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August 27, 2013 | By Hannah Fry
A drama teacher at Corona del Mar High School who was placed on leave in June after a student accused him of battery has resigned. Ron Martin, who won accolades from free-speech advocates for fighting to stage a campus production of "Rent," confirmed Tuesday that he left his job last week for health reasons and to avoid having to come before the school district's review board. "I'm disappointed that it happened this way," said Martin, 57. "From what I understood, I was guilty and had to prove my innocence.
August 22, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Students and staff at L.A. Unified School District can now use the Microsoft Bing search engine without having to see ads or adult-content links in their search results. The partnership between Microsoft's Bing search unit and several major school districts is aimed at providing students a safer experience online while drawing more users to the country's most-used search engine behind runaway leader Google. "We know search technology is a big part of education," said Bill Cox, Microsoft's senior director of product management.
August 16, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Makhaela Jenkins, a seventh-grade girl in Ohio who has played youth football, has been told she can't play for her junior high team, leading to appeals for the school district to change its policies. The Liberty Union-Thurston School District in Baltimore, which is southeast of Columbus, does not allow girls to participate in contact sports with boys. The superintendent in the wake of criticism has said that the district is not violating Title IX, a regulation that gives children equal rights to participate in a program or activity that receives federal financial assistance.
August 16, 2013 | By Marcia Adair
The first day of school, one of America's great communal experiences. Pencils are sharpened, backpacks bought and outfits laid out, found to be totally lame, OMG, and laid out again. But what today's kids in Los Angeles public schools will experience on Days 2 through 180 is significantly different from what their parents enjoyed when it comes to music, art, drama and field trips. For a variety of reasons, funds available to school boards for education in California have been devastated over the last 20 years, to levels some in the industry call the worst in U.S. history.
August 15, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Beverly Hills school district will conduct an independent review of its relationship with a for-profit summer sports camp for Beverly Hills High School athletes that is owned by the school's principal. The review was in response to an article in The Times that found the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Principal Carter Paysinger and operated by two other school employees. Parents say they were led to believe that the academy was a school-sanctioned mandatory camp for athletes and that fees would help fund sports teams.
August 15, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
The Hesperia Unified School District is adopting policies to support gay and lesbian students after members of a Sultana High campus club alleged they were being harassed and bullied, a legal group said Thursday. In March, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP sent a letter to the San Bernardino County school system demanding that it cease the alleged censoring of activities of the Gay Straight Alliance and discriminating against lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer/questioning (LBGTQ)
August 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.
August 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District, and seven others in California, will have more freedom to spend millions of federal dollars, create new ways to evaluate teachers and schools and replace restrictive testing and other rules, under a groundbreaking agreement announced Tuesday. The eight school systems are the first in the country to win such rights based on a direct appeal to the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, the department would consider exemptions to the No Child Left Behind law only if state governments applied.
August 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
July 30, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday invited districts nationwide to begin applying for the latest batch of high-profile federal school-reform grants. Individual school districts will be able to seek about $120 million in “Race to the Top” federal funds. The four-year awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the population of students served. The Department of Education is expecting to make 15 to 25 awards. “The Race to the Top-District competition is an opportunity for trailblazing districts across the country to implement models of personalized learning so that every child graduates college- and career-ready,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement.
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