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 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.

The real Prospector Pete — the man who posed for the beleaguered CSULB statue — tells his story |Sep 22, 2017

Prospector Pete doesn’t care about the cartoonish mascot version of him. In fact, he says, “I’m 100 percent in favor of getting rid of him. But not the statue. The university has to keep the statue.

Obama-era rules on campus sexual assault rescinded California public colleges' policies unchanged for now |Sep 22, 2017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

Cerritos high school lesson on slavery — in which students’ hands are bound — discontinued after outrage |Sep 21, 2017

One parent’s pleas and outrage have prompted administrators at a Cerritos high school to discontinue a classroom activity that simulated the slave system in colonial America by binding students’ hands together, lying them down in a dark room and showing them a clip of the film “Roots.

FBI investigating threats against Jewish students, Latino student group at CSULB |Sep 21, 2017

Cal State Long Beach officials have contacted the FBI following threats made against members of La Raza Student Association, as well as Jewish students. Campus police are also investigating the threats, which were made over the Internet and in the form of antagonizing fliers posted around the school’s Multicultural Center.

Steel construction begins for new Main Library in downtown Long Beach |Sep 19, 2017

The city of Long Beach celebrated the start of steel construction for the new 92,500-square-feet Main Library at the Civic Center on Tuesday. The ceremony included signing of the steel beams to be used in building the new library.

Will Prospector Pete be out as CSULB mascot? Leaders to discuss |Sep 18, 2017

All right, we’re not going to talk about Robt. E. Lee statuary anymore. We’ll leave the land of kudzu and cicadas and the sweet smell of magnolia blossoms and head on home where Cal State Long Beach students, faculty and alumni are bickering once again over the school’s mascot, Pete the Prospector.

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.

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.

CSULB commits $200K to assist students with DACA renewals |Sep 15, 2017

Cal State Long Beach administrators announced Friday the university has set aside $200,000 to help offset costs for students completing DACA renewals between now and Oct. 5. Carmen Taylor, vice president of student affairs, said in a letter sent to students on Friday that university officials are doing everything possible to provide support to those affected by the president’s recent decision to

CSULB powers up campus solar panel installation |Sep 15, 2017

Cal State Long Beach on Friday debuted a new 11,040-panel solar installation expected to supply power for approximately one-third of the campus’ peak electricity demand. In addition to providing solar power, the new system adds 44 electric vehicle chargers to campus where there previously were only four.

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.

Long Beach City College takes $8.8 million from reserves to fund budget |Sep 13, 2017

Long Beach Community College District trustees unanimously approved a

Long Beach, other Cal State schools stand their ground among regionals in U.S. News rankings |Sep 12, 2017

Cal State Long Beach rates as the ninth-best public institution among similar universities in the western United States, according to the latest edition of U.S. News and World Report’s annual higher-education rankings.

Long Beach City College’s budget woes not as bad as first feared |Sep 11, 2017

Long Beach City College’s budget challenges are not as bad as expected a few months ago, but they will still need to dip into the savings to pay the schooll’s bills. Members of Long Beach Community College District’s Board of Trustees are scheduled to vote Tuesday night on a spending plan for its 2017-18 fiscal year.

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.

Meet CSULB’s newest officer: a yellow labrador named Avery |Sep 8, 2017

Avery, a bouncy yellow labrador with a nose trained for sniffing out dangerous devices, is the first ever canine to work alongside the human officers of Cal State Long Beach’s campus police department.

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.

Long Beach woman who got her DACA renewal on Tuesday: ‘What do I do?’ |Sep 5, 2017

Alicia Morales, 26, was still replaying the words of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday morning — that DACA “is being rescinded” — as she walked to her mailbox to find bittersweet news.

‘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.

Parent, volunteer to be sworn in to Bellflower Unified school board |Sep 4, 2017

Hannah Flanagan-Flores, a parent and long-time volunteer with Bellflower Unified District, will be sworn as a member of the Board of Education on Thursday during a special meeting, district officials announced.

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.

These streets near CSULB now require permit parking (that means no students) |Sep 3, 2017

A handful of streets in the Whaley Park neighborhood near Cal State Long Beach have been added to a permit parking district that bars non-residents — and students — from parking on the streets for more than an hour during the weekdays.

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.

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.

Long Beach middle school students using 3D technology to design homes, businesses |Aug 31, 2017

A computer applications class is turning middle schoolers into 3-D modeling interior designers, and teachers into home renovation customers, at Washington Middle School in Long Beach. “We call them clients,” jokes James Laub, the technology teacher at the school.

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.

Browning High will offer Long Beach students a path to leisure and hospitality, but will there be jobs? |Aug 29, 2017

Richard D. Browning High School’s classroom doors are scheduled to open for the first time Wednesday to the roughly 150 students making up its inaugural freshman class. The campus sits where Obispo Avenue meets Hill Street in Long Beach, a short walk across either roadway into Signal Hill’s territory.

Here’s when every school in Long Beach will get air conditioning (it may be a while) |Aug 28, 2017

It’s the first week of school in Long Beach, so, yes, it’s expected to be miserably hot. Expected not only by your weatherman, who’s forecasting highs in the 90s all week, but by everyone who goes to school or has a child in school.

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.

The ‘Cadillac’ of school buses is now extinct: Long Beach district has no routes for the first time ever |Aug 26, 2017

Nothing, perhaps, symbolizes the experience of K-12 education as thoroughly as the yellow school bus. It says it all: Use it as an emoji and the world knows what you’re saying, even — or perhaps especially — your grandma who’s still in the early stages of grappling with her smartphone.

At CSULB convocation, Conoley challenges campus to ‘listen’ and affirm ‘American values’ |Aug 25, 2017

Cal State Long Beach’s annual convocation is typically an occasion for campus leaders to commemorate the beginning of a new school year and to celebrate academic achievements, but recent violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia haunted this year’s ceremony.

Advocates for students claim partial victory in dispute over LBUSD spending |Aug 24, 2017

Attorneys and student advocates declared a partial victory Thursday in their dispute with Long Beach Unified School District over its spending of more than $40 million they contend should have been dedicated for programs tailored for the district’s neediest students.

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.

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.

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.

Long Beach among growing number of school districts offering free college entrance exams |Aug 12, 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.