Work permits, fear and legal help: How LA students could be affected by DACA’s end |Sep 5, 2017

In Los Angeles, schools have been installing support programs for undocumented students since before the election of President Donald Trump. Now, many are wondering how students could be affected by the

Vegan food now on the menu at 7 LAUSD high schools |Sep 5, 2017

Starting this week, students will have a new option at lunchtime: a meal without meat or dairy. One vegan meal choice will be on the menu every school day from now until Nov. 17 in a pilot program at seven Los Angeles Unified School District schools.

‘A pathological optimist,’ counseling award winner urges students to pursue college aid |Sep 4, 2017

At many urban schools in California, counselors would be delighted if 67 percent of recent graduates were headed to four-year colleges and 31 percent to community colleges. But for Lynda McGee, college counselor at the Downtown Magnets High School in Los Angeles, that rate was a bit of a drop from the year before, partly because of increased selectivity at UC and CSU.

Chased out of Arkansas as a child, Shirley Weber won’t back down in California Capitol |Sep 4, 2017

By Jessica Calefati CALmatters HOPE, ARK. >> When Shirley Weber and her siblings fled this place as children in 1951 on a midnight train bound for California, their destination seemed so distant and unfamiliar to the relatives who stayed behind that they called the state a foreign land.

National group sharply criticizes California’s plan for Every Student Succeeds Act |Sep 3, 2017

A national education nonprofit that is evaluating states’ plans for complying with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act praised California’s vision for a high-quality education for all students but mostly panned how it proposes to implement its goals in a report it issued Tuesday.

LA special needs students have a school just for them, with a ‘focus on their strengths’ |Sep 2, 2017

On a recent weekday morning, Ellis Crasnow showed off the “innovation lab” for high school students at the Valley Glen school of STEM³ Academy. It was impressively equipped, with flat-screen computers, 3-D printers, a tall red tool chest and big lab tables.

Strong support and opposition to proposed state STEM school |Sep 2, 2017

California Department of Education directly runs only three schools, two for deaf children and one for the blind. Under a bill before the Legislature, it would add a fourth — specializing in math and science and serving low-income, ethnically diverse middle and high-school students in Los Angeles County.

LA Unified pursuing path from ​conflict to district-charter collaboration in how it shares space |Sep 2, 2017

Grappling with long-standing tensions related to charter school expansion, Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Michelle King is implementing changes designed to help district-managed schools and charter schools share school buildings and best educational practices — measures designed to promote collaboration and reduce conflicts over access to classrooms.

School district employees mock-lynch black baby doll at Lake Arrowhead area office |Sep 1, 2017

Months after the Rim of the World Unified School District was embroiled in controversy over the Confederate flag, district employees mock-lynched a black baby doll on a public bulletin board, removing it only after a parent complained to district officials.

Parent, bus drivers outraged after black baby doll is mock-lynched at Rim of the World Unified transit office |Sep 1, 2017

Months after the Rim of the World Unified School District was embroiled in controversy over the Confederate flag, a district employee mock-lynched a black baby doll on a public bulletin board.

Prosecution freezes assets of fired Centinela superintendent facing embezzlement charges |Aug 31, 2017

About 10 days before prosecutors arrested former Centinela Valley Union High School Superintendent Jose Fernandez on embezzlement and public corruption charges, they obtained a temporary restraining order in court to freeze his assets, including his $1.

This 20-year-old has ‘broken barriers.’ But now, she needs a chance: Dennis McCarthy |Aug 31, 2017

“I think you just have to close your eyes and not look at her physically, but look at her mind, and what she’s already accomplished.” Dr. Debra Don - ear, nose, and throat specialist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Her mind is dean’s list-sharp and her future boundless if only we give Connie Morales a chance.

4 reasons why so few LAUSD graduates earn college degrees |Aug 30, 2017

While the Los Angeles Unified School District has been touting a steadily increasing high school graduation rate, a new study from UCLA shows that just a fraction of those graduates who continue on to higher education actually earn a college degree.

Former Centinela Valley Superintendent Jose Fernandez arrested on public corruption charges |Aug 30, 2017

Three years after Jose Fernandez was fired from his position at the helm of the Centinela Valley Union High School District after revelations of excessive compensation, the disgraced former superintendent was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges.

Legal clinic to help immigrant CSUN students opens for work |Aug 30, 2017

At CSUN Wednesday, on the steps of the Delmar T. Oviatt Library at the center of campus, the doors to the Student Legal Support Clinic formally opened with a ribbon cutting. The one-year pilot program will provide pro bono legal services to CSUN students and will be held two days a week in a handful of study rooms on the library’s second floor.

Ex-coach at LAUSD schools gets 105 years for lewd acts with 7 young girls |Aug 29, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> A former coach convicted of lewd acts with seven girls while he worked at after-school programs at elementary schools in Los Angeles and Hollywood was sentenced Tuesday to 105 years to life in state prison.

