March 5, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Syria's civil conflict has battered the nation's education system, depriving hundreds of thousands of children of schooling, UNICEF said Tuesday. One in 5 Syrian schools have suffered damage or have been converted into shelters, UNICEF said in a new overview of the parlous state of education in Syria, where an armed rebellion has been raging for almost two years. In some cases, UNICEF said, armed groups have commandeered schools. At least 2,400 schools have been damaged or destroyed, the U.N. children's agency said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2012 |
Edward Yacuta felt rushed and nervous when he took a test to determine whether he was ready for college-level English classes at Long Beach City College. The 18-year-old did poorly on the exam, even though he was getting good grades in an Advanced Placement English class at Long Beach's Robert A. Millikan High School. Most community colleges would assign students like Yacuta to a remedial class, but he will avoid that fate at Long Beach. The two-year school is trying out a new system this fall that will place students who graduated from the city's high schools in courses based on their grades rather than their scores on the standardized placement tests.
July 6, 2005
My sincere thanks to The Times for printing as its Fourth of July editorial the text of the Declaration of Independence. It is a unique and extraordinary document that inspired and continues to inspire not only our nation but, as well, people around the world. In reading it once again, however, I was struck by the number of offenses attributed to the "British crown" that have been, and are being, committed by the current administration. Perhaps it is time for some remedial education, not only of our nation's leader and certain members of his administration and party but also of the bare majority of voters who returned this particular George to a second term in order that he might continue to pursue policies so at odds with our founders' ideals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 29, 2004 |
California State University threw out fewer freshmen last year for failing to master basic math or English skills, but most first-year students still arrive on campus unprepared for college work, officials reported Wednesday. Top administrators for the 23-campus system expressed frustration about the weak skills of arriving students. They noted that only 42% of the freshmen who started last fall were proficient in math and English, as measured by placement exams.
June 13, 2001 |
It was one of the cornerstones of President Bush's campaign: vouchers for low-income students caught in failing schools. But on Tuesday--to no one's surprise--the Senate defeated, on a 58-41 vote, a last, modest effort by conservative Republicans to include a voucher provision in education reform legislation sought by Bush. The amendment, offered by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.), would have provided $50 million for a pilot voucher program limited to 10 school districts in three states.
May 23, 2001 |
The suggestion came as a casual comment from a script consultant in New York: Nix the rabbit and have the little boy play with a doll. It was a simple request, no doubt aimed at broadening concepts about gender. But for a conservative Muslim country, it was just too extreme. "We insisted, 'No, little boys don't play with dolls.'