| Dec 27, 2013
| 5:02 PM
The Webb Schools, a private high school in Claremont, is a magnet for college recruiters from around the country and the world. This fall, 113 Ivy League and other schools sent representatives to the campus — more than the 106 students in the senior...
| Jan 2, 2014
Re "Colleges' cold shoulder," Dec. 28
My middle-class high school of 3,000 students had no college recruiters ever solicit on campus. At the time, in the late 1970s, only star athletes were ever recruited by colleges.
But education then was not the...
| Dec 28, 2013
| 4:00 PM
In more ways than one, I'm sorry to see 2013 fade into the books. Thanks to a steady run of incompetence, corruption and bungling by various public officials, it was a banner year for local news in Greater Los Angeles.
In other ways, I can't wait for...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 8:48 PM
Under pressure from an oversight panel, Los Angeles school officials have sharply reduced the number of iPads they say are needed to carry out new state standardized tests.
The change adds up to a $25-million savings, but examination of the testing plan...
| Jan 4, 2014
Even the noblest of efforts — such as, say, the Los Angeles Unified School District's program to give each of its 600,000-plus students Apple iPads — can suffer under the weight of bungled management. Since the district rolled out its $1...
| Jan 4, 2014
| 12:00 PM
After an extended period of layoffs and hiring freezes, the Los Angeles Unified School District has resumed bringing on new teachers, while also being more selective about their quality than in the past.
The nation's second-largest school system...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 1:37 PM
Seventeen young women will be presented to society on Saturday when the La Cañada Thursday Club holds its annual Bal Blanc de Noel at the Omni Hotel in Los Angeles. The honorees are Tracey Hill Andrews, Galey Kathryn Caverly, Jessica Anne Davidson,...
| Dec 25, 2013
Re "Duncan praises LAUSD results," Dec. 23
The federal government's National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was established in the late 1960s, and since then NAEP scores for all American students — for Anglos, African Americans, Asian...
| Dec 23, 2013
Here's something that California doesn't need: a replay of Proposition 8 in slightly different form. But it may get one. Opponents of a new state law that expands the rights of transgender students say they have submitted enough signatures to place a...
| Dec 23, 2013
Charter schools make a basic promise to students, parents, school districts and the state: They operate with greater autonomy and flexibility than regular public schools in exchange for increased accountability.
In keeping with this covenant, the...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 5:59 PM
After several lean years, thousands of California teachers are winning pay hikes, bonuses and other benefits in contract negotiations — the fruits of voter-approved school funding increases.
The $6.1 billion in new funds headed for schools this...