It is often said that, to succeed academically, students need just one adult on campus to believe in them. For Kevin Qualls, a recent graduate of El Segundo High, that person was the school custodian.
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.
El Segundo High School has fired its two longtime cheer coaches after members of the team and parents complained that they contributed to a “Mean Girls” culture by playing favorites, issuing threats and ostracizing certain girls, among other things.
Inspired by a book outlining the ways in which girls are outperforming boys in school, teacher Alex Carrera came up with the idea for "Diego's Dudes," a reading club that involves her, a handful of fourth-grade boys who struggle with reading and her Chihuahua, Diego.
Melanie Perez wishes she could have played the saxophone. Octavio Reyes would have liked to take a computer science class. Both students at San Pedro High School say they can't sign up for these electives because, at some point in their school careers, they were stuck having to take remedial classes for English learners - even though both speak English fluently and have performed reasonably well on English tests.
From coast to coast, the passage of the California Dream Act has prompted loud cheers from supporters and bitter outrage from critics. But for Vilma Nerio, a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in Carson - and an undocumented student - last weekend's signing by Gov. Jerry Brown felt almost inconsequential.
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With its plethora of both wealthy and poor students - and relatively few students in between - Santa Barbara Junior High School has demographics that mirror those of the South Coast, which experts say is losing its middle class.
Traditionally, Christmas is known as a day of traveling, eating, unwinding and unwrapping. But not everyone in Santa Barbara is experiencing a traditional Christmas Day. Today, as thousands indulge in the joys of tearing paper, laughing children, sentimental music and hot cider, others in Santa Barbara will march to the beat of a different drummer boy. They will wait for emergency calls at a fire station, serve food at a swanky hotel in Montecito, counsel dangerous inmates in the Santa Barbara County Jail or lie dying in a hospice.