Education

Advocates: More transparency needed for new education funds

School districts make financial reports available to the public, but advocates say those reports are missing a lot of funding information.

California aims to reflect diversity in classroom studies

On Thursday, the Instructional Quality Commission is scheduled to consider whether to forward a proposed plan to the California Board of Education.

New census methods include outreach to young children

Census officials are trying new ways of reaching hard-to-find residents, including teaching their children to be evangelists for the count.

Kids design the darnedest water-wise cities

City planners and public works officials heard plans from elementary and middle school students on ways to build a more water-friendly city.

California graduation rates up for struggling students

Latino, African American, American Indian, and English learner students are improving their graduation rates more than the statewide average.

Fight On: 96-year-old becomes oldest USC graduate

World War II veteran thought he'd already graduated when he skipped commencement exercises in 1953, but he was one unit short. University officials helped him finish and get zoology degree.

Career and technical education: Boom or bust?

Vocational education in high schools fell out of favor decades ago. A key researcher says a lot has to change for career and technical education to succeed today.

Preschool advocates dismayed at Brown's plan

Governor doesn’t believe the state should pay for middle- and upper-income children to attend transitional kindergarten, says analyst at the California Department of Finance.

Music teachers dip into their own paychecks to push students forward

For decades, an association of LAUSD elementary music teachers have taken salary reductions to fund scholarships for private lessons for exceptional students.

Report: California ranks low on preschool quality and access

Even though California spent $45 million more on early education last year than it did the year before, the state only managed to enroll 298 more kids in preschool.

USC gets $200M donation to create cancer research institute

A $200 million gift from tech entrepreneur Larry Ellison marks one of the largest donations in USC's history, the university said Thursday.

UC panel adopts expanded student-athlete protections

The new policy would expand upon a 2012 state law that required the four California universities in the Pac-12 Conference to continue providing financial support to athletes permanently side-lined by injuries.

A play about middle school, brought to you by high schoolers

The play is called "Kaleidoscope" and it explores the rollercoaster that is junior high. The play is performed by high schoolers who consulted preteens to develop it.

LAUSD chief wants more school choices, less central control

Superintendent Michelle King shared a list of priorities Wednesday — one of the clearest indications yet of how the she hopes to make her mark on L.A. Unified.

Report: California making strides with English learners

Some California schools are tackling English learner education by targeting students who've been in the programs for five years or more.

Union: Loss of students to charters costs LAUSD $500 mill.

Students choosing to enroll in charter schools instead of LAUSD schools cost the district $508.2 million in net revenues, according to a report commissioned by the teachers union.