures in Californian education. 


Uncertainty Over the Long Term Persists


  While many districts will receive much-needed funding as a result of Prop 30's passage, school districts still face uncertain futures with regard to the solvency of their budgets. This excellent piece of reporting on the ground in Orange County details some of the problems that OC schools will continue to face in the future. 


 Heading North To Gridley Unified


 Although many district administrators were hoping and planning for the passage of Prop 30, the people running Gridley Unified, north of Sacramento, were ready to move forward with or without it. This interesting piece from a local reporter is an illustration of the difficult fiscal choices our schools will now have to make.


If At First You Don't Succeed...


For many Californians who have lived in the state for a long  time, Prop 30 may be reminiscent of another measure that was supposed to be the long-term solution to education funding. In 1984, voters approved the   "Lottery Prop", which has since raised more than $25 billion for education. This timely article serves as a reminder that even well-intentioned funding measures aren't necessarily the cure-all voters hope they might be.

Study Tips 

 Using A Digital Calendar


With a new year almost upon us, it may be a good time to reaffirm the value of organizing and planning one's time effectively to achieve maximum results. 
It can be easy to become overwhelmed with all the events and tasks facing students daily. One enormously helpful way to simplify a busy academic life is to begin working with a Digital Calendar.
Every Mac and PC carries a digital calendar application which can be connected to a student's smartphone. Entries can be color-coded according to all kinds of daily activities: study, leisure time, family commitments and exercise, among many others. Once a student has linked their computer calendar to their phone, they can add/change entries which will automatically update on both devices. Another option is email calendars like Google Calendar which also connect to smartphones.
These calendars can also alert students ahead of time of upcoming tasks and commitments. 
Just a few minutes each day can take a lot of stress and worry off the shoulders of a student, allowing them time to use their minds for more important things- like getting fantastic grades!

Coach Profile

  Meet Justin Tandingan,
  Coach Profile of The Month
This month we're pleased to profile one of the newer members of our coaching team, Justin Tandingan. Justin was born in Portland, Oregon and was a proud University of Oregon Duck where he studied Public Policy and Ethnic Studies. He then moved to San Jose, California where he taught 4th grade literacy for two years. During his time there he worked both in small groups and one-on-one with students, attaining tremendous results with a rigorous teaching style.  Having moved to Los Angeles in the last year, Justin has worked for the nonprofit Teach For America and is currently a Master's student at USC. He is excited to have joined the team at Academic Success

We consider it a privilege and an honor to support students and their families throughout the Los Angeles area.  Please call us at any time; we welcome your thoughts and input.  We are available at 310-823-4398.

Jamie Altshule
Academic Success, Inc.