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Southern California schools, from the inside out

Last Build Date: Fri, 05 Dec 2008 09:16:10 -0800


Gifts for UC

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 09:16:10 -0800

Despite the recession and sinking stock market accounts, the University of California reports new acts of multimillion-dollar generosity from donors. For UCLA, the Shapiro Family Charitable Foundation has pledged $2 million to fund two endowed chairs at the David Geffen...

Students distribute L.A. Guide to Giving

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 09:11:41 -0800

“With extreme poverty and malnutrition in every corner of the world, it is often hard to recognize the needs of your own community,” writes Elizabeth Knight in a profile of Hope-Net, a Los Angeles charity whose food and shelter services...

Handicapping the next secretary of Education

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 14:07:18 -0800

The folks at the Thomas Fordham Institute are handicapping President-elect Barack Obama's pick for secretary of Education. If they're right, it looks like Obama might be looking for a big-city schools chief, someone like Arne Duncan of Chicago or Joel...

Magnet Applications

Wed, 03 Dec 2008 07:00:00 -0800

Erin Shachory, a parent from Riverside Drive Elementary School, writes: Recently, we received our LAUSD “Choices” brochure, a catalog and application for magnet schools and other district schools (PWT, PSC) that offer “voluntary integration opportunities.” The brochure states that all...

Cash for College

Tue, 02 Dec 2008 15:14:26 -0800

Middle school and high school students and their parents can learn more about the college application process at the seventh annual Cash for College: College and Career Convention taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday and Friday....

Letter to the College Board

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 18:15:10 -0800

Phoebe Smolin, a senior at Hamilton High School, writes: Dear College Board, It’s over. My long-running battle with you and the numbers you seek to define me by is finished. As my final act of surrender, I seek to prove,...

Thanksgiving in Claremont: Tolerant tradition or demeaning display?

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 11:00:28 -0800

Parents are protesting this morning outside Condit Elementary School in Claremont, the site Tuesday of a decades-old tradition involving kindergartners dressing up as pilgrims and Native Americans and sharing a Thanksgiving feast. After a handful of parents objected to the...

Inside the lockdown at Manual Arts -- Part 2

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:49:05 -0800

Antero Garcia, a Manual Arts High School teacher, received the following e-mails over the weekend after Friday's campus lockdown kept students and staff in classrooms all afternoon and into the evening. These are some of the e-mails from his fellow...

Inside the lockdown at Manual Arts High School

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:37:43 -0800

Antero Garcia, a teacher at Manual Arts High School, writes: Although I don’t teach a fourth-period class, I was sitting in a colleague’s ninth grade class on Friday observing and helping out where I could. But when a lockdown was...

Should students have to pay to play?

Mon, 24 Nov 2008 15:18:11 -0800

Does your school charge for road trips? A national school administrators group says it's worried about what it sees as a growing trend of "pay for play" trips that effectively discriminate against the poor -- a trend, it believes, that...