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At Cal State, student homelessness has been hidden until now

At Cal State, student homelessness has been hidden until now

Racing from her last class of the day at Cal State Long Beach, Shellv Candler had about an hour to get to Wilmington. Her mother was trying to save her a bed at the Doors of Hope Women’s Shelter, but curfew was 6:45 sharp.  The college student’s commute by bus and train was stressful. But she and...

  • Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

    Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

    The Santa Clara judge who has faced widespread criticism and a recall effort after sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault has voluntarily moved to civil court. The Santa Clara Superior Court released a statement Thursday saying Judge Aaron Persky will...

  • Insurer pays $13.5 million to resolve federal claims over defunct Marinello beauty school

    Insurer pays $13.5 million to resolve federal claims over defunct Marinello beauty school

    An insurer for the shuttered Marinello Schools of Beauty has agreed to pay $13.5 million to settle allegations that the cosmetology school ripped off the federal student loan program, the U.S. attorney’s office said Wednesday. The federal government had alleged B&H Education of Beverly Hills, the...

  • Lawsuit alleging excessive force by LAPD at black USC student party settled for $450,000

    Lawsuit alleging excessive force by LAPD at black USC student party settled for $450,000

    The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday approved a $450,000 settlement of a lawsuit by USC students who alleged that LAPD officers in riot gear used excessive force and falsely arrested attendees at a predominantly black off-campus student party. The six students who sued over the raid during...

  • L.A. Unified finds money to expand health benefits despite budget worries

    L.A. Unified finds money to expand health benefits despite budget worries

    Los Angeles school officials constantly warn of a looming financial crisis, but they’ve taken on a new expense as if there were money to spare: health benefits for about 4,200 more part-time workers.  The Board of Education last week voted to extend the benefits to teacher assistants, playground...

  • California and local education officials laud progress on still-lagging test scores

    California and local education officials laud progress on still-lagging test scores

    State and local education officials gathered at Eagle Rock Elementary School on Wednesday to celebrate upward progress in newly released student test scores, even as the overall results showed less than half of students meeting learning goals. The scores were notably lower in Los Angeles Unified — although...

  • California students scored better on this year's state tests — but fewer than half met college readiness goals

    California students scored better on this year's state tests — but fewer than half met college readiness goals

    If the state’s revamped standardized tests are accurately measuring what they set out to measure, one thing is clear: California has miles to go before all of its students are on an equal footing to face an economy that increasingly demands a college degree and stronger workplace skills. The good...

  • State standardized test scores are out: What do they mean?

    State standardized test scores are out: What do they mean?

    California’s statewide standardized test results came out Wednesday. Here is some background to help you make sense of the scores. What tests are these? The tests are known officially as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. Some school administrators like to call it “CAASPP.”...

  • Wrongheaded decision on transgender students cries out for correction

    Wrongheaded decision on transgender students cries out for correction

    In a wrongheaded ruling that purports to apply to the entire country, a federal judge in Texas has blocked an Obama administration directive requiring schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor is...

  • Now that the Vergara case is over, let's reform teacher tenure laws

    Now that the Vergara case is over, let's reform teacher tenure laws

    The state Supreme Court made the right call this week when it left in place a lower court's ruling that the teacher tenure system at California public schools does not violate students’ constitutional rights. But even though they’re not unconstitutional, the tenure laws are still problematic, and...

  • California's students beat the national average on the ACT, but huge gaps remain

    California's students beat the national average on the ACT, but huge gaps remain

    California’s graduating class of 2016 outperformed peers on the ACT college-entrance test nationally across all four subject areas, according to a report released by the test company Wednesday. Nationwide, students had an average overall score of 20.8 out of 36 on the test of English, math, reading...

  • How a casino tycoon is trying to combat an exploding pro-Palestinian movement on campuses

    How a casino tycoon is trying to combat an exploding pro-Palestinian movement on campuses

    Robert Gardner rarely heard anything about Israel growing up in South Los Angeles. But at UCLA, he started learning about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — and seeing parallels with conflicts close to home. The African American senior likened Israeli crackdowns on Palestinian protesters to police...

  • USC faces federal lawsuit over 'excessive' retirement plan fees

    USC faces federal lawsuit over 'excessive' retirement plan fees

    A lawsuit filed this week against USC claims that university officials failed to prevent more than 28,000 employees from overpaying for third-party retirement investment and administrative services, “resulting in millions of dollars in excessive recordkeeping fees each year.” The federal class...

  • Students traumatized by loss and violence get a fighting chance to learn

    Students traumatized by loss and violence get a fighting chance to learn

    The teacher asked her fourth-graders to sit in a circle and rate their feelings from one to 10. Christopher Bland clenched his fists. He ripped a piece of paper to shreds. As his classmates spoke, he rocked back and forth. Tonia Rowe-Russell made a mental note: Keep an eye on this one, usually so smiley,...

  • Exide cleanup: Parts of three L.A.-area schools are fenced off due to lead contamination

    Exide cleanup: Parts of three L.A.-area schools are fenced off due to lead contamination

    Children at three elementary schools near the closed Exide Technologies battery recycling plant returned to classes this week to find parts of their campuses fenced off to protect them from lead-contaminated soil. Crews installed temporary fencing at Fishburn Avenue Elementary in Maywood, Lorena...

  • L.A. Unified targets well-known charter school for possible revocation

    L.A. Unified targets well-known charter school for possible revocation

    The well-regarded El Camino Real Charter High School faces a possible shutdown following an investigation by the Los Angeles Unified School District. Issues cited by the school system in a letter to the school this week include possible inappropriate spending, poor accounting and oversight, and...

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