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LA charter school board agrees to election do-over

By Brenda Gazzar|

Submarine that found Titanic, Vietnam ‘Huey’ chopper join exhibits at Reagan Library

SIMI VALLEY >> The aircraft and submarine rolled by truck into the morning fog Wednesday at the Reagan Library, bearing witness to profound tragedies. In one, a U.S. Army helicopter was shot down during a medical rescue mission in Vietnam,...

By Dana Bartholomew|


  • Graduation ceremonies

    Crespi Carmelite celebrates Graduation 2017 in brown gowns and yellow cords

    Crespi Carmelite’s graduating class of 2017 looked #debonair Friday when they walked at graduation in brown gowns. If you’re reading this on a mobile device, use this link for the full story.

  • Education

    How ‘Hamilton’ curriculum is bringing US history to life for students

    In the final scene of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton,” the cast takes center stage, gazes into the audience and sings in an emotional crescendo, “Who lives, who dies, who tells the story?” The lights dim, the crowd erupts, and the 2,000 high school kids in the audience know exactly who will tell the story: It’s them. Thanks to a curriculum project backed by the “Hamilton” creators, thousands of students at high schools in...

    By Carolyn Jones EdSource|

  • Higher education

    Cal State University trustees to discuss budget, graduation initiative

    Cal State University trustees will discuss in meetings this week the implications of Gov. Jerry Brown’s updated budget proposal, in which they didn’t get everything they wanted. CSU’s Board of Trustees next meeting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach. CSU leaders will also discuss the progress of their graduation initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of students who earn degrees within four years of...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Alternative and sustainable energy

    There’s power in your poop and UC Riverside researchers want to find ways to use it

    Poop isn’t typically green, but it can help in turning the planet that way. This, of course, is no secret to composters, but poop might not be the first you think of when it comes to filling the tank of your car. Then again, you’re filling up with gas, and the two are inextricably linked. However, you are probably not using renewable gas. That term may sound like an oxymoron — how do you renew something you’ve burned? — but it refers to...

    Mark Muckenfuss

  • Education

    ‘Jeopardy!’ journey wraps up for Calabasas teacher Nan Cohen

    Calabasas teacher Nan Cohen was far ahead when she made a big, but calculated, bet on the penultimate episode of this year’s “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament. The English teacher at Viewpoint High School thought she surely would be able to get the correct question for an answer in the category of “Women Authors.” The prompt: “A 1936 New York Times review called the debut novel by this author ‘in all probability, the biggest book of the...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Graduation ceremonies

    Graduations begin at CSUN, where spring degrees set a school record

    NORTHRIDGE >> Their mortarboards suggested years of sacrifice, late nights in the campus library and bright futures based on new degrees from Cal State Northridge. More than 1,200 business and economics majors celebrated their triumph Friday morning during the first of seven 2017 commencement ceremonies on the Northridge campus. Administrators celebrated the 11,400 CSUN students to earn degrees this spring — a campus record. “CSUN graduates touch every sector,...

    Dana Bartholomew

  • Proms

    Special education students get their own ‘Buddy Prom’

    Special education students at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills got their own exclusive dance on Thursday. They celebrated the end of the school year at the annual “Buddy Prom” with DJ music, snapshots in a photo booth and friends. The Buddy Prom is the culminating event for the Nice Buddies Association, a student group that brings together general education students and special education students to create an inclusive environment for students with...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Education

    LA charter school weighs election do-over after questions over fairness raised

    WOODLAND HILLS >> El Camino Real Charter High School’s governing board might cancel and restage its recent elections after concerns arose this week that the format may have given the board chairman an advantage over other candidates. The election results for the seats of two teacher representatives and a parent representative were set to be announced at Wednesday evening’s meeting, but after an El Camino Real parent and a teacher publicly urged board members to redo...

    Brenda Gazzar

  • Local Elections

    Election Results: LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer loses to Nick Melvoin

    LOS ANGELES >> The president of the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education conceded defeat Tuesday night in his re-election bid as he fell far behind a challenger backed by well-heeled supporters of charter school expansion in the nation’s second-largest school district. Despite topping a four-candidate field in the March primary, Steve Zimmer couldn’t repeat that success Tuesday, with early returns showing voters heavily supporting his...

    City News Service|

  • Education

    Election 2017: With loss, outgoing LAUSD Board President Zimmer sees a ‘tectonic shift’

    Big changes are coming for the second-largest school district in the nation, said its outgoing school board president, a day after his crushing defeat in an election that could have a huge effect on charter schools in the region. Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer conceded defeat to challenger Nick Melvoin on Tuesday night after a blistering and pricey campaign for Zimmer’s seat, which represents an area of the district from Brentwood on the Westside to Woodland...

    Antonie Boessenkool

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