Education Headlines

  • Study finds schools can’t fund facility needs all alone

    Despite insistence from the Brown administration that schools can fund facility budgets on their own, new research suggests that during the economic downturn districts fell billions short each year in the minimum investment needed to keep buildings safe and educationally functional.

  • Report finds 6th-grade science texts inaccurate on causes of climate change

    As California Gov. Jerry Brown joins world leaders in Paris next week after several months of campaigning to curb climate change around the world, many middle schools in his state are using science textbooks that are inaccurate on the subject, according to a new report from Stanford University this week.

  • El Dorado County schools chief gets $125,000 to resign after two DUI arrests

    El Dorado County schools chief Jeremy Meyers received a $125,000 buyout package this month for resigning after being arrested twice on suspicion of drunken driving.

  • School closed for testing decades after chemical leak

    Usually the hub of its working-class community, Magnolia Elementary School sits vacant while scientists conduct tests commissioned to ease concerns over a toxic groundwater plume that stretches beneath campus decades after a chemical leak at the neighboring aerospace plant.

  • Statewide organization wants Salinas charter school closed

    For the second straight year, a statewide organization that normally advocates for more charter schools is lobbying for the closure of one in Salinas. The California Charter Schools Association is saying Oasis Charter Public School has been underperforming for so long it needs to be closed.

  • Cellphones make a comeback in the classroom, with teachers’ support

    Priscilla Farinas, an English teacher at Social Justice Humanitas Academy in San Fernando, faced her 31 students recently and made an announcement that seemingly violates official Los Angeles Unified policy. “This is the one and only time I will have you take out your cellphones,” she said, instructing the students to share their definitions of “privilege” via text message as part of a lesson on “The Great Gatsby.”

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