| Jan 7, 2014
| 6:40 PM
For the first time in its history, Cerritos Elementary is eligible to apply for the California Distinguished Schools award, a program that honors schools across the state for closing the achievement gap.
For Principal Cynthia McCarty, who is in her...
| 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 —...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Chris Lougheed, the new principal at Tobinworld in Glendale, didn’t have to learn much about the nonpublic school that serves children with special needs and autism.
He’d already taught there for 23 years, beginning as a high school...
| 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...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 10:18 AM
As Los Angeles police began canvassing the quiet Silver Lake neighborhood for clues about who may have killed Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s father, family friends began arriving at the home to pay their respects.
Lauren Wayne, who said she has known...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 2:07 PM
Now that Glendale students and teachers have experienced the entire week of Thanksgiving off for the first time like their La Cañada brethren, I can officially call such an action a turkey (pun intended).
From a selfish standpoint, having a week off of...
| 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...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:01 PM
A new memorandum of understanding between Glendale Unified and its teachers union marks the first agreement by both parties outlining how the district will handle its online classes.
Glendale Unified currently offers online courses in government and...
| 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...