CSU, professors reach tentative deal to extend contract |Sep 26, 2017

Labor peace between Cal State University administrators and professors is likely to continue into 2020, thanks to a tentative contract extension. CSU administrators and the California Faculty Association announced the agreement Tuesday.

Cal State Dominguez Hills president to retire next summer |Sep 26, 2017

Cal State Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan will retire at the end of the school year after a five-year stint at the helm of the Carson campus, the university announced Tuesday. A search for his successor will begin in the next few months, officials said.

Cal State Dominguez Hills applauds science, facility and college prep grants |Sep 25, 2017

Biology students at Cal State Dominguez Hills will soon be able to do their own DNA sequencing, seeing the molecular structures of plants, bacteria and other living things more closely than ever before.

CSU faculty rebels against changes in remedial and math education, calls for delay |Sep 24, 2017

California State University faculty is rebelling against recently announced changes in remedial education and math requirements at the 23-campus system and wants delays of at least a year. So far the university’s administration shows no indication of slowing down.

First year of community college could soon be free in California |Sep 24, 2017

New community college students in California may soon see a surprising number on their tuition balance: $0. Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who proposed Assembly Bill 19, thinks it will prompt as many as 19,000 students who might not have seen college as a possibility to pursue higher education.

The California missions school project is becoming a thing of the past. Here’s why |Sep 24, 2017

For decades, fourth-grade students in California have had one project that has taken over dining room tables, required piles of popsicle sticks and kept parents and kids up at night completing it: building a model of one of the 18th- and 19th-century Spanish missions in the state.

California college students continue to borrow less than those in 47 other states |Sep 23, 2017

Many graduates of California’s colleges may be anxious about paying off student loans but a new study shows that they actually finish school with some of the lowest average debt in the nation.

Celebrate with classmates at South Bay/Harbor Area high school class reunions |Sep 23, 2017

• Carson High School: Carson High School winter and summer classes of 1967 and 1968, alumni and staff will have a 50-year reunion Oct. 21 at the Carson Community Center. For more information, call 661-259-5999 or visit reunioncommittee.

Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault rescinded California public colleges' policies unchanged for now |Sep 22, 2017

Colleges nationwide no longer have to follow Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault, the U.S. Department of Education announced on Friday — a move some opponents said could have a chilling effect on victims coming forward.

How San Pedro schools came through for Texas hurricane victims |Sep 17, 2017

Boxes and boxes of donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas pulled out of San Pedro on Sunday, the efforts of a weeklong drive among schools in the Harbor Area. The amount of donations, said Lora Caudill, principal of Leland Elementary School in San Pedro, was overwhelming.

LAUSD to try out sex ed classes for fourth-graders |Sep 17, 2017

The Los Angeles Unified School District will test new sex education lessons this year for children as young as 9 years old. “Puberty: The Wonder Years,” a course authored by renowned health educator and nurse Wendy Sellers, is among the lessons that will be offered to fourth-grade students, as well as those in fifth and sixth grades at a handful of schools.

Saved by the peace and quiet at a growing number of California schools |Sep 16, 2017

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.

How this deteriorating cottage was transformed into Redondo Union’s charming new alumni house |Sep 15, 2017

If you never took much notice of an aging cottage that has been sitting vacant for decades on the Redondo Union High School campus, you will now. With a fresh coat of deep red paint, full renovations inside and out, and the commitment of volunteers and donors, the small house and one-time janitorial space across from the school auditorium has been

Palos Verdes Peninsula teachers hold back on grades, recommendation letters over salary tussle |Sep 15, 2017

Teachers across the Palos Verdes Peninsula are holding back grades and refusing to write letters of recommendation for students until the local faculty association reaches a salary agreement with district leaders.

Students named semifinalists for national scholarship |Sep 15, 2017

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.

My Turn: Matriarch of San Pedro was a true Renaissance woman |Sep 12, 2017

My San Pedro neighborhood has lost the glue that held it together with the death of our matriarch. Retired from half a century of teaching — most of it at Dana Junior High School — everyone in town knew her.

