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LAUSD sets goal of ‘biliteracy for all’ by graduation

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California colleges transform remedial courses to raise graduation rates

Before Aida Tseggai could major in biology at Cal State Dominguez Hills, she had to catch up in math. She passed a non-credit remedial math class in the fall and then was offered a new pathway – a for-credit course in college-level algebr...

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  • Theft

    CSUN cart thieves captured on surveillance video

    Eight carts — a mix of electric and gas — were stolen and taken for joyrides this week at Cal State Northridge, authorities said. The incidents occurred between 2 p.m. Monday and 9:45 a.m. Tuesday at the campus, located at 18111 Nordhoff St., in Northridge, according to the university’s police department. Specific locations for the thefts were the Physical Plant Management parking lot, Redwood Hall, the B5 parking structure, Delmar T. Oviatt Library and...

    Wes Woods
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  • Police

    Is LAPD’s cadet program in jeopardy after 7 cadets were arrested?

    How could it happen? It’s a question that’s been on the minds of everyone from elected officials to former cadets to the Los Angeles police chief. The questions began after a group of teenagers in the Los Angeles Police Department’s prized Cadet Leadership Program were arrested for allegedly stealing three police cruisers, a bullet-proof vest, police radios and posing as officers. Now the program, designed to help young people build character, has come...

    Ryan Carter
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  • Education

    LAUSD layoffs proposed as part of $7.5 billion budget

    Los Angeles Unified School District board members approved a $7.5 billion budget on Tuesday, bringing with it cuts, layoffs, looming uncertainty and concerns over declining enrollment. The board passed the budget with a vote of 5 in favor, including the board’s President Steve Zimmer. Board member Richard Vladovic was the sole vote against, and board member George McKenna abstained. As part of passing a budget for the coming fiscal year, the members approved layoffs for...

    Antonie Boessenkool
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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|

  • Education

    For some LA students, need for lunch doesn’t get summer break

    In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the majority of students — about 430,000 — are eligible for free and reduced-cost meals, aimed at assisting low-income families. But the food doesn’t stop with the school year. On Monday, the district kicked off its summer food service program, giving free meals and snacks to children at about 300 schools and, through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, about 100 city sites. The program, for...

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  • Education

    Tiny college in Colton offers bachelor’s degree in three years for only $12,160

    COLTON >> There are small colleges and then there’s Oak Valley College. The college, which opened at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, has just nine students. The small number of students is all part of a plan. “We’d like to grow things to about 25 students per class,” said Eric Blum, president of Oak Valley College. “It doesn’t have to cost hundreds of millions to run a...

    Beau Yarbrough
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  • Education

    Here are the reading and math achievement gaps in 15 Southern California districts

    California’s new funding formula sends more money to districts with foster youth kids learning English and students from low-income families. But significant gaps remain between their academic achievements and others across the state. These are the 15 largest districts with the greatest clusters of needy children. Having trouble reading this on a mobile device?

    Paul Penzella
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  • Education

    Struggling California school districts still lack basic tools for student success

    Researchers studying California’s new school funding system wish they could track the huge sums of money the state has sent to struggling students, and analyze what districts spent it on. They can’t because the financial data needed to do so isn’t available. Given that limitation, they’ve tried to figure out whether the 4-year-old Local Control Funding Formula helped expand needy students’ access to key courses and services known to boost...

    By Jessica Calefati CALmatters|

  • Education

    In a city of charters, the LA school district runs many of them

    Los Angeles school board race that attracted millions of dollars from well-heeled donors has shone a spotlight on the nation’s largest collection of charter schools. With a new charter-backed majority on the board, there’s lots of speculation about whether the district will accelerate the growth of charters in the years to come. But while charters are often referred to as a monolithic group – public schools that are typically free of most district rules...

    By Mikhail Zinshteyn Ed Source|

  • 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|

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