CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 |
Students at Corona del Mar High School and a private tutor are under investigation for allegedly hacking into the computer system to change grades and access tests, officials said. The students could face criminal charges on top of disciplinary action from the school, according to the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, the Daily Pilot reported . "We are shocked and disappointed by the unethical and irresponsible behavior exhibited by the involved students," district spokeswoman Laura Boss said in a statement Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2013 |
The Redlands Unified School District will keep a high school teacher on the payroll until June and pay a $505,000 settlement to a student who said in a lawsuit that she was sexually abused by the educator. The school board agreed to pay the former Redlands East Valley High School student to settle a lawsuit alleging that teacher Megan Kelly preyed on and sexually abused her, and that the district ignored obvious signs of inappropriate contact. As part of the deal, the district must keep Kelly - who has been on paid leave for 2 1/2 years - on the payroll until June, when she will be required to resign and will be ineligible to reapply to work at the district.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - It used to be called "shop. " Then educators started using two-bit labels like "vocational education. " And it got worse. "Career tech," they renamed it when the dot.com era emerged. Now it goes by "linked learning. " Or is it "career pathways?" I'm confused. "Call it shop-plus," says Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the Legislature's leading proponent of whatever it is. I'll roll my eyes and refer to it as "linked learning. " Yuk. Whatever it's called, it seems to work for high schoolers where it exists, which isn't enough places.
October 22, 2013 |
It was an unlikely encounter in the middle of the desert. Kevin Terris was a high school senior from a boarding school in Claremont, Calif., with dreams of a paleontology career. Joe was a toddler stuck under a rock. For 75 million years. Terris, 22, now can take credit for finding the most complete specimen of a young duck-billed dinosaur, called a Parasaurolophus. The extremely rare fossil of the 1-year-old plant eater could reveal how the extinct hadrosaurid developed its odd horn-like protruberance during its lifetime.
October 3, 2013
Producer-director Marta Cunningham's documentary, "Valentine Road," is a moving and infuriating look at the 2008 murder of openly gay teenager Lawrence "Larry" King by straight classmate Brandon McInerney in Oxnard. The film, which also airs Monday on HBO, should be required viewing for teens, educators and anyone concerned with the potentially devastating effects of intolerance. (The phobic, mortified McInerney shot King the day after King openly flirted with him). Cunningham masterfully weaves a kind of cinematic memorial quilt to King, who, just prior to his death, was living in a group home/treatment center away from his adoptive parents.
September 17, 2013 |
The demise of quality high school boys' soccer in California is underway, thanks to the U.S. Soccer Federation's insistence on forcing top high school players to choose between its academy program and high school competition. As Sasha van der Most, the youth academy director for Chivas USA, puts it, "The players make the choices. We train four days a week, nine, 10 months a year, play top competition and don't charge the players anything. If you're in the soccer world, you know the best players don't want to play high school anymore.