Education

Former Centinela Valley Superintendent Jose Fernandez arrested on public corruption charges |Aug 30, 2017

Three years after Jose Fernandez was fired from his position at the helm of the Centinela Valley Union High School District after revelations of excessive compensation, the disgraced former superintendent was arrested Wednesday on public corruption charges.

‘One-stop’ Parent Center opening in Jurupa Valley |Aug 21, 2017

They register their kids in one place, head elsewhere for a bus pass and go to another location for language testing. Parents must travel a lot to receive various services in the Jurupa Unified School District.

Drinking lead: Why California may force all schools to test their water |Aug 20, 2017

When a therapy dog refused to drink at a San Diego grade school, it was the first clue that something was wrong with the water. Tests revealed why the pup turned up its nose—the presence of polyvinyl chloride, the polymer in PVC pipes that degrade over time.

These graphics offer a quick look at San Bernardino County schools |Aug 20, 2017

Education statistics can help tell schools’ stories. As San Bernardino County campuses get the new school year underway, ever wonder what’s the largest local school system? Or what dropout and graduation rates are in the county? Or how many youths, on average, are learning in local classrooms? While students and teachers get re-acclimated to their classrooms for the 2017-18 school year, here’s a graphics-driven look at education in San Bernardino County.

After Charlottesville, University of Virginia students worry about safety on campus |Aug 19, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia >> When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don’t forget that you are a minority.

UC Riverside scientists erase fear in mice, hope to help humans one day |Aug 18, 2017

Got a bad memory you’d like to get rid of? A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have developed a technique that might make that possible. Right now, you have to be a mouse to benefit from the process.

Hate crime expert says universities play a role in alt-right surge |Aug 18, 2017

Last week’s violent confrontation between white supremacist groups and counter protesters in Charlottesville, Va., began with a torchlight march on the University of Virginia campus that ended with the two sides battling one another.

Teachers turn solar eclipse into the ultimate teachable moment |Aug 18, 2017

Monday’s solar eclipse — the first at least partially visible from all 50 states since 1918 — is what educators call a “teachable moment.” “This is a huge event,” said Wendi Rodriguez, who teaches middle school science for Snowline Joint Unified in Phelan.

These five Inland Empire teens spent their summer vacations trying to change the world |Aug 17, 2017

For many of their peers, the summer vacation after high school graduation is a time for theme parks and the beach before the grind of the work world or college begins. “This is my last summer before I go to college,” said Apple Valley’s Samantha Stackelhouse, who graduated earlier this year from Excelsior charter high school in Victorville.

Pomona Host Lions, school district help first graders develop love for reading |Aug 16, 2017

Pomona Host Lions Club members are committed to service projects in the community, but a special one deals with literacy. Its Lions Roar for Reading involves first graders at nine

Longtime dance teacher at Fontana’s A.B. Miller High wins $20,000 grant |Aug 15, 2017

FONTANA >> Nicole Robinson never intended to spend 22 years at A.B. Miller High School in the Fontana Unified School District. “I started working here as just kind of this period between college and maybe wanting to pursue some things professionally,” she said.

Person with meth arrested during Rialto school traffic safety sweep |Aug 14, 2017

RIALTO >> Even with three Rialto police officers already writing tickets for three motorists for various traffic infractions near Kolb Middle School on Monday morning, a dark-colored compact car rolled through a posted stop sign in order for the driver to drop a child off.

More California school districts footing the bill for college entrance exams |Aug 13, 2017

An increasing number of school districts and charter school organizations in California are offering either the SAT or ACT, the other college readiness test, for free to all high school juniors. Newly published research concluded that one benefit — a statistically significant increase in four-year college enrollment — shows the effort is a smart investment.

More high school students are taking advanced placement classes, but are they ready for college? |Aug 12, 2017

Two studies released in recent days are worth looking at. One study shows that the number of students taking advantage of high school advanced placement courses has doubled over the past 15 years.

After 6 months on job, Education Secretary DeVos still highly divisive |Aug 12, 2017

WASHINGTON >> Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It’s a stark reminder of the bruising process that spurred angry protests, some ridicule and required the vice president’s tie-breaking “yes” vote.

Western University in Pomona inaugurates second president in 40-year history |Aug 12, 2017

POMONA >> For only the second time in its 40-year history, Western University of Health Sciences inaugurated a new president Saturday. The pomp and circumstance marked a ceremonial fresh start for Daniel R.

Celebrations at Fairplex mark start of new year, new president at Western University of Health Sciences |Aug 11, 2017

POMONA >> Western University of Health Sciences will celebrate a milestone today when inauguration ceremonies are held at Fairplex for the second president of the 40-year-old academic institution.