LAUSD board looks for ways to cut soaring health care costs |Aug 29, 2017

The new board of the Los Angeles Unified School District met Tuesday in a less formal, but still public, setting than the typically-packed boardroom they use in downtown Los Angeles. Instead, they gathered at youth sports organization LA84 Foundation and, around a table and complete with Powerpoint presentations and giant paper pads on easels, dug into the nitty-gritty of governance, starting with how to communicate.

With the future at stake, LA school leaders to meet on ‘vision and priorities’ |Aug 28, 2017

A special Los Angeles Unified School Board meeting Tuesday will focus on “vision and priorities” for the second-largest school district in the country. But getting everyone on the same page — with the same vision for the district’s future — could be another story.

Can computers enhance the work of teachers? The debate is on |Aug 27, 2017

WASHINGTON >> In middle school, Junior Alvarado often struggled with multiplication and earned poor grades in math, so when he started his freshman year at Washington Leadership Academy, a charter high school in the nation’s capital, he fretted that he would lag behind.

Spanish-speaking teachers getting special training to meet California’s demand |Aug 26, 2017

Native Spanish speakers who have been teaching in English-only classrooms are the focus of specialized training in many districts across California to meet the increased demand for bilingual teachers.

Dyslexia, once the reading disability that shall not be named, comes into its own in California |Aug 26, 2017

Jamie Bennetts created a spreadsheet of every child’s reading scores in the small Knightsen Elementary School District a few summers ago, identified the laggers and greeted them in the fall with state-adopted reading interventions.

Woodland Hills reopens totally revamped recreation center after years of construction |Aug 26, 2017

On Saturday, residents of Woodland Hills and surrounding neighborhoods stepped into the revamped Woodland Hills Recreation Center, with its air-conditioned gym and stage, sparkling new pool, three playgrounds, picnic areas and modern multi-purpose rooms.

LAUSD elementary school receives bomb threat |Aug 24, 2017

EAST LOS ANGELES — Authorities today investigated a bomb threat involving Ford Boulevard Elementary School in East Los Angeles, but found no explosives on campus. The investigation at the school in the 1000 block of South Ford Boulevard began about 6:50 a.

From lice to mental health, here’s what LAUSD parents need to know as school year begins |Aug 23, 2017

Summer is over and children are back in school, picking up all sorts of germs, eating junk food (after school!) and playing football. Nowadays, there are a host of concerns for parents on how to keep their kids safe.

Some LA high schools are adding vegan menus, but students say more needs to be done |Aug 22, 2017

For some Los Angeles public school students, vegan fare is on the way, as the district tests a new menu at a spattering of campuses across the L.A. Unified School District. But the leader of a student group that advocates for more healthful food options says the effort to go vegan isn’t going far enough.

Cal State LA awarded $16.6M grant to promote dental health |Aug 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Cal State Los Angeles was awarded a $16.6 million grant Monday from the California Department of Health Care Services to promote dental health among low-income children and young adults.

Drinking lead: Why California may force all schools to test their water |Aug 20, 2017

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time.

After Charlottesville, University of Virginia students worry about safety on campus |Aug 19, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia >> When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don’t forget that you are a minority.

UC Riverside scientists erase fear in mice, hope to help humans one day |Aug 18, 2017

Got a bad memory you’d like to get rid of? A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have developed a technique that might make that possible. Right now, you have to be a mouse to benefit from the process.

‘Buddy’ program for Valley kids, elderly gets new life after ‘heartwarming’ support: Dennis McCarthy |Aug 17, 2017

You never know how people are going to react to a column. Will they read a few paragraphs and turn the page or will they stay with you until the end? To all of you who stayed until the end of the column a few weeks ago on teacher Angela Bronson’s buddy program coming to a close after 21 years because she lost the $4,000 annual funding to rent a school bus once a month for her third-grade students to visit residents in the Jewish Home for the Aging — their buddies — she wants to thank you from the bottom of her heart.

‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda brings a message — and music — to LA students |Aug 17, 2017

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” visited Panorama City Thursday to drop a little knowledge about the arts on area high school students and to share a few thoughts on his creative process.

Lockdown of Van Nuys Middle School lifted after report of possible gunman |Aug 16, 2017

The lockdown of Van Nuys Middle School at 5435 Vesper Ave., has been lifted after a report of a possible gunman. The school had already dismissed students, but about 100 were still on campus along with 37 staffers as officers swept the grounds, according to Los Angeles school police.

500,000+ LAUSD students return to school today |Aug 15, 2017

LOS ANGELES — It’s back to school today for the nation’s second-largest school district, as doors open at Los Angeles Unified campuses and its more than half a million students return to class.

LAUSD: new school year, new programs, new goals |Aug 15, 2017

They’re back. Los Angeles Unified School District students returned from summer break to a district that on Tuesday literally rolled out the red carpet for them. At Arleta High School, students walked the red carpet to the tune of banda and pop music and performances by the school’s band, as Principal Casey Browne and other staff greeted them with high-fives and cheers.

