CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 |
We were in bare legs and shirt sleeves, drinking white wine on the patio at Lucques in West Hollywood - in February. But nearly everyone I spoke to was waxing nostalgic for snowy New England. The occasion was the alumni reception last week for St. Paul's School in rural Concord, N.H., one of America's most prestigious boarding schools and a bastion of WASP values. I'd been hearing a lot about California kids going back East for boarding school. For many Californians, who grew up going to public school, it's a weird idea.
October 8, 2009 |
It's hard not to think that Carey Mulligan is having a "Queen for a Day" moment. Done up in purple satin, with gold kick-me stilettos, the fresh-faced 24-year-old is dolled up for pictures and perched on an antique table in the presidential suite of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, a $4,200-a-night, multi-room perch atop the storied hotel. The room isn't hers, even for the night, and neither are the clothes. Practically everything touching her skin is borrowed -- except for the air of giddy excitement.
December 1, 2012
Re "A road map for L.A. Unified," Editorial, Nov. 28 The Times refers to a recent study funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that determined that teachers without advanced degrees are as effective as those who have them. Really? In my 16 years of teaching at a public high school, I have noticed that teachers who have advanced degrees in their field are better advocates for their programs and more apt to assume leadership positions. This probably has something to do with conducting one's own research and defending a thesis before a professional committee.
December 10, 2013
Re "A teacher's goal-line stand," Column, Dec. 8 Kudos to Steve Lopez and The Times for recognizing the fortitude of Narbonne High School teacher Veronica Bennett, who just said "no" to USC's newly hired football coach, Steve Sarkisian, when he tried to pull one of her students who happened to be a star football player out of class last month. Just think how much more teaching could take place if Los Angeles Unified School District officials mirrored Bennett's stance: Miss instruction time for sports?
June 6, 2013
Re "The quick 'trigger,'" Opinion, June 3 Jim Newton is right to point out that parents and their children need help now in securing the best possible education, especially in historically underserved communities. But does that mean that the "parent trigger" is the answer? Is it wise for whole schools to take the leap of faith that improvement will happen "somehow"? And who is responsible for a school's poor performance? Individual teachers and administrators, or the district that is supposed to be supervising them?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The leaders of California's three public higher education systems Wednesday pledged more cooperation, particularly in transferring students, while Gov. Jerry Brown urged them to develop more innovative collaborations. In a rare gathering, University of California President Janet Napolitano, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White and California Community Colleges Chancellor Brice W. Harris said they want to break through some of the walls set up by the state's 1960 Master Plan for Higher Education, which established different roles and student enrollment criteria for each sector.
April 11, 2012 |
The son of a railroad worker, Earl Warren came from a family keeping a desperate finger hold on a working-class existence at the turn of the last century. Yet when he left high school in Bakersfield in 1908, there was no question where he was headed: to Berkeley and a free education at the University of California. There he proved an indifferent student scholastically but an enthusiastic absorber of "the new life, the freedom, the companionship, the romance of the university," Warren recalled years later.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2011 |
It's lunchtime at Van Nuys High School and students stream into the cafeteria to check out the day's fare: black bean burgers, tostada salad, fresh pears and other items on a new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. But Iraides Renteria and Mayra Gutierrez don't even bother to line up. Iraides said the school food previously made her throw up, and Mayra calls it "nasty, rotty stuff. " So what do they eat? The juniors pull three bags of Flamin' Hot Cheetos and soda from their backpacks.
May 24, 2009 |
For years, school systems across the nation dropped classes in the fine arts to concentrate on getting students to pass tests in reading and mathematics. Now, a growing body of brain research suggests that teaching the arts may be good for students across all disciplines. Scientists are looking at, for instance, whether students at an arts high school who study music or drawing have brains that allow them to focus more intensely or do better in the classroom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2013 |
Learn Civil War history by performing a play? Study fractions through exploration of musical scores? After five years of brutal cuts in arts education, Los Angeles Unified is gearing up to bring more music, dance, theater and visual arts into core academic classes under a three-year, $750,000 initiative to be announced Thursday by the Los Angeles nonprofit group funding the effort. The Los Angeles Fund for Public Education plans to announce the first grant of $150,000 to the Music Center, which will train 20 teachers how to integrate the arts into classrooms at five L.A. middle schools: Sun Valley, San Fernando, Adams, Berendo and South Gate.