UCR researchers find way to thwart ovarian cancer, plan to work with City of Hope |Aug 9, 2017

A pair of UC Riverside researchers say they have found a mechanism for blocking the spread of ovarian cancer, one of the deadliest cancers for women. Recent University of Notre Dame transplants Mark Alber and Oleg Kim, along with a team of researchers, published a study in Oncology Times in July that detailed how they used a monoclonal antibody named GC-4 to block a protein responsible for allowing ovarian cancer cells to latch onto and penetrate other cells.

Rialto Unified superintendent drops off science supplies for first day of school |Aug 7, 2017

Rialto Unified Superintendent Cuauhtémoc Avila spent part of the first day of school on Monday dropping off science supplies at elementary school classrooms. Avila visited Boyd Elementary, Bemis Elementary and Kucera Middle School.

Why 3 crossing guards were not at this Rancho Cucamonga elementary school |Aug 7, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Parents and students at Jasper Elementary may have noticed something different during their morning trek on the first day of school.

California state universities add dorm rooms as strategy to raise graduation rates, provide affordable housing |Aug 6, 2017

Finishing touches were still being put to Cal State Channel Island’s new 600-bed dormitory named Santa Rosa Village when Jazzminn Morecraft moved in last fall. Early morning construction noise was worth enduring, she said, because of the social and academic benefits of living on the Ventura County campus, situated in a former state mental hospital surrounded by farmland and hillsides.

Record high vaccination rates of 7th-graders reported in 1st year of stricter requirements |Aug 5, 2017

Vaccination rates for California 7th-graders reached their highest recorded levels, the California Department of Public Health reported, in another sign that a stricter vaccination law is having an effect in its first year.

6 months later, Rubidoux High teachers still on leave for ‘Day Without Immigrants’ posts |Aug 5, 2017

When the bell rings to start the school year Tuesday, Aug. 8, the six Rubidoux High educators who were put on paid leave almost six months ago for social media posts that many said disparaged immigrant students won’t be on campus.

Some young immigrants are considering seeking their American dreams elsewhere |Aug 5, 2017

The United States was an inspirational place for Karla Estrada Sanchez’s parents, but she is starting to wonder whether the American dream could be turning into a nightmare for herself and other young immigrants.

Site of San Bernardino school shooting gets facelift as students return to campus |Aug 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Four months after a teacher’s estranged husband shot her, two students and himself at San Bernardino’s North Park Elementary School, the campus has been redesigned to ease bad memories.

North Park staff returning following shooting because ‘you don’t leave your family in the middle of a crisis’ |Aug 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> There was never any question about whether North Park Elementary School Principal Yadira Downing would return to campus this year, four months after

San Bernardino school shooting hit first responders harder than other incidents |Aug 4, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> “Walking in the building, you could still smell the gunpowder,” said San Bernardino police Officer Robert Snyder. He and dozens of first responders had raced to North Park Elementary School that sunny spring day where they found a horrifying scene inside Classroom B1.

Hoping to improve graduation rates, Cal State University makes abrupt shift in remedial programs |Aug 4, 2017

The California State University system is ditching its remedial programs. Recent data have shown that requiring students with weak English and/or math skills to take noncredit remedial classes before being allowed to enroll in regular courses may not be very effective.

Apple Valley Unified limits district police’s jurisdiction after Grand Jury report |Aug 4, 2017

The Apple Valley Unified School District sharply curtailed district police power Thursday night, five weeks after a San Bernardino County Grand Jury report that raised questions about towing practices conducted on behalf of the district.

This LA-area high school stopped offering AP classes to only ‘the smartest kids.’ Here’s what happened next. |Aug 3, 2017

Convincing Alhambra Unified School District parents and faculty it was a good idea to open its Advanced Placement program to all students was an intense battle for Gary Gonzales. It was 2008 when Gonzales, then the district’s director of secondary education, first took up the cause.

Cal State University to drop math, English placement tests |Aug 3, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California State University’s 23 campuses are eliminating math and English placement exams for incoming freshman as part of broader changes aimed at increasing graduation rates.

Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty mourn Midge the Llama |Aug 3, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Students and faculty at Cal Poly Pomona Thursday expressed an outpouring of grief and sadness at the death of one of the most popular figures on campus — Midge the Llama.

Aquinas High School in San Bernardino has three major projects planned for the coming year |Aug 2, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Aquinas High School students will find a much different campus this year — and administrators hope the rest of the city will, too. Three major projects are slated for completion in the coming school year: a refurbished gym in August, a new administration center in December and a new Performing Arts Center in February.

Rancho Cucamonga teen recognized for activism |Aug 2, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Maelin Aquino wasn’t going to wait to make the world a better place. Starting in middle school, Aquino worked with her family, putting together backpacks full of school supplies for less-fortunate students and collecting donations for impoverished communities in Africa.

