• L.A. school board races draw millions in outside spending

    L.A. school board races draw millions in outside spending

    Based on outside campaign spending, the school board is where the action is in the March 7 Los Angeles city election. This is true even though there are 11 city contests, including races for mayor, city controller, city attorney and eight City Council seats — and just three seats up for grabs on...

  • Grants go to charters and a traditional school to help teachers stay on the job

    Grants go to charters and a traditional school to help teachers stay on the job

    Julia Guy worried that remaining a teacher might be difficult once she started a family, and staying fit already posed a challenge — so she eagerly filled out a survey seeking suggestions on how to keep teachers in the profession. Her employer, Bright Star Schools, reviewed the results, crafted...

  • What time should school start? No earlier than 8:30 a.m., lawmaker proposes

    What time should school start? No earlier than 8:30 a.m., lawmaker proposes

    Local teens may catch a few more Zs during the school week under a bill that state Sen. Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) introduced this week. Senate Bill 328 would require middle and high schools across California to start the school day no earlier than 8:30 a.m. In his bill introduction,...

  • 'A Day Without Immigrants' protests: L.A. Unified urges students not to take part

    'A Day Without Immigrants' protests: L.A. Unified urges students not to take part

    L.A. Unified is urging students not to join in any walkouts or demonstrations planned for Thursday as part of a national “Day Without Immigrants” being marked across the country. The nation’s second-largest school district contacted parents and employees via voicemail on Wednesday evening with...

  • Orange Coast College suspends student who recorded professor's anti-Trump comments

    Orange Coast College suspends student who recorded professor's anti-Trump comments

    The Orange Coast College student who secretly video-recorded a professor’s classroom comments calling President Trump’s election victory “an act of terrorism” is being suspended for violating campus policy. In a Feb. 9 letter, interim dean of students Victoria Lugo informed Caleb O’Neil of the...

  • USC closes in on $6-billion fundraising goal ahead of schedule

    USC closes in on $6-billion fundraising goal ahead of schedule

    USC is about to reach its $6-billion fundraising goal more than 17 months ahead of schedule and will be extending the campaign five more years, university President C.L. Max Nikias announced Wednesday during his annual address to the faculty. The momentum has helped USC grow much faster than expected,...

  • Woman pleads guilty to helping smuggle ammo, gun parts to Philippines

    A Long Beach woman has pleaded guilty to helping smuggle gun parts and thousands of rounds of ammunition to the Philippines. The Long Beach Press-Telegram  says 61-year-old Marlou Mendoza entered the plea Monday and could face up to 15 years in federal prison. Her son, Mark, remains a fugitive....

  • County health officials investigate death of Santa Monica High student amid norovirus concerns

    County health officials investigate death of Santa Monica High student amid norovirus concerns

    The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating the death of an 18-year-old Santa Monica High School student. Kelly Cano, a senior, died Saturday. She is the second student that the high school has lost this school year. Sophomore Vanai Jelks, 15, died in October. The Los Angeles...

  • One-fifth of L.A. public high school students said they'd been bullied last year

    One-fifth of L.A. public high school students said they'd been bullied last year

    Add fighting bullying to the long list of priorities for which the nation’s second-largest school system has good intentions but sluggish follow-through. One in 5 Los Angeles high school students and 1 in 4 elementary students said they had been bullied last school year, according to a survey conducted...

  • How these high school reporters are covering Boyle Heights' most pressing topics

    How these high school reporters are covering Boyle Heights' most pressing topics

    Diego Flores went door to door.  But nobody, it seemed, wanted to speak to a journalist.  “Maybe I can leave my number for your manager and he can call me?” he asked one shopkeeper.  “What if I set up an appointment and return?” he asked another. This was the first time the 16-year-old was out on...

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