November 14, 2013 |
How do you measure school quality? For the last decade, the answer has been informed by a single set of data: standardized test scores. Now there is a chance to change that. Although Congress remains unwilling to overhaul No Child Left Behind, with its overemphasis on testing, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has taken matters into his own hands, issuing waivers that have freed 42 states and eight California districts - including L.A. Unified - from the law's accountability mechanisms.
October 20, 2013 |
Here's a website that can help you plan vacations that are socially empowering and environmentally responsible. Name: HolidaysForHumanity.com What it does: Introduces travel opportunities with transformative themes such as eco resorts and hotels, health and wellness, volunteering abroad, cultural and culinary, and expeditions and tours. What's hot: I found a trip helping to conduct whale and dolphin research in Costa Rica for less than $200 a day, and a trip to Cambodia to discover the art of rice-paper making in a local village.
October 10, 2013 |
Deliberately paced but not so deliberately thought out, the horror entry "Cassadaga" tries to scoop up enough tropes to satisfy a wide range of potential fright fans but lacks the cohesion to ever truly be effective. Kelen Coleman sympathetically plays Lily, a deaf art teacher spurred by the tragic death of her younger sister to relocate to sleepy, moss-covered college town Cassadaga, where seance-holding spiritualists roam, a vengeful dead woman begins haunting her and the town weirdo might be a serial killer.
September 6, 2013 |
Citing a large drop-off in private student loan originations, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. spokeswoman confirmed Friday that the bank would stop issuing student loans Oct. 12. "Over the last five years, students have increasingly relied on government-backed loans," said spokeswoman Trish Wexler. As a result, "we no longer see meaningful growth in this market," she said. PHOTOS: The costliest bank failures The lender had already started scaling back its student loan business.
July 27, 2013 |
In the automotive world, no one is more loyal than a truck owner. Lassie on her best day couldn't match the fidelity of someone who buys a particular brand of pickup. Once they choose Ford or Chevy or Dodge, usually only a pine box lures them away. With this in mind, the goal of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado wasn't to lure new buyers with extraneous bells and whistles. Rather, the 2014 model, rolling into dealerships now, aims to give the Chevy faithful exactly what they liked about their existing trucks, while correcting previous flaws.
June 27, 2013 |
DAKAR, Senegal - President Obama arrived in this corner of West Africa to deliver messages about civil society and good governance, democracy and development. Senegal's message to him was simpler: Welcome home. The greeting was plastered on signs and T-shirts wherever Obama went Thursday during his first full day of a weeklong, three-country trip to Africa. Although Obama was born and largely raised in Hawaii, his father was born and is buried in Kenya, and on this day Senegal treated the president as one of its own. Lampposts were covered with signs reading, "Welcome home, Mr. President.