Loyola Marymount ranked third among regional universities in U.S. News rankings |Sep 12, 2017

Loyola Marymount University in Westchester ranks third among best regional universities in the West, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of American colleges and universities.

Wilmington’s free book festival mixes fun and education |Sep 11, 2017

The seventh annual Fall Into Literacy Book Festival is expected to attract more than 3,000 participants to Banning Residence Museum in Wilmington from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. This year’s theme, Viva Los Libros, combines the cultural importance of Fiestas Patrias — a celebration of independence for Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua — and also promotes literacy, education and basic-need resources for residents and guests.

Judge rules Palos Verdes Peninsula school board violated open meetings law |Sep 11, 2017

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Palos Verdes Peninsula school board twice violated California’s open meetings law in 2016 as it was putting an end to an agreement to install solar panels in district schools.

Faced with fierce opposition, focus of state-run STEM school shifts |Sep 10, 2017

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.

Mediator called in to tackle stalled teacher contract talks in Palos Verdes Peninsula |Sep 10, 2017

After more than six months of negotiations, officials and faculty in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District have called off normal contract negotiations and instead will rely on a mediator to broker a deal.

Torrance High School celebrates, remembers its first 100 years |Sep 9, 2017

Torrance High School’s celebration of its 100th anniversary began in earnest on Saturday. The event, Celebrating the Centennial (1917-2017), brought former students, faculty and community members together to tour the campus to reminisce and catch up with old friends.

Watch these Manhattan Beach kids make radio contact with an astronaut in space |Sep 8, 2017

Hundreds of students gathered in the Manhattan Beach Middle School gymnasium Friday morning for a rare chance to watch a group of kids speak with an astronaut on the International Space Station over amateur radio.

San Pedro schools launch weeklong donation drive for hurricane victims |Sep 8, 2017

Principals, teachers, staff and parents at San Pedro public schools have joined forces with a Texas school in a donation drive for the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Working with the Harmony School of Exploration in Houston, the 12 local schools will collect items from Monday through Friday.

DeVos planning to scrap Obama rules on campus sexual assault |Sep 7, 2017

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.

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

‘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.

How these Manhattan Beach schoolchildren will talk to an astronaut in space |Sep 4, 2017

Like the slogan spelled out above her desk at Meadows Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, when it comes to science experiments, teacher Joanne Michael shoots for the stars. In April 2016, she received clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration to have her students

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.

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.

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.

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.

Retired San Pedro teacher gathers former students to reminisce |Aug 27, 2017

Lessons get harder and distractions multiply in the fifth grade when youngsters prepare to move into middle school. But Justin Ezzi treasured the 26 years he spent teaching that grade at Park Western Place Elementary and Gifted Magnet School in San Pedro.

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.

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.

Redondo Beach school board extends terms by more than a year |Aug 23, 2017

Redondo Beach school board members have extended their terms of office so they can move elections to years that see greater voter turnout. After little discussion, the five-member Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to lengthen their terms by one year and two months and to move elections from March of odd-numbered years to June of even-numbered years starting in 2020.

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.

Burned teen files suit against former PV Peninsula teacher, school district |Aug 21, 2017

The family of a Palos Verdes High School sophomore who suffered severe burns from flaming hand sanitizer at a school event filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the school district and a former teacher not only are to blame for the incident, but also tried to cover up what occurred.

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.

What’s new this year at South Bay schools? |Aug 19, 2017

Fall hasn’t arrived, but more than 6 million children — thousands among them in the South Bay and Harbor Area — have already returned or are about to head back to more than 10,000 schools across California.

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.

Backpacks, books and more donated to Lennox students as school year kicks off |Aug 18, 2017

Hundreds of Lennox School District students snagged backpacks and school supplies in a Friday giveaway at the district’s office. Notebooks, crayons, dictionaries, pencils, erasers and other essentials were stacked up on tables for students ready to begin the school year next week.