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California Middle Class Scholarship grants are still available

In a surprising and somewhat embarrassing situation, administrators of California's new Middle Class Scholarship program last month awarded only about half the $107 million available. But on Wednesday, officials announced that they were extending application deadlines so more eligible...

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  • UCLA's legal fees in fatal lab fire case neared $4.5 million
    UCLA's legal fees in fatal lab fire case neared $4.5 million

    After UCLA chemistry professor Patrick Harran walked out of court in June, his lawyers issued a news release hailing the "first-of-its-kind" deal that all but freed him from criminal liability in a 2008 lab fire that killed a staff researcher.

  • L.A. school board OKs plan to resolve Jefferson High problems
    L.A. school board OKs plan to resolve Jefferson High problems

    The Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday approved a $1.1-million plan to provide a longer school day, additional classes and tutoring to Jefferson High students who lost instructional time as a result of widespread scheduling problems this semester.

  • L.A. Unified seeks to reassure Jefferson High parents
    L.A. Unified seeks to reassure Jefferson High parents

    Los Angeles school officials tried to reassure concerned parents Monday that they have resolved most scheduling problems at Jefferson High School and also will make up for class time students have lost.

  • Tracking system glitches affected special needs students, report says

    Problems with the Los Angeles Unified School District's new student tracking system led to widespread difficulties in identifying special needs students and placing them in the right programs, according to a court-appointed monitor's report released Monday.

  • LAUSD's student information system becomes a technological disaster
    LAUSD's student information system becomes a technological disaster

    With a few taps on a computer keyboard, a student's entire school history from kindergarten to high school graduation was supposed to show up on the screen. That perfect score on a third-grade spelling test, that trip to the principal's office for talking too much in class, that day...

  • L.A. County education officials seek to revoke group's charter

    The Los Angeles County Board of Education has notified a South Los Angeles charter school organization that it intends to revoke its charter after a state audit found that administrators funneled millions in state funds to the schools' founder and former director, her relatives and...

  • Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark '64 free speech protests
    Graying activists return to Berkeley to mark '64 free speech protests

    Fifty years ago, Jack Weinberg was the first to be arrested in an unprecedented student protest over free speech restrictions on the UC Berkeley campus. Thousands of demonstrators surrounded the police car in which Weinberg was detained for 32 hours. Subsequent protests went on for months.

  • L.A. Unified alerted to possible sexual misconduct by Berndt in 1983
    L.A. Unified alerted to possible sexual misconduct by Berndt in 1983

    In 1983, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal received a call about one of his teachers, a 32-year-old just a few years on the job. On a student field trip to a museum, Mark Berndt had dropped his pants, a parent complained.

  • Crenshaw principal says teachers' dismissals not tied to union activity
    Crenshaw principal says teachers' dismissals not tied to union activity

    The principal of Crenshaw High School testified in a hearing Thursday that 12 former teachers who allege they were targeted and removed because of their union activism were let go from the campus for a variety of other reasons, including subpar instruction.

  • O.C. teacher opposed to cat dissections sues school district
    O.C. teacher opposed to cat dissections sues school district

    A former English teacher at Newport Harbor High School is suing Newport-Mesa Unified, alleging that district administrators retaliated against her after she publicly questioned the need for students to dissect cat carcasses.

  • Regents OK raises up to 20% for UC chancellors
    Regents OK raises up to 20% for UC chancellors

    The UC regents Thursday awarded pay increases of as much as 20% to the leaders of the Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Merced and Riverside campuses and set the annual salary of the new UC Irvine chancellor, Howard Gillman, at $485,000.

  • UC proposes systemwide plan to fight sexual misconduct
    UC proposes systemwide plan to fight sexual misconduct

    In a sweeping effort to combat sexual misconduct on campus, University of California officials unveiled a systemwide plan Wednesday, calling for mandatory training for all students, staff and faculty, improved support for victims and more thorough investigations.

  • L.A. schools police will return grenade launchers but keep rifles, armored vehicle
    L.A. schools police will return grenade launchers but keep rifles, armored vehicle

    Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the...

  • 73,000 state university students awarded Middle Class Scholarship funds
    73,000 state university students awarded Middle Class Scholarship funds

    Despite concerns that California's new Middle Class Scholarship program awards would have to be reduced because of high demand, officials said Monday that there was plenty of money to fully fund all the eligible applicants.

  • USC unveiling plans for $650-million housing, retail complex
    USC unveiling plans for $650-million housing, retail complex

    USC on Monday is to unveil the final and somewhat altered design of the biggest construction project in the university's history: a $650-million housing and retail complex just north of the main campus.

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