• Immigration policy

    ‘It is frightening to see your future dangling from a string,’ say DACA recipients at El Rancho High School

    PICO RIVERA >> El Rancho High School students won’t let the White House repeal protections for young undocumented immigrants without a fight. Instead, they’re speaking up. Students from the school’s Teen Court, MEChA and Social Justice Club banded together to organize a rally Monday in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that grants work permits and delays deportation for nearly 800,000 young immigrants in the...

    Hayley Munguia

  • Education

    Saved by the peace and quiet at a growing number of California schools

    Hoping to create calmer, more peaceful atmospheres on campus, schools around the state are turning off their bell systems and letting students figure out when class starts the old-fashioned way: by looking at a clock. “The only places that have bells any more are prisons and schools,” said Chris Calderwood, assistant principal at Rancho Mirage High School near Palm Springs. “The bottom line is, every kid has a cell phone in their pocket. They know what time it is.

    By Carolyn Jones EdSource|

  • Education

    Students named semifinalists for national scholarship

    Thousands of high school seniors from across Southern California were named semifinalists this week for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which in its 63rd year will dole out $32 million to 7,500 students in the spring. About 16,000 students nationwide were named semifinalists. Of those, 15,000 are expected to advance to the final round, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation said in a statement. The semifinalists were chosen based on their scores on the 2016...

    Chris Haire

  • Education

    Caltech highest-ranking university in Southern California, rankings say

    University of California schools dominate the rankings of best public universities in the nation, with UCLA now tied in first with UC Berkeley in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. UC Santa Barbara was ranked eighth, while UC Irvine and UC San Diego tied for ninth along with the University of Florida, and UC Davis came in at 12. Overall, California Institute of Technology was the highest-ranking university in Southern California at 10th, with USC, Cal and...

    Roxana Kopetman

  • Legal settlements

    24 Montebello Unified teachers may be out of job at the end of September

    Two dozen formerly full-time teachers in the Montebello Unified School District are working without a long-term contract, either as substitutes or in their own classrooms. They have no idea when — or if — their permanent status might be restored. Their saga began when Montebello Unified — acting on warnings from Los Angeles County that the district was heading toward financial collapse —

    Hayley Munguia

  • Medical schools

    Founding dean of Pasadena’s Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine is Harvard Med veteran

    PASADENA >> Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine, scheduled to open fall of 2019, has selected Dr. Mark A. Schuster, a health policy expert and professor of pediatrics, as the school’s founding dean and CEO, the board of directors announced Tuesday. Schuster has served as the William Berenberg Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and chief of general pediatrics and vice chair for health policy in the Department of Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital,...

    By City News Service|

  • Health

    Most effective tool for anti-vaccine crusaders: A note from the doctor

    Dr. Tara Zandvliet was inundated with calls and emails from parents last year, after California passed a law nixing personal beliefs as an exemption from school vaccinations. Suddenly, many parents sought exemptions for medical reasons. Someone even faked two medical exemption forms purportedly written by the San Diego pediatrician, copying a legitimate document she’d provided for a patient and writing in the names of students she’d never treated, she said. She learned of...

    By Ana B. Ibarra and Barbara Feder Ostrov California Healthline|

  • Education

    Faced with fierce opposition, focus of state-run STEM school shifts

    The drive to set up a state-run school with a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum has made it past another legislative hurdle, though the proposed school continues to face significant resistance. Last Friday, the Senate Appropriations Committee endorsed a revised version of Assembly Bill 1217, adding some amendments intended to mollify union and school district critics but including others that could intensify the opposition. Among the former: requirements...

    By John Fesnterwald EdSource|

  • Benefits for illegal immigrants

    DACA aftermath: East Los Angeles College’s student body president is a dreamer in many senses of the word

    MONTEREY PARK >> For East Los Angeles College student body President Oscar Cruz, leadership and storytelling are inextricably tied. So to inspire hope in a crowd of 200 students with concerns about immigration and the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Cruz told his own story about how becoming a DACA recipient allowed him to attend college. “After my dad was deported, I had to work four jobs to support my family of five,” Cruz, 21,...

    Christopher Yee

  • Education policy

    DeVos planning to scrap Obama rules on campus sexual assault

    ARLINGTON, Va. >> Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday declared that “the era of ‘rule by letter’ is over” as she announced plans to change the way colleges and university handle allegations of sexual violence on campus. She said Obama administration rules established in 2011 to guide schools as they investigate and resolve complaints of assault have failed to protect students and done a “disservice to everyone...

    By COLLIN BINKLEY and LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press|

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