Education

3 student experiments duke it out to be performed in space

The winning experiment will be sent on a mission to the International Space Station, set to take off next year in February. But the students are going to have to wait a little longer to find out the winner.

Transitional kindergarten debate hinges on neediest students

Gov. Jerry Brown believes that state early education funds should only go to the neediest students. But advocates say a plan to do that could hurt poor kids anyway.

Taxpayers stuck with bill for LAUSD sex abuse settlements

L.A. Unified says its insurers "abandoned the school district" after a $200 million settlement in 2014. Who should pay for the most recent $88 million payout?

Culver City student ties for 7th in National Spelling Bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, had his first misspelling in the ninth round of the finals. Check back for final results and try your own word power with a sample test.

Big change to UC application stressing students out

The personal statement is an important part of the University of California application. This year, the system is doubling the number of essays applicants are required to write.

Did charter school battle union effort with public funds?

At state lawmakers' direction, the state auditor will examine whether the Alliance charter school network used public funds to dissuade its teachers from unionizing.

Turnaround Arts adopts more struggling schools in California

The program seeks to improve low-performing schools by infusing the arts into every aspect of instruction. Six more schools will join the ranks.

2 SoCal students head to finals in national spelling bee

Cooper Komatsu, 13, a student at Culver City Middle School, and Aisha Randhawa, 10, a student at Garretson Elementary School in Corona, will be among 45 finalists taking the stage Thursday morning.

Charter school groups spending big in California legislative races

If you vote in the 43rd Assembly District, you've probably seen the glossy mailers, many of them bearing negative claims about one candidate. Here's where they came from.

USC alum Bohnett pledges $15M to endow residential college

USC said Wednesday that the gift by internet entrepreneur David Bohnett will endow a residential college focused on social justice and community service.

Vergara plaintiffs file appeal, back tenure overhaul bill

Plaintiffs in the Vergara v. California lawsuit formally asked the state Supreme Court take up their case. But they're also pursuing a legislative route to changes.

Cal State trustees approve 10.5 percent salary increase deal

Ninety-seven percent of faculty union members voted in favor of the agreement, president of the organization Jennifer Eagan told KPCC.

Meet the 10 SoCal kids in the National Spelling Bee

See the full list of contestants from Southern California and find out if you would have what it takes to compete with an interactive spelling and vocabulary test.

Bringing brain development 101 to kids who miss preschool

A social service agency is trying to train parents in child development skills in an attempt to close gaps between kids who attend preschool and kids who don't.

Fact check: How much do charter schools cost LAUSD?

The teachers union says charters cost L.A. Unified nearly $600 million. Charter school backers say the estimate is "riddled with inaccuracies." Who's right?

LAUSD aims to increase access to instrumental music

With $356,000 approved for the purchase of instruments earlier this year, the district hopes to increase access to schools like Huntington Park Elementary.