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Long Beach among growing number of school districts offering free college entrance exams

By John Fensterwald EdSource|

UC Riverside scientists erase fear in mice, hope to help humans one day

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. But Jun-Hyeong Cho, a pr...

By Mark Muckenfuss|


  • 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|

  • Educational technology

    New Matter donates 3D printers to the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

    Students at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey are getting hands-on experience with 3D printers with help from New Matter. The Pasadena-based company just donated five of its MOD-t 3D printers to the facility’s Challenger Learning Center as part of the initial phase of a recently announced Challenger Center-New Matter...

    Kevin Smith

  • School infrastructure

    Despite construction delays, Browning High School in Long Beach expected to open on time

    Richard D. Browning High School will open in time for the beginning of the upcoming school year, despite Long Beach Unified School District leaders’ decision to find a new contractor to finish the project. “It will be ready for the first freshmen class to come in and enjoy the wishes of the community, to the desire and aspiration of the community to build a themed high school,” Alan Reising executive director of facilities for the district, said about three months...

    Andrew Edwards

  • 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

  • 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|

  • Education

    North Park staff returning following shooting because ‘you don’t leave your family in the middle of a crisis’

    SAN BERNARDINO >> There was never any question about whether North Park Elementary School Principal Yadira Downing would return to campus this year, four months after a teacher and student were killed in a classroom shooting. “We’re strong,” said Downing, less than a week before the start of San Bernardino City...

    Beau Yarbrough

  • Shootings

    San Bernardino school shooting hit first responders harder than other incidents

    SAN BERNARDINO >> “Walking in the building, you could still smell the gunpowder,” said San Bernardino police Officer Robert Snyder. He and dozens of first responders had raced to North Park Elementary School that sunny spring day where they found a horrifying scene inside Classroom B1. A teacher’s estranged husband had shot her and two children before killing himself. Synder had seen other tragedies during his police career, but this one deeply...

    Doug Saunders

  • Education

    Site of San Bernardino school shooting gets facelift as students return to campus

    SAN BERNARDINO >> Four months after a teacher’s estranged husband shot her, two students and himself at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School, the campus has been redesigned to ease bad memories. When the school year begins Monday, staff and students will be returning...

    Beau Yarbrough

  • Higher education

    Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty mourn Midge the Llama

    LOS ANGELES >> Students and faculty at Cal Poly Pomona Thursday expressed an outpouring of grief and sadness at the death of one of the most popular figures on campus — Midge the Llama. The Department of Animal & Veterinary Sciences bought Midge from a private owner in 2014 and she died in her sleep last month at age 20, the university said. “With snaggly teeth, bulgy eyes and fur often matted with leaves, Midge quickly became a popular figure on...

    City News Service|

  • Student testing

    Cal State University to drop math, English placement tests

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University’s 23 campuses are eliminating math and English placement exams for incoming freshman as part of broader changes aimed at increasing graduation rates. Chancellor Timothy P. White announced the changes in an executive order issued late Wednesday to all campus presidents. The exams are used to assess student readiness. Some 25,000 incoming CSU students are typically placed in remedial courses that don’t count...


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