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UCLA students say ‘free speech is under attack’ and a conservative professor is the target

By Antonie Boessenkool|

As hate crimes rise in LA, new report says ‘hard left’ actions also pose threat

Violent clashes and arrests as a result of political intolerance increased in 2016 on California college campuses and at pro-Trump rallies, as did far-left extremism that could lead to more civil conflicts, researchers concluded in a report presented ...

By Susan Abram|


  • Education

    Mom who went to classes with quadriplegic son gets MBA from Chapman University

    ORANGE >> A Southern California university has awarded an honorary degree to the mother of a quadriplegic student after she attended every class with him and took his notes while he pursued his Master of Business Administration. Judy O’Connor, a retired elementary-school teacher, pushed her son Marty in his wheelchair for him to receive his degree during commencement Saturday at Chapman University in Orange. Then, a choked-up graduation announcer said the...

    The Associated Press|

  • Graduation ceremonies

    Crespi Carmelite celebrates Graduation 2017 in brown gowns and yellow cords

    Crespi Carmelite’s graduating class of 2017 looked #debonair Friday when they walked at graduation in brown gowns. If you’re reading this on a mobile device, use this link for the full story.

  • Education

    Another school rating system, more data on racial, ethnic disparities

    Using a new, multimeasure school rating system, the Oakland-based nonprofit GreatSchools has produced a fresh look at a stubbornly persistent problem: racial and ethnic gaps in student achievement in California schools. Among the findings in “Searching for Opportunity,” which was released on last week: • Only 2 percent of African-American students and 6 percent of Latino students attend what GreatSchools defines as high-performing and high-opportunity...

    By John Fensterwald EdSource|

  • Education

    How ‘Hamilton’ curriculum is bringing US history to life for students

    In the final scene of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton,” the cast takes center stage, gazes into the audience and sings in an emotional crescendo, “Who lives, who dies, who tells the story?” The lights dim, the crowd erupts, and the 2,000 high school kids in the audience know exactly who will tell the story: It’s them. Thanks to a curriculum project backed by the “Hamilton” creators, thousands of students at high schools in...

    By Carolyn Jones EdSource|

  • Higher education

    Cal State University trustees to discuss budget, graduation initiative

    Cal State University trustees will discuss in meetings this week the implications of Gov. Jerry Brown’s updated budget proposal, in which they didn’t get everything they wanted. CSU’s Board of Trustees next meeting will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at CSU Office of the Chancellor in Long Beach. CSU leaders will also discuss the progress of their graduation initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of students who earn degrees within four years of...

    Andrew Edwards

  • Alternative and sustainable energy

    There’s power in your poop and UC Riverside researchers want to find ways to use it

    Poop isn’t typically green, but it can help in turning the planet that way. This, of course, is no secret to composters, but poop might not be the first you think of when it comes to filling the tank of your car. Then again, you’re filling up with gas, and the two are inextricably linked. However, you are probably not using renewable gas. That term may sound like an oxymoron — how do you renew something you’ve burned? — but it refers to...

    Mark Muckenfuss

  • Education

    ‘Jeopardy!’ journey wraps up for Calabasas teacher Nan Cohen

    Calabasas teacher Nan Cohen was far ahead when she made a big, but calculated, bet on the penultimate episode of this year’s “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament. The English teacher at Viewpoint High School thought she surely would be able to get the correct question for an answer in the category of “Women Authors.” The prompt: “A 1936 New York Times review called the debut novel by this author ‘in all probability, the biggest book of the...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Graduation ceremonies

    Graduations begin at CSUN, where spring degrees set a school record

    NORTHRIDGE >> Their mortarboards suggested years of sacrifice, late nights in the campus library and bright futures based on new degrees from Cal State Northridge. More than 1,200 business and economics majors celebrated their triumph Friday morning during the first of seven 2017 commencement ceremonies on the Northridge campus. Administrators celebrated the 11,400 CSUN students to earn degrees this spring — a campus record. “CSUN graduates touch every sector,...

    Dana Bartholomew

  • Proms

    Special education students get their own ‘Buddy Prom’

    Special education students at John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills got their own exclusive dance on Thursday. They celebrated the end of the school year at the annual “Buddy Prom” with DJ music, snapshots in a photo booth and friends. The Buddy Prom is the culminating event for the Nice Buddies Association, a student group that brings together general education students and special education students to create an inclusive environment for students with...

    Antonie Boessenkool

  • Education

    LA charter school weighs election do-over after questions over fairness raised

    WOODLAND HILLS >> El Camino Real Charter High School’s governing board might cancel and restage its recent elections after concerns arose this week that the format may have given the board chairman an advantage over other candidates. The election results for the seats of two teacher representatives and a parent representative were set to be announced at Wednesday evening’s meeting, but after an El Camino Real parent and a teacher publicly urged board members to redo...

    Brenda Gazzar

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