L.A. school board won't vote to approve superintendent's strategic plan

After months of review, haggling and soul searching, Los Angeles Board of Education members this week avoided voting on a strategic plan developed by Supt. Michelle King. She’ll go ahead with it anyway. The plan’s centerpiece is a target of 100% graduation, which has never been achieved by a large school...

  • How a mind-controlled robotic arm paved the way for Caltech's new neuroscience institute

    How a mind-controlled robotic arm paved the way for Caltech's new neuroscience institute

    Sometimes the biggest gifts arrive in the most surprising ways. A couple in Singapore, Tianqiao Chen and Chrissy Luo, were watching the news and saw a Caltech scientist help a quadriplegic use his thoughts to control a robotic arm so that — for the first time in more than 10 years — he could sip...

  • American teens' math scores fall on an international test

    American teens' math scores fall on an international test

    Does America have a high school math problem? U.S. teens still are performing mid-pack relative to their peers around the world on a set of international tests, according to a new report. On the latest Programme for International Student Assessment, or PISA, tests, administered in 2015, U.S. scores...

  • The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act would damage free speech rights on campus

    The Anti-Semitism Awareness Act would damage free speech rights on campus

    Since Donald Trump’s election, a wave of hate attacks have targeted Jews, Muslims and other vulnerable groups. What’s the government doing about it? Nothing. But the U.S. Senate did pass a bill last week called the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act, which cracks down on the constitutional rights of college...

  • Why it's important to talk about successful black and Latino boys

    Why it's important to talk about successful black and Latino boys

    While Chukwuagoziem Uzoegwu was growing up, his mother often would throw what he and his brothers called “educational tantrums.” On those weekends or on random days in the long stretch of summer vacation, the Uzoegwu boys would be barred from TV “from sun up to sunset,” he said.  “Leisure time...

  • Slain USC professor Bosco Tjan recalled for his generosity, empathy, humor and love

    Slain USC professor Bosco Tjan recalled for his generosity, empathy, humor and love

    With hands clasped and heads bowed, hundreds of USC students, faculty, staff and university leaders gathered at a memorial Monday for Bosco Tjan, a beloved neuroscience professor who was stabbed to death by a student on Friday, the last day of classes. “Tragically, Bosco died doing what he loved,...

  • USC PhD student accused of fatally stabbing professor on campus

    USC PhD student accused of fatally stabbing professor on campus

    A USC psychology professor was stabbed to death inside a campus building Friday by a 28-year-old student who was taken into custody, Los Angeles police said. Bosco Tjan, a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center who joined the faculty in 2001, was identified as the victim by USC...

  • First Times photographer at San Bernardino mass shooting recalls a mad dash with police

    First Times photographer at San Bernardino mass shooting recalls a mad dash with police

    Because Times photographer Gina Ferazzi likes golf, she captured an important moment during last year’s terrorist attack in San Bernardino. The site of the bloodshed, the Inland Regional Center, is across the street from San Bernardino Golf Club, where Ferazzi has played, and which she thought...

  • Do we really want commercial billboards on public school campuses?

    Do we really want commercial billboards on public school campuses?

    Hollywood High is short on Advanced Placement textbooks and state-of-the-art equipment for its New Media Academy magnet. Suddenly, a billboard company comes along offering … free money! Just let us put an electronic billboard — or two or three — on your well-located campus, the company says. It...

  • UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students

    UC won't assist federal agents in immigration actions against students

    The University of California announced sweeping actions Wednesday to protect its students who came into the country illegally, saying it would refuse to assist federal immigration agents, turn over confidential records without court orders or supply information for any national registry based on...

  • California faces a looming teacher shortage, and the problem is getting worse

    California faces a looming teacher shortage, and the problem is getting worse

    Tamara Moore thought of herself as a career teacher, but she could see burnout in her future. In her first year, she was putting in 60 hours a week but was troubled by how her school focused more on raising test scores than on working with her to meet the needs of students. “I felt like I — as...

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