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  • Washington must address legal help for minors in immigration court.

    Washington must address legal help for minors in immigration court.

    Talk about a rigged system. If you’re a child — an unaccompanied minor, who arrived at the border from Central America —  seeking permission to live in the U.S., you have a 75% chance of winning your case if you have a lawyer. If you do not have a lawyer, and you’re forced to navigate the byzantine...

  • Car crashes into South L.A. bus stop; 1 person killed, others badly injured

    Car crashes into South L.A. bus stop; 1 person killed, others badly injured

    A hit-and-run driver caused an accident Monday evening that left one person dead and two others critically injured at a bus stop in South Los Angeles, L.A. police said. The chain-reaction incident occurred near 449 W. 54th Street, in the Vermont Square neighborhood, according to Erik Scott, a spokesman...

  • Brush fire contained in La Cañada Flintridge

    Brush fire contained in La Cañada Flintridge

    Fire crews responded Monday night to a brush fire in La Cañada Flintridge that was surrounded before it could cause major damage. The call came in about 9 p.m. when flames, covering about a half-acre, were spotted behind a YMCA, said Inspector Joey Marron of the Los Angeles County Fire Department....

  • Fire breaks out in Santa Cruz Mountains; homes threatened

    A fire that started Monday afternoon in the Santa Cruz Mountains is spreading rapidly and has claimed at least one structure, while threatening hundreds of others, authorities and local media reported. The Loma fire began at about 3 p.m., near Loma Prieta Road and Loma Chiquita Road, about 10 miles...

  • Is Cal class on Palestine an exercise in academia or politics?

    Is Cal class on Palestine an exercise in academia or politics?

    To the editor: The UC Berkeley student-led class on Palestine, presented “through the lens of settler colonialism,” to me shows why universities have become a joke. When I was in college, classes were taught by professors, presumably experts in their field. We felt cheated if a teaching assistant...

  • Do something about that early school start time, please

    Do something about that early school start time, please

    Ah, complaints about the clock. Heard that before? The Times published an opinion piece this week entitled “Why school should start later in the day,” which noted that even though medical guides “recommend shifting middle- and high-school start times to 8:30 a.m. or later … in California, the average...

  • Mushrooms from community garden sicken Silver Lake schoolchildren

    Mushrooms from community garden sicken Silver Lake schoolchildren

    An incident that resulted in elementary school students being sickened this week after eating mushrooms appears to have been an accident or mishap — and not an intentional act to harm them, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Unified School District said Friday.  A small group of students became...

  • Health officials confirm Riverside County child has leprosy

    Health officials confirm Riverside County child has leprosy

    Health officials in Riverside County confirmed Friday that an elementary schoolchild has Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy. The child appears to have contracted the rare disease from “someone that had been diagnosed with Hansen’s disease who had prolonged, close contact with the child,” said Barbara...

  • Wait, the school year starts when?

    Wait, the school year starts when?

    To the editor: Once again the LAUSD Board has made what I believe to be an irrational decision based on misinformed input from a small group of parents. ( “Schools will start closer to Labor Day,” Sept 21) This is Los Angeles: it’s hot in August, it’s hot in September, it’s hot in June. Starting...

  • A scene of homeless misery greets patrons trying to use Santa Ana's award-winning library

    A scene of homeless misery greets patrons trying to use Santa Ana's award-winning library

    Haley Flores grew up poring over history books at the Santa Ana Public Library while her little brothers built up their vocabulary there and read tales about alien attacks and outer space. But a visit to the downtown library has become, on many days, a walk through a gantlet of misery: Homeless...

  • UC campuses scramble to make room for thousands more new California students

    UC campuses scramble to make room for thousands more new California students

    On move-in day at UCLA, freshman Ashley Sanchez pulled two bins filled with blankets, toiletries, cleaning supplies, snacks, notebooks and her favorite stuffed whale to her new dorm and opened the door. Three beds, three desks and three wardrobes were squeezed into a room that used to house two...

  • Court refuses to mandate use of test scores in teacher evaluations

    Court refuses to mandate use of test scores in teacher evaluations

    A judge in Northern California dealt a blow this week to a controversial campaign to make teachers more accountable for their students’ level of achievement, the second key setback in recent months for those behind the effort. The ruling by Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Barry Goode went...

  • Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson hit with pie during scuffle at high school fundraising dinner

    Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson hit with pie during scuffle at high school fundraising dinner

    Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was hit with a pie Wednesday night while attending a fundraising dinner at a high school, authorities said. The assailant was taken into police custody at the event, held at Sacramento Charter High School, which Johnson’s nonprofit St. Hope Public Schools began operating...

  • A car crash at USC left a student dead and a campus officer charged with manslaughter

    A car crash at USC left a student dead and a campus officer charged with manslaughter

    Ambition brought Kelsey Dresser to the University of Southern California, where the aspiring therapist from Carlsbad enrolled in graduate school. But the 23-year-old student’s goal to become a mental health counselor was cut short last December, when she turned her red convertible into the university’s...

  • L.A. Board of Education votes to move school start closer to Labor Day

    L.A. Board of Education votes to move school start closer to Labor Day

    The nation’s second-largest school system on Tuesday moved away from its brief experiment with an earlier school start, edging back closer to the traditional day-after-Labor Day schedule. Starting next year, school will start a week later than it did this year. In 2018, classes will begin later...

  • L.A. Unified paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes — during their high school day

    L.A. Unified paves the way for 15,000 students to take community college classes — during their high school day

    It  will be easier from now on for L.A. students to take community college classes for free — while sitting in their high school classrooms. The Los Angeles Unified School District board approved an agreement Tuesday with the Los Angeles Community College District that will let high schools enter...

  • Cal State wants to double its graduation rate by 2025

    Cal State wants to double its graduation rate by 2025

    California State University leaders have set some big goals for the next decade: to double the percentage of students who graduate in four years and improve graduation at an even higher rate for minorities and low-income students.  By 2025, the university system wants 40% of freshmen to graduate in...

  • College students take to Wikipedia to rewrite the wrongs of Internet science

    College students take to Wikipedia to rewrite the wrongs of Internet science

    The time had come to choose a major at Caltech, and Alice Michel had a notion that intrigued her. But when she looked it up on Wikipedia, what she got was a whole lot of gobbledygook. It was, she learned, an “interdisciplinary field of scientific research.” It had something to do with “the biosphere,...

  • CSU officials want to spend $75 million to improve graduation rates

    CSU officials want to spend $75 million to improve graduation rates

    California State University officials plan to ask the system’s board of trustees to consider spending about $75 million next year as part of a plan to drastically improve graduation rates by 2025. The trustees will discuss the plan and how campuses can improve graduation rates during meetings Tuesday...

  • School stadiums are a Texas-sized rivalry

    School stadiums are a Texas-sized rivalry

    To the editor: Are you kidding — $60-million high school football stadiums are being built in Texas while so many public school children across this country are receiving substandard educations? ( “School stadiums are a Texas-size rivalry,” Sept. 17) The students quoted as saying that they take...

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