| Aug 7, 2013
Americans love the fruits of science, but the rigors it takes to grow them — that's another matter. A full-court press for more STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — students and teachers is still coming up short. Since...
| Aug 12, 2013
| 9:14 PM
When classes begin Tuesday in L.A. Unified, it will be the first opening day that Sherri Williams has missed in 31 years — and that doesn't count her time as a student.
Williams has spent her career as a teacher and principal at schools in South...
| Jul 26, 2013
| 7:44 PM
Let it not be said that San Jose State University hasn't taught the world a valuable lesson in the promises and pitfalls of the fancy new craze for online university learning.
The Cal State University campus set itself up as a pioneer in the field in...
| Dec 7, 2013
| 2:00 PM
Last week, a neat little nugget was tucked into the bottom of a story about USC's new head football coach, Steve Sarkisian.
The piece by Eric Sondheimer — the local treasure who covers prep sports for The Times — noted that Sarkisian had...
| Nov 28, 2011
There's a shocking disconnect at work these days in the relationship between the public and government workers: The public is demanding greater accountability, and public employees — social workers, police, teachers, even state legislators —...
| Sep 28, 2013
| 12:00 PM
Don't worry, L.A. Unified officials keep telling us. The $1-billion program to give iPads to more than 600,000 K-12 students is going to work out fine.
Maybe. But so far, nobody at district headquarters gets any gold stars for the rollout.
| Jun 15, 2011
I picked him up at 10:30 Monday morning. He was waiting on the sidewalk outside his apartment with a cello, a violin, a guitar, a trumpet, a walking stick and a backpack full of music.
"Good morning, Mr. Ayers."
"Good morning, Mr. Lopez."
| Oct 9, 2012
Sal Castro sat in his book-lined den, reduced to writing on a whiteboard to fight what could be his last political battle.
Hours earlier, the "usually glib and gregarious" teacher and activist, as he describes himself, had been released from St....
| Oct 13, 2012
| 5:59 PM
So last week, I wrote about a Palos Verdes businessman who serves on the local school board, where budget cuts have been so devastating he intends to vote for two state ballot propositions that would prevent more slashing, hoping one of them gets the...
| Oct 20, 2012
Former high school principal Elois McGehee remembers what got her started. It was a graduation day at Locke High in Watts more than a decade ago.
"The graduation ceremony was over. I'm leaving school in my car, driving home," she recalled. "Then I see...
| Oct 21, 2012
Just as I was preparing to defend public school teachers and their retirement benefits, I got a form letter last week from my employer's vice president for human resources.
Apparently he felt it was important to inform me that I had earned additional...