Advertisement
1297 posts
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

We previously reported that the public release of California's standardized test scores from last school year had been delayed indefinitely.

Schools and parents got scores back this summer. At issue are the overall results for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress.

The results were first scheduled to be released on Aug. 29, but the California Department of Education said that it needed to fix a glitch first. About 25,000 special education students' scores had wound up included in the wrong districts. 

Advertisement
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • University of California
  • LAUSD
  • Charter Schools
The University of Virginia voted to remove plaques honoring alumni who fought for the Confederacy. Above, white nationalist groups march through the campus on Aug. 11.
The University of Virginia voted to remove plaques honoring alumni who fought for the Confederacy. Above, white nationalist groups march through the campus on Aug. 11. (Mykal McEldowney / Indianapolis Star)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. Some of Ref Rodriguez's friends and foes are confused by the school board president's involvement in what investigators call a campaign money-laundering scheme.
  2. A local law school is helping "Dreamers" apply to renew their DACA status before the Oct. 5 deadline set by the Trump administration.

In California:

  1. UC Berkeley administrators say the organizers of a controversial far-right festival missed the deadline for reserving two major event spaces on campus.
  2. California's legislature didn't pass a bill that would have made middle schools and high schools start a little later in the morning. 

Nationwide:

  1. A lawsuit says Philadelphia's public school district relegated some female lacrosse and hockey players to what came to be known as the "Negro League."
  2. The University of Virginia board voted to remove plaques that honor alumni who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.
Advertisement
  • Higher Education
  • University of California
(Jeremy Papasso / Associated Press)

UC Berkeley officials said Saturday that organizers of a far-right speakers’ series scheduled for later this month have missed the deadline to reserve two of the largest indoor venues on campus for the event, but that they will continue to work with organizers on planning for the festival.

“The university cannot defend spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide security arrangements for events” based on the press releases of organizers, Dan Mogulof, assistant vice chancellor of the university’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs, said in a statement.

  • K-12
  • LAUSD
  • Charter Schools
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

When news broke that Los Angeles school board President Ref Rodriguez was caught up in a criminal case over his campaign contributions, friends and foes alike were baffled.

Rodriguez, who won his school board seat in 2015, legally could have poured as much of his own money as he liked into his upstart campaign. So why would he, as prosecutors claim, have arranged for others to donate and then use his funds to illegally pay them back?

(Los Angeles Times)

A teacher at the elite Brentwood School was charged Friday with repeatedly having unlawful sex with a 16-year-old male student this summer, prosecutors said.

Aimee Palmitessa, 45, who worked for nine years at the private school, was arrested Aug. 18 after the teen reported the alleged assaults to authorities, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said. She was released on bail hours afterward.

Advertisement
  • Higher Education
  • University of California
(Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

A state pharmacy inspector made a surprising discovery last year while conducting a routine records review at a Westside facility that compounded drugs for patients at UCLA medical centers.

More than 1,000 IV bags of sterile medications for heart patients and others with serious health issues had been made with expired and potentially dangerous ingredients, according to state Board of Pharmacy records.

  • Betsy DeVos
  • Higher Education
  • K-12
  • University of California
  • LAUSD
  • Charter Schools
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

  1. L.A. Unified school board members and charter school advocates said they got no warning about Ref Rodriguez's legal troubles before the news broke Wednesday.
  2. L.A. Unified agreed to pour $151 million into 50 schools in a settlement over whether the district appropriately spends money earmarked for English learners, students from low-income families and students in the foster-care system.

In California:

  1. Some UC Berkeley professors are calling for a shutdown of classes and activities when conservative speakers visit campus during "Free Speech Week." 
  2. Nine people were arrested in protests at UC Berkeley over conservative writer Ben Shapiro's visit.
  3. The State Board of Education approved and submitted California's plan for satisfying the Every Student Succeeds Act, but some say the document lacks urgency on equity.

Nationwide:

  1. Some question Trump's early pledges of commitment to historically black colleges.
  2. Harvard has revoked its invitation to Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow at the Kennedy School.
  • Higher Education
  • University of California

Hundreds of protesters swarmed UC Berkeley on Thursday evening as conservative writer Ben Shapiro spoke on campus, with law enforcement out in force to prevent a repeat of recent violent clashes between far-left and far-right agitators.

Nine people were arrested, four of them on charges of carrying banned weapons. One was held on suspicion of battery on a police officer. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, many in riot gear, prepared for violence and seized potential weapons, but no major skirmishes were reported. Several shouting matches erupted but ended peacefully.

Advertisement
(Christina House / For The Times)

The California State Board of Education had been focused for hours on how to meet requirements to help its lowest performing schools and districts.

But after long, jargon-laden discussions about “building capacity” and “creating new systems,” board member Feliza Ortiz-Licon took a step back and apologized to civil rights groups.

  • Higher Education
  • University of California
(Jeremy Papasso / Associated Press)

More than 200 UC Berkeley instructors and faculty members are calling for a shutdown of classes and activities when right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos and other conservative speakers visit campus this month.

In a letter sent to the campus community this week, the faculty members said that a boycott of Yiannopoulos’ “Free Speech Week” would protect their students from potentially deadly violence. The letter cited shootings, stabbings and beatings during confrontations between the right and left in Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Charlottesville, Va.; Maryland and Virginia.