Once primarily the domain of the Christian right or the far left, home schooling is increasingly appealing to families that don’t consider themselves deeply religious or ideological.
There was a time when selecting a high school valedictorian was a straightforward affair: He or she with the top GPA in the class was appropriately crowned, and tasked with delivering the Big Speech. But these are hypercompetitive times, and while many high schools in the South Bay and beyond still abide by the old tradition, more and more are taking another approach.
The Sandy Hook massacre has cast a spotlight on a certain type of school-safety exercise that, until now, most K-12 schools didn't really have the stomach to adopt: the active-shooter drill.
A multitude of factors has caused California's relative standing in school spending to sink like a gold coin in a swimming pool. However, an infusion of money is on the way, thanks to two big game-changers.
Teachers and administrators at Palos Verdes High School were aware of the rumors swirling through the halls: a group of students were selling test answers to their peers.
It was 2006 when the pilot episode of "Top Chef" aired. At the time, the now-overcrowded culinary arts program at Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington didn't exist.
Julian Ruiz is an English speaker who doesn't know a word of Spanish or any other foreign language. Yet when the 7-year-old entered kindergarten in Torrance three years ago, he was classified as an English learner - a student not fluent in English. His mother says he is trapped in the school district's English Language Development program, giving him a label he doesn't deserve.
Nineteen-year-old Eevan Noah was a war refugee from Iraq, lucky to have escaped with her life, when she first set foot in San Pedro High School in 2009 knowing no English.
Real estate agents use them to tout the desirability of neighborhoods. Parents monitor them to choose schools. Principals live and die by them. But the API, the cornerstone of California's K-12 accountability system, has suddenly vanished.
In Julie Shankle’s English class at North High in Torrance, the Macbeth unit is no longer just the study of a 17th century play about a man who commits murder in a bid to become king and maintain power. Now, her 12th-grade students must mine data to produce an essay based on the prompt, “Is killing ever justified?”