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  • Community colleges' promise meets bitter reality

    Community colleges' promise meets bitter reality
    In 1971, I was a high school graduate without much money and even less of a plan. A community college campus seemed like a good place to try to figure things out, so I enrolled at Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay Area. In two years there, I...
  • Some readers can't handle the truth about schools' precarious state

    Some readers can't handle the truth about schools' precarious state
    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...
  • For the graduate, a lack of pomp, but plenty to be proud of

    For the graduate, a lack of pomp, but plenty to be proud of
    I stuffed my purse with tissues for my trip to San Francisco last week. I expected to be a teary mess as I watched my youngest child walk the stage at her college graduation. But I didn't get weepy because I didn't get to see it. The commencement at...
  • Nathaniel Ayers plays the Foshay Learning Center

    Nathaniel Ayers plays the Foshay Learning Center
    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." When...
  • iPads in school: a toy or a tool?

    iPads in school: a toy or a tool?
    At Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences in Granada Hills, every student has an iPad. That's 1,200 iPads, and if L.A. Unified Supt. John Deasy can figure out how to pay for 660,000 more of them, every student in the district will have a tablet in the next...
  • After generations of failure, a school and its students head for success

    After generations of failure, a school and its students head for success
    I was prepared for the dog-and-pony show — the choreographed "reveal" of a school makeover that's been in the works for years. I didn't expect much beyond a grown-up version of show-and-tell. But I came anyway because I have a soft spot for Jordan...
  • Does creationism have a place at a public school?

    Does creationism have a place at a public school?
    Los Angeles Unified School District biology teacher Tom Phillips is retiring this month, but on his way out, he's decided to go public with a pet peeve. Phillips believes the continued Christian fundamentalist effort to debunk evolution is undermining...
  • Coming year will be test of reforms at Jordan High

    Coming year will be test of reforms at Jordan High
    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...
  • Don't demonize teachers because of pension system's faults

    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...
  • Prof. Schwarzenegger gives a lecture on post-partisanship

    Prof. Schwarzenegger gives a lecture on post-partisanship
    Charisma counts. Former President Clinton proved it at the Democratic National Convention, and former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proved it Monday at USC. He received a standing ovation as he stepped onto the stage in an auditorium on campus for the start...
  • L.A. Unified stakes reputation on iPad program

    L.A. Unified stakes reputation on iPad program
    There is more at stake than test scores in the effort to provide iPads to 600,000 Los Angeles Unified students in time for the state's upcoming switch to online achievement exams. If my inbox is a measure of public opinion, the district's credibility is...