Education

Reynolds, Ferguson elected to school board

Two Burbank school board candidates won election outright for three open seats Tuesday night, cutting a field of six down to two for the general election in April.

Britz talks district turnover rates

Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz shed light on the recent turnover in administrators in school districts throughout California, citing curriculum changes and retirement as factors affecting Burbank Unified as well.

Council, school candidates release third round of campaign financial reports

With ballots in the Burbank municipal primary due Tuesday, the latest campaign finance reports filed with the City Clerk’s office show City Council candidates Juan Guillen and David Nos each received a funding boost in recent weeks.

Educators report success of pilot guidance program

Burbank educators may provide more guidance counselors across its 11 elementary schools, following positive preliminary findings about the impact one guidance counselor has had at Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt elementary schools this year.

School board candidates weigh in on Common Core

School board candidates weigh in on Common Core

The six candidates for Burbank school board expressed similar thoughts about Common Core, with most expressing optimism about the multistate curriculum, but noting that the board needs to keep a watchful eye on implementation.

School board hopefuls continue push

School board hopefuls continue push

As Burbank’s election primary approaches, school board candidates continue to push for votes and campaign cash.

Facilities upgrades, tech projects dominate first $41M in Measure S funding

A year and a half after voters passed Burbank Unified’s $110-million Measure S bond, school officials have made headway into spending the first $41 million they were issued.

School board hopefuls participate in forum

School board hopefuls participate in forum

The six Burbank school board candidates vying for three open seats opened up about past mistakes and gave insight into their fundraising strategies during a forum at Woodbury University Wednesday.

Book lands Burbank High School teacher in the hot seat

A Burbank High School teacher and coach remains on leave as school officials interview students about a book he wrote and shared with students containing passages on teenage sexual encounters, according to...

Woodbury president to step down

Woodbury president to step down

After fewer than three years in the position, Woodbury University President Luis Ma. R. Calingo announced Thursday he will be stepping down from the helm of the private Burbank college.

Program plants green goals

Program plants green goals

Karen Gibson retired from teaching Burbank students in 2012 after spending 19 years at Bret Harte Elementary, but she hasn’t thrown in the educational towel just yet.

Hopes outlined for the district leader

As Burbank’s current school board plans to make an offer to the person they hope will become the Burbank schools’ next superintendent in early April, the current field of school board candidates recently offered their take on the qualities that person should have.

BUSD honors Nickelodeon  for partnering with schools

BUSD honors Nickelodeon for partnering with schools

In the past five years, Nickelodeon Animation Studio has donated more than $200,000 worth of technology to Burbank schools, in addition to having its artists visit local schools and create mentorship programs.

Bond funds eyed to meet class size demand

To meet a state mandate to have class sizes at an average of 24 students to one teacher by 2019, Burbank Unified may need to pay for new classroom buildings or portable rooms with bond funds, according to school board member Larry Applebaum.

More than $22K in total contributions for Burbank school board candidates

More than $22K in total contributions for Burbank school board candidates

With Burbank’s primary election less than a month away, the leader in the school board money race is Woodbury professor Armond Aghakhanian, who has raised nearly $12,000 as of Jan. 10.

Instrumental to learning

Instrumental to learning

On the back wall, the word “music” was spelled down a broad, white stripe in the midst of various academic subjects: the M came from music, the U from language, S from history, I from reading and C from science.

Board holds meeting regarding superintendent search

Two retired superintendents helping Burbank school officials with their search for the district’s next chief took notes Wednesday evening during a special board meeting during which school board members and local residents listed qualities they want in their next leader.

District seeks cleanup costs

When tree roots clogged a main sewer line that serves Ralph Waldo Emerson Elementary and nearby homes late last month, sewage seeped into a bathroom, classroom and playground area of the school.

Local school shocked by attack in France

Students and faculty at Lycee International de Los Angeles, a school with a Burbank campus that has an international focus, had a strong emotional react to the killings at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.

Lending a helping hand

Lending a helping hand

About 80 faculty and staff from Providence High School in Burbank arrived at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School in Sun Valley Tuesday morning prepared to spend eight hours improving the school’s library and playground.

Looking Ahead: A year of stores and other stories in 2015

Looking Ahead: A year of stores and other stories in 2015

Change is in the air in Burbank, including a new school superintendent and new elected officials after the April election as three incumbents don’t plan to run again.

School board could add maintenance position

The Burbank Unified school board is expected to consider reinstating a position that was eliminated about 10 years ago in response to budget cuts.

School officials focus on GATE program

Burbank school officials are looking closely at how to better support participants in the Gifted and Talented Education Program, otherwise known as GATE.

Burbank Unified uses grant money to purchase 200-plus new computers

Burbank Unified school officials have made their first big dent in a $1.4-million grant the district was awarded earlier this year to create educational pathways for students to take from school into their careers.

Students work to get out the vote

With hopes of boosting voter registration and turnout, Burbank is looking to local high school and college students for fresh ideas.

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