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  • Education

    More California school districts footing the bill for college entrance exams

    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. In 2016-17, 22 districts offered the SAT for free, compared with only four districts two years earlier, according to...

    By John Fensterwald EdSource|

  • Politics

    After 6 months on job, Education Secretary DeVos still highly divisive

    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. Six months on the job, DeVos is no less divisive. Critics see her as hostile to public education and indifferent to...

    By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press|

  • Ovarian cancer

    UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope

    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. That’s how the...

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  • Education

    El Camino College sets welcome day for new students on Aug. 23

    Campus tours, workshops, enrollment assistance available to new ECC students! El Camino College is encouraging incoming students to attend “New Student Welcome Day” on Aug. 23 for an introduction to the campus, resources and student life. The free event will begin with a 7:30 a.m. check-in at Marsee Auditorium, and will include tours of the campus, introductions to ECC programs and resources, and a chance to purchase textbooks at the college...

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  • Education

    LAUSD chief Michelle King has a plan to improve LA schools. Here are her goals

    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. “We are reaching new heights, and we will accelerate our pace towards 100 percent graduation,” King told LAUSD board members and hundreds of...

    Antonie Boessenkool
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  • School infrastructure

    Construction setbacks delay Wiseburn High School opening to October

    When they head back to school later this month, students at the three Da Vinci charter high schools will have to wait a few extra weeks to move into their new, state-of-the-art Wiseburn High School in El Segundo thanks to construction delays. The Wiseburn Unified School District — which serves students in west Hawthorne, Del Aire and Wiseburn — hoped to open the South Bay’s

    Megan Barnes
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  • Philanthropy

    El Segundo teen ‘amazed’ after police crowdfund to replace her stolen college money

    For four years, Kristin Villanueva patiently set aside cash she earned tutoring kids after school, placing it in a pouch she kept in a secret hiding spot in her bedroom. The El Segundo High School valedictorian resisted touching the stash, knowing she would need the money for college. Two weeks ago, before taking a two-day trip with her parents for freshman orientation at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she was accepted to study materials engineering, the 17-year-old opened the...

    Megan Barnes
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  • Higher education

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

    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. Whether joining a study group in her dorm, taking a quick walk to the library, attending a...

    Larry Gordon
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  • Immigration

    Some young immigrants are considering seeking their American dreams elsewhere

    The United States was an inspirational place for Karla Estrada Sanchez’s parents, but she is starting to wonder whether the American dream could be turning into a nightmare for herself and other young immigrants. “My parents have always told (us) opportunities are anywhere. They brought us to this country because it was supposedly the land of opportunity,” said Estrada, 26, of Los Angeles. “But if we find opportunity in another place, our country is wherever...

    Alejandra Molina
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  • Childhood immunizations

    Record high vaccination rates of 7th-graders reported in 1st year of stricter requirements

    Vaccination rates for California 7th-graders reached their highest recorded levels, the California Department of Public Health reported, in another sign that a stricter vaccination law is having an effect in its first year. The increase in 7th-grade immunizations follows previously released record-high levels of kindergarten vaccination rates. The new results end a year of speculation and angst in school districts about what parents opposed to vaccinations might do in the face of the...

    By Jane Meredith Adams EdSource|

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