No intermediate algebra, no problem: CSU ditches tricky math prerequisite |Aug 1, 2017

If you’re one of those students who dreads math — especially algebra — you’ll soon get a bit of a break at the California State University system. For years, intermediate algebra had been a prerequisite for the system’s general math classes, meaning even students who weren’t majoring in math- or science-related fields had to complete the course before they could complete their math requirement.

Parental pressure won’t keep Oxford Preparatory Academy open, district says |Aug 1, 2017

CHINO >> Oxford Preparatory Academy parents took to email over the weekend to implore the Chino Valley Unified school board to give the high-performing charter school one more chance. “I am writing to you as your constituent asking/demanding that you all call a special meeting regarding OPA and vote on our renewal,” Chino resident Alicia Hedrick wrote in a typical email.

Flooding closes most offices at Western University’s Patient Care Center until further notice |Aug 1, 2017

POMONA >> With the exception of the Pharmacy at Western U, the Western University of Health Sciences’ Patient Care Center will be closed until further notice following a

New class leads to big gains in number of girls, minorities taking AP computer science exams |Jul 30, 2017

Educators were cheering over newly released results from the College Board showing significant increases in the number of females, Latino and African-American students who took either the Advanced Placement computer science exam or the new computer science principles exam this spring.

Clean energy industry workshops to be held at 5 CSU campuses |Jul 30, 2017

The Cal State University will offer workshops at five local campuses to encourage study of clean energy entrepreneurship, officials announced this week. The university system received a $250,000 grant from the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s new Energize California initiative.

Home nursing visits provide wide-ranging benefits for mothers, young children |Jul 29, 2017

Children born to low-income, first-time mothers who received home nursing visits showed increased mental health, stronger social and emotional development and academic gains, according to researchers who analyzed the impact of the Nurse-Family Partnership program, one of the largest home visiting programs in the country.

Back-to-school, college spending expected to hit $83.6 billion |Jul 29, 2017

For many students, heading back to school after a long summer break ranks right up there with getting a root canal. But they’re not the only ones feeling the pain. Newly released figures from the National Retail Federation’s annual back-to-school survey show that families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average of $687.

Veterans could regain education benefits through legislation by Riverside Rep. Mark Takano |Jul 28, 2017

New legislation crafted by Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, would reinstate GI Bill benefits for veterans who were students at either ITT Technical Institute or Corinthian Colleges — which operated three Everest Colleges in the Inland Empire — before those schools abruptly closed their doors.

Renovations underway at North Park Elementary, site of San Bernardino school shooting |Jul 27, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> When students return to North Park Elementary School for the start of the new school year on Aug. 7, it won’t look like the same school that was the site of a shooting that left a teacher and a student dead in April.

Bloomington residents ask for school board support in battle to halt warehouses |Jul 27, 2017

BLOOMINGTON >> Eduardo Galvan Perez had been looking forward to walking his two young daughters to Zimmerman Elementary School for the next few years. Now he’s worried about how pleasant that will be once a nearly 680,000 square foot warehouse is built right across the street from the school in this unincorporated community.

Court ruling forces Oxford Preparatory Academy to shut down for now |Jul 25, 2017

RIVERSIDE >> The 4th District Court of Appeal has ruled against Oxford Preparatory Academy, clearing the way for the Chino Valley Unified School District to shut down the high-performing charter school, even as the legal battle continues.

Now for the hard part: translating vision for community colleges into student success |Jul 23, 2017

The stakes for the California community colleges — and California — are exceptionally high. The system serves 60 percent of all undergraduates in California — nearly three times the number enrolled in the University of California and California State University combined.

Free concerts to be held at libraries throughout Los Angeles County |Jul 21, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Several Los Angeles County libraries will turn into unlikely concert venues this summer and early fall, officials announced Friday. Some 21 free concerts will be offered at the libraries through Oct.

5 Claremont McKenna College students suspended for role in protest |Jul 21, 2017

CLAREMONT >> Claremont McKenna College has suspended five students for attempting to shut down a conservative author’s on-campus appearance.

UC Riverside researcher gets $14.9 million to thwart disease-carrying mosquitoes |Jul 21, 2017

A UC Riverside professor is leading a team whose goal is to reduce mosquito-borne diseases through genetic engineering. And he’s doing it with the largest amount of money ever received by a researcher at the campus, school officials said.

Southern California consortium to create Center for a Competitive Workforce |Jul 20, 2017

Workers with specialized skills are more important than ever to Southern California’s economy. But that trend has pushed many unskilled workers aside while also leaving employers scrambling to fill openings.