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California colleges transform remedial courses to raise graduation rates

Before Aida Tseggai could major in biology at Cal State Dominguez Hills, she had to catch up in math. She passed a non-credit remedial math class in the fall and then was offered a new pathway – a for-credit course in college-level algebr...

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  • Graduation ceremonies

    Downey fire academy graduate fulfills his mother’s dying wish

    Susan Safina’s hands trembled as she pinned a badge on her son’s lapel. Seconds later, he leaned in for a hug and a tear trickled down her face. Christian Safina, 26, was one of six recruits graduating from the Downey fire academy on Friday and, thanks to a little help from the Fire Department and Torrance Memorial Medical Center staff, his terminally ill mother was there to witness one of his proudest achievements. “This is a Kodak moment,” she said,...

    Courtney Tompkins
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  • Green vehicle technology

    Bellflower Unified wants battery electric school buses

    A recently awarded grant may help Bellflower Unified School District administrators add battery electric vehicles to their school bus fleet. Bellflower Unified officials plan to spend a $536,000 grant from the South Coast Air Quality Management District on a pair of battery electric buses and a charging station, according to a statement from the school district. The South Coast AQMD’s governing board approved plans to provide...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Graduation ceremonies

    Lynwood High School celebrates its class of 2017 at graduation

    Lynwood High School hosted its graduation ceremony on campus on June 14. Students shared photos, and the school district even compiled of a video of the event. If you’re reading this on a mobile device, use this link for the full story.

    Angela Ratzlaff
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  • Education

    LAUSD layoffs proposed as part of $7.5 billion budget

    Los Angeles Unified School District board members approved a $7.5 billion budget on Tuesday, bringing with it cuts, layoffs, looming uncertainty and concerns over declining enrollment. The board passed the budget with a vote of 5 in favor, including the board’s President Steve Zimmer. Board member Richard Vladovic was the sole vote against, and board member George McKenna abstained. As part of passing a budget for the coming fiscal year, the members approved layoffs for...

    By Antonie Boessenkool aboessenkool@scng.com @antoniewrites on Twitter|

  • Dining

    Summer camp youth get a slice of restaurant life at Belmont Shore pizzeria

    Summer campers got a behind-the-scenes look at the restaurant business at Rance’s Chicago Pizzeria in Long Beach’s Belmont Shore. The youth are participants in “Operation Jump Start,” an annual event sponsored by the Long Beach Community Action Team that seeks to expose the disadvantaged to a brighter world. The students toured the kitchen, learned about ingredients and how pizza is made, and learned about entrepreneurship, from owner Rance...

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  • Education

    Is California’s big investment in needy students paying off? Few signs yet that achievement gap is closing

    California’s new system for funding public education has pumped tens of billions of extra dollars into struggling schools, but there’s little evidence yet that the investment is helping the most disadvantaged students. A CALmatters analysis of the biggest districts with the greatest clusters of needy children found limited success with the policy’s goal: to close the achievement gap between these students and their more-privileged peers. Instead, test scores in...

    By Jessica Calefati CALmatters|

  • Education

    For some LA students, need for lunch doesn’t get summer break

    In the Los Angeles Unified School District, the majority of students — about 430,000 — are eligible for free and reduced-cost meals, aimed at assisting low-income families. But the food doesn’t stop with the school year. On Monday, the district kicked off its summer food service program, giving free meals and snacks to children at about 300 schools and, through the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, about 100 city sites. The program, for...

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  • Education

    Here are the reading and math achievement gaps in 15 Southern California districts

    California’s new funding formula sends more money to districts with foster youth kids learning English and students from low-income families. But significant gaps remain between their academic achievements and others across the state. These are the 15 largest districts with the greatest clusters of needy children. Having trouble reading this on a mobile device?

    Paul Penzella
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  • Education

    Struggling California school districts still lack basic tools for student success

    Researchers studying California’s new school funding system wish they could track the huge sums of money the state has sent to struggling students, and analyze what districts spent it on. They can’t because the financial data needed to do so isn’t available. Given that limitation, they’ve tried to figure out whether the 4-year-old Local Control Funding Formula helped expand needy students’ access to key courses and services known to boost...

    By Jessica Calefati CALmatters|

  • Bills

    Advocates of 3-year teacher tenure face big decision

    Assemblywoman Shirley Weber and co-sponsoring teacher organizations got a win earlier this month when the Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation to lengthen the probationary period for teachers. The wording of the bill, however, tempered their enthusiasm. A powerful legislative committee watered down the language before sending it to the full Assembly. Weber, D-San Diego, and the two foundation-backed teacher organizations behind the bills, Teach Plus and Educators for Excellence,...

    By John Fensterwald EdSource|

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