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Miramonte Elementary teacher accused of inappropriately touching students

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Kwan family gives $500,000 in support of Southern California University of Health Sciences

WHITTIER >> A physician and his wife donated $500,000 to Southern California University of Health Sciences in Whittier to fund a scholarship that will provide assistance to deserving students entering the university’s College of Ea...

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  • Education

    Is California’s big investment in needy students paying off? Few signs yet that achievement gap is closing

    California’s new system for funding public education has pumped tens of billions of extra dollars into struggling schools, but there’s little evidence yet that the investment is helping the most disadvantaged students. A CALmatters analysis of the biggest districts with the greatest clusters of needy children found limited success with the policy’s goal: to close the achievement gap between these students and their more-privileged peers. Instead, test scores in...

    By Jessica Calefati CALmatters|

  • Bills

    Advocates of 3-year teacher tenure face big decision

    Assemblywoman Shirley Weber and co-sponsoring teacher organizations got a win earlier this month when the Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation to lengthen the probationary period for teachers. The wording of the bill, however, tempered their enthusiasm. A powerful legislative committee watered down the language before sending it to the full Assembly. Weber, D-San Diego, and the two foundation-backed teacher organizations behind the bills, Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence,...

    By John Fensterwald EdSource|

  • Safe Schools

    How schools in Alhambra do instant security checks on visitors

    Alhambra >> Visit the campus of Garfield Elementary School, and the first thing you’ll be asked to do is hand over your driver’s license. You’ll get it back a minute or so later and, if all goes well, you’ll also get a sticker ID badge that includes the photo off your license and your name. In the time it takes to produce the badge, a new computerized system at most Alhambra Unified schools will cross-reference your name in sex offender databases...

    Beau Yarbrough
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  • Education

    No high school diploma? You’ve got options!

    If you’re done with high school, or about to be, and were unable to graduate, don’t give up. You can still get a high school diploma whether you dropped out or did not have enough course credits. Or you can pursue your education goals at a community college without one. It will take dedication and a commitment on your part. How much time it will take will depend on how much work you have to make up — and how much energy you are willing to put it into it to make it...

    By Susan Frey EdSource|

  • Spelling bees

    Father’s Day: These spelling bee helpers love being D-A-D-S

    Torrance dad David Lau has at least two things in common with Happy Randhawa out in Corona and Yusheng Chen in Chino Hills. All three are devoted to their children’s education. And, boy, can their kids spell. Their commitment has helped their children excel in school and taken the dads on trips — sometimes more than once — to the nation’s capital as their kids battle it out against the country’s top spellers. But it’s the time spent...

    Stephen Wall
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  • Parenting

    Parents, remember to thank your school principals

    Dear Mr. Carroll, if you receive more ties this Father’s Day, you won’t have to sacrifice them in the name of education come Catholic Schools Week. Students loved paying for the privilege of cutting your tie, and we parents admired your courage in letting gleeful 5-year-olds come at you with scissors. Everyone loved chasing you down the field with water balloons, or getting their hair ruffled by you, exchanging fist bumps or being teased about one thing or another...

    By Anissa Rivera|

  • School infrastructure

    East Whittier City School District breaks ground on Measure R and Z bond projects

    WHITTIER >> Mayor Joe Vinatieri joined along East Whittier City School District board members, officials, students and representatives from Congresswoman Linda Sanchez’s office, Assemblymember Ian Calderon’s office and Sen. Tony Mendoza’s office at La Colima Elementary School on Friday to kick off the construction of a handful of improvement projects in the district. Some of the projects are set to be completed by the end of the summer with funds from...

    Hayley Munguia
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  • Graduation ceremonies

    Here’s what astronaut Mae Jemison told Caltech’s 2017 graduates

    Astronaut and icon Mae Jemison urged Caltech’s 123rd graduating class on Friday to live their lives fully and to stay inspired to make the world a better place. Though it can be easy sometimes as bills pile up, or deadlines loom, to forget where you started and why you worked so hard, Jemison told the graduates to simply “look up” whenever they need to reconnect with the universe. “Look up at the sky, the clouds, beyond the sun, the moon, the stars,...

    Jason Henry
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  • Education

    Montebello Unified supports its LGBTQ students with resolution, policies

    MONTEBELLO >> Hector Cabrales and Enrique Lopez, both Montebello Unified School District students, said they were bullied in middle school for being gay. While the bullying lessened somewhat in high school, both agreed they now felt more supported than ever after the Montebello Unified School District declared June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Pride Month. “What they did really hits...

    Sandra T. Molina
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  • Teacher pay

    El Rancho Unified teachers confront school board about stalled negotiations over pay raises

    PICO RIVERA >> Angry teachers and parents upset about the status of the teachers union’s contract negotiations packed a meeting room and a hallway outside the El Rancho Unified School District’s professional development center, where the district was holding its board meeting Tuesday. Teachers in the district have not received a response about negotiations since the union first submitted its proposal for pay raises in December. Union officials have not released the...

    Hayley Munguia
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