| Nov 26, 2013
| 9:19 PM
With new state funding available to schools through Gov. Jerry Brown's Local Control Funding Formula, Burbank Unified may hire additional staff to lower class sizes in math, science and English classes at its two high schools.
School officials last week...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:58 PM
The phrase "achievement gap" often refers to the test-score discrepancies between white students and non-white students in public schools. However, the more alarming achievement gap is between high school work and college work.
Plenty of students...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:54 PM
Glendale Unified will not apply for federal Race to the Top funds — a potential $30 million payout — a decision that avoids a confrontation with the district's teachers union regarding the use of test scores that scuttled the highly-sought...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 4:42 PM
"Signature" — a word that appears on legal forms and credit card transactions.
Yet very soon that word may have to be redefined.
I'm noticing more and more of my high school students do not understand what a signature is, not knowing the...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 5:31 PM
My husband and I have been lucky, particularly as parents. As I look toward Thanksgiving, I'm mindful of the good fortune and help we've had along the way, starting with the Realtors who helped us find our house in 1981.
It was Mary Ann Plumley —...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 5:32 PM
Educators are caught in a circular conundrum. Students are stressed, and their parents, grandparents, mental health professionals and educators themselves all worry about the effects of that stress on student health, well-being, and, yes, on academic...
| Oct 25, 2013
| 10:58 AM
I know what many of you expect me to address this week, the recent headline-grabbing story about a teacher at Hoover accused of sexually assaulting a student. After all, I work there and that teacher was a colleague of mine.
However, I'd like to dial...
| Oct 23, 2013
| 1:54 PM
Karyn Riel was raised in the westernmost part of the city, known as the Sagebrush area, before her family moved into an area of the city that feeds into the La Cañada Unified School District.
She graduated from La Cañada High School before heading to...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 9:50 AM
As Glendale Unified prepares to use computers to test students on the new Common Core State Standards this coming spring, school officials are planning to sample three different computers for select students and teachers to use this month in order to gain...
| Oct 19, 2013
| 11:56 AM
The event was just a practice-round Lego robotics competition for elementary and middle school students, held at Roosevelt Middle School as a way to introduce new teams to how such competitions work.
Nonetheless it was a model of how schools can...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:38 AM
Artists and art students from around Greater Los Angeles remembered art teacher Joseph Gatto, who was found shot to death in his Silver Lake home, as a great educator and promoter of the arts.
Artist Robert Vargas, who did the mural in downtown L.A....
| Oct 17, 2013
| 10:26 AM
Dan Jeffries moved to La Cañada Flintridge more than a decade ago when looking for a community that offered great schools. Jeffries, 55, is a father of five with three children enrolled in elementary schools. By day, he is a prosecutor with the Los...