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October 13, 2002
The National Science Foundation has awarded multimillion-dollar grants to two universities in Orange County, and for the most heartening of projects. Recognizing that without future scientists there can be no great science, NSF is giving the grants to train public-school teachers in the instruction of math and science. The $14.2 million going to UC Irvine is the biggest NSF grant ever at the research university, which is known for its science departments.
April 25, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A Los Angeles high school science teacher returned to the classroom Friday two months after being suspended over concerns that two students had assembled "dangerous" science projects under his supervision. Both projects overseen by teacher Greg Schiller were capable of launching small objects. A staff member at the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts had raised concerns about one of them. Both are common in science fairs. "I am very excited to be back with my students and help them prepare for the Advanced Placement tests, which are a week away," Schiller said Thursday.
February 13, 1996 | TIM MAY
Two San Fernando Valley science teachers received special awards from USC and the Greater Los Angeles Teachers of Science Assn. Anna M. Gaiter, a first-grade science teacher at Harding Street Elementary School in Sylmar, and Margie Weitkamp, a science teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, were among the three teachers who received the awards, presented for the first time. Santa Monica resident Michael A.
April 10, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
In February, Los Angeles Unified School District officials suspended a teacher after two of his students turned in science projects that administrators thought looked like guns. Even granting that school officials have a right to be hypersensitive these days about anything resembling a weapon, their decision to remove him from the classroom was a harmful overreaction. It's also hard to understand why the investigation into this seemingly simple matter has taken more than a month.
August 7, 1988 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, Times Staff Writer
UCLA has received a $330,000 grant to create a support program for new science teachers in the Los Angeles and Long Beach unified school districts. Project director Janet Thornber said the award, given to UCLA's Center for Academic Interinstitutional Programs, a division of the Graduate School of Education, will be used to give additional training to new science teachers at 15 junior high schools in the Los Angeles district and five in Long Beach.
September 16, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
Next summer, Cal State Northridge's Center for Cancer and Developmental Biology will kick off a program to train elementary, middle and high school science teachers in state-of-the-art research methods in many science topics, university officials announced.
February 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
Science teachers from across Southern California gathered Thursday for a chance to meet Nobel laureate Francis Crick, who discovered the molecular structure of DNA, at a Cal State Northridge function.
January 31, 1995 | STEVE RYFLE
As part of a program created last year to encourage kids to pursue careers in science, the Burbank City Council is scheduled tonight to honor three local teachers and three high school science projects. The teachers--Jill Lloyd of Burroughs High School, Gabe Margve of Burbank High and Linda Pincu of Monterey Continuation High--were named outstanding science teachers in the city's first Science Awards Program.
October 7, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The American sweep of Nobel Prizes in science this year has filled the nation's science educators not only with pride over what's done well in U.S. labs and classrooms -- but angst over what's not. "We are the best in the world at what we do at the top end, and we are mediocre -- or worse -- at the bottom end," said Jon D. Miller of Michigan State University, who studies the role of science in American society.
June 27, 1987 | ANDREW C. REVKIN, Times Staff Writer
After a year of classes, a week in the laboratory and a day of skin-diving, 40 Los Angeles science teachers graduated Friday from a California State University, Northridge, program that is designed to keep them abreast of the latest advances in biology. "You have the most important job in the country," said the program's director, CSUN biologist Steven Oppenheimer, as he addressed the group at a luncheon.
April 9, 2014 | By Howard Blume
A popular Los Angeles high school science teacher has been suspended after students turned in projects that appeared dangerous to administrators, spurring a campaign calling for his return to the classroom. Students and parents have rallied around Greg Schiller after his suspension in February from the downtown Cortines School of Visual & Performing Arts. Supporters have organized a rally on his behalf at the campus for Thursday, gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition calling for his reinstatement and set up a social media page.
November 20, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The numbers said that John Freshwater was the best eighth-grade science teacher at Mount Vernon Middle School. His students often outperformed those taught by the school's two other science teachers, and Freshwater's evaluations were almost always positive in the 20-plus years he'd been at the school. On Tuesday, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the Mount Vernon school board was right to fire Freshwater in 2011 in a disagreement over how he expressed his Christianity. In a controversial case that has touched on the divide between free speech and the separation of church and state, Ohio's highest court ruled that Mount Vernon officials were right in firing Freshwater for insubordination for refusing to remove Christian materials from his classroom.
March 10, 2013
Re "New rules for interns in schools," March 8 The problem with putting teaching interns from programs like Teach for America into classrooms with English-language learners isn't the interns' lack of competence teaching such students; it's their lack of competence period. The young intern profiled in your article, Stephanie Silva, has a degree in political science but is teaching chemistry to special-education students in high school. Credentialed teachers are required to either pass a test in their subject or to have a college degree in that subject.
April 6, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Tennessee is poised to adopt a law that would allow public schoolteachers to challenge climate change and evolution in their classrooms without fear of sanction, according to educators and civil libertarians in the state. Passed by the state Legislature and awaiting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's signature, the measure is likely to stoke growing concerns among science teachers around the country that teaching climate science is becoming the same kind of classroom and community flash point as evolution.
June 19, 2009 | Howard Blume
Teachers have accepted a new contract that includes no pay raise for last year, this year or next year, but will allow them to take formal contract grievances public. The leaders of United Teachers Los Angeles had insisted to members that they could do no better on salary issues during tough economic times, and, in the final tally, 81.4% voted yes, with about a third of the 48,000 members voting. Other touted elements of the deal include new contract language meant to enforce better safety conditions at schools, more say for teachers in teacher-training efforts and a panel to study how to make teacher salaries more competitive.
July 22, 2008 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
When school begins at Diamond Bar High School, students in the Advanced Placement environmental science class taught by David Hong may find themselves in the field studying the pattern of tracks made by the mule deer, the feeding habits of the horned lizard and the unique trill of the California quail.
August 20, 1995
The end of the Cold War brought many blessings. The specter of nuclear war diminished. Spending on guns, missiles and warships was reduced. But there was an unfortunate side effect as well: Tens of thousands of men and women in the defense industry, military and civilian, lost jobs. Many in their 40s and 50s were thrown out on the street, having done only one kind of work in their lives, jobs for which there was now little demand. The U.S.
May 2, 2008 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Legislators on Thursday advanced proposals to help poor-performing schools attract experienced teachers and to make it easier for prosecutors to seize gang members' assets. Despite opposition from teachers unions, the state Senate voted to allow additional bonuses to be negotiated for experienced and credentialed science and math teachers who take assignments at 2,509 poor-performing schools, including 307 campuses in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
February 9, 2007 | Elaine Woo, Times Staff Writer
Nelson Polsby, a UC Berkeley political scientist whose witty and astute observations on Congress, the electoral process and presidential politics influenced several generations of scholars, policymakers, journalists and other political animals, died at his Berkeley home Tuesday of complications of heart disease. He was 72. Polsby was the Heller professor of political science at UC Berkeley, where he had taught since 1967 and directed its Institute of Governmental Studies from 1988 to 1999.
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