It’s the first day of school in LA. Here’s how parents, students and teachers are celebrating |Aug 15, 2017

Students were welcomed back into school with red carpets, selfies and long-awaited reunions with their friends. See how LAUSD is spending their first day of school. •

At least 40 students stung by swarm of bees at Palmdale High School |Aug 15, 2017

PALMDALE >> Dozens of students were hospitalized after being stung by “aggravated” bees Tuesday at Palmdale High School, authorities said. Paramedics were dispatched to the campus in the 2100 block of East Avenue R in Palmdale around 12:10 p.

A swarm of bees stung students in Palmdale and Twitter found a way to make light of it |Aug 15, 2017

Dozens of students at Palmdale High School were stung by a swarm of bees that had built a nest in a classroom.

LA cops get students’ attention for back-to-school safety tips – and a little shopping |Aug 14, 2017

The new year starts Tuesday at most Los Angeles Unified School District campuses, and to make sure students are prepared, police officers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division took 25 students shopping for supplies while also offering traffic safety tips.

This drone video gives a first look at completed USC Village before grand opening |Aug 14, 2017

The newly finished USC Village officially welcomes students on Thursday, but a video posted Monday by the university offers an early drone’s-eye view of the project. The $700 million mixed-use development sits on 15 acres and features several five-story residence halls, which will house up to 2,700 students each year, university officials said.

As LA students head back to school, LAUSD has message for immigrants: ‘We stand together’ |Aug 14, 2017

The Los Angeles Unified School District is making visible what it’s so far said in words: that immigrant students and their families are welcome at Los Angeles schools. When students start the new school year today, they’ll walk through entrances decked with 6-foot-tall banners featuring the Statue of Liberty, long the symbol of new opportunity for immigrants.

Backpacks stuffed with school supplies given to Pacoima area youths |Aug 13, 2017

Tamela Nelson of Lake View Terrace did not take it for granted Saturday when her two young children received free backpacks stuffed with school supplies. “As a single mother it offsets the costs of things I’d have to provide for them,” Nelson, 40, said outside the Boys & Girls Club of San Fernando Valley in Pacoima while her children Kayla and Jacob happily looked inside their book bags.

More California school districts footing the bill for college entrance exams |Aug 13, 2017

An increasing number of school districts and charter school organizations in California are offering either the SAT or ACT, the other college readiness test, for free to all high school juniors. Newly published research concluded that one benefit — a statistically significant increase in four-year college enrollment — shows the effort is a smart investment.

From ‘Meatless Mondays’ to taquitos, here’s what LA students will be eating this year |Aug 13, 2017

Early Friday morning, Javier Gutierrez and Judith Leano supervised as 57 boxes of taquitos, frozen hamburgers and other food were unloaded from a refrigerated truck and transferred to the kitchen at Alfred Bernhard Nobel Middle School in Northridge.

After 6 months on job, Education Secretary DeVos still highly divisive |Aug 12, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It’s a stark reminder of the bruising process that spurred angry protests, some ridicule and required the vice president’s tie-breaking “yes” vote.

San Fernando High music teacher’s legacy of ‘greatness’ honored with mural, building |Aug 10, 2017

San Fernando High School students and teachers won’t forget Richard Gigger Jr., the late musician and a longtime teacher at the school, thanks to the dedication of the school’s music building in his name and the new mural that now adorns it.

UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope |Aug 9, 2017

A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have found a mechanism for blocking the spread of ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women. Recent University of Notre Dame transplants Mark Alber and Oleg Kim, along with a team of researchers, published a study in Oncology Times in July that detailed how they used a monoclonal antibody named GC-4 to block a protein responsible for allowing ovarian cancer cells to latch onto and penetrate other cells.

Ex-LAUSD food services boss charged with embezzling public funds |Aug 8, 2017

The former director of food services for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been charged with misappropriation of public funds and embezzlement for allegedly diverting $65,000 in district money to a culinary club he controlled, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Studio City leaders vote against Harvard-Westlake parking structure, bridge project |Aug 8, 2017

The proposal for a private school in Studio City to build a three-story parking garage and athletic field across from its campus on Coldwater Canyon Avenue continues to move along as both proponents and neighbors opposing the project dig into their positions.

LAUSD chief Michelle King has a plan to improve LA schools. Here are her goals |Aug 8, 2017

One week before Los Angeles Unified schools start the new year, Superintendent Michelle King delivered her second annual “State of the District” address, listing gains in bilingual education and suspension reduction and outlining plans for expanded language programs, teacher training and arts and science programs.

California state universities add dorm rooms as strategy to raise graduation rates, provide affordable housing |Aug 6, 2017

Finishing touches were still being put to Cal State Channel Island’s new 600-bed dormitory named Santa Rosa Village when Jazzminn Morecraft moved in last fall. Early morning construction noise was worth enduring, she said, because of the social and academic benefits of living on the Ventura County campus, situated in a former state mental hospital surrounded by farmland and hillsides.