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Kiva Microloans: Not Just for Developing Countries Anymore

Kiva is shifting some of its energy to microlending in Detroit, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

Kiva might have started as a microloan tool for entrepreneurs in developing countries, but the nonprofit has recently turned its attention to American cities, partnering with groups in Detroit and New Orleans as part of its Kiva City initiative. Last week, Kiva City officially launched in Los Angeles, announcing 13 initial L.A. loans in a press conference at Café 22, a recipient of one of those loans.

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L.A.'s Mayor Asks for Public Input on Education. But Does He Care What We Say?

Villaraigosa took to Twitter to announce that he wants to hear from the masses about education. Whether he cares what they say is still unclear.


Education is a hot topic in Los Angeles—more than 5,000 teachers protested budget cuts in Downtown last Friday and the Los Angeles Times just released a second go-round of its controversial database ranking teachers according to how much their students' test scores improved—so it's no surprise that Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa wants the public's input on the direction of education reform in the city.

Villaraigosa took to Twitter late Monday afternoon to announce that he wants to hear from the masses about education. The link in his tweet goes to a question submissions page where Villaraigosa—who has long been involved with education reform efforts in the city—outlines his plans to introduce new LA Unified Superintendent John Deasy to San Fernando Valley residents on Monday, meet with parents on Tuesday, and speak to policymakers on Thursday about "changes that need to be made at the state level to help our local schools to succeed and thrive."

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Too Big to Fail

Mayoral control of schools in the nation's biggest districts.

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