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Education

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Savannah Badalich - PHOTO BY KARIN YUEN/7,000 IN SOLIDARITY
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  • Savannah Badalich
After Savannah Badalich was raped in her sophomore year at UCLA, an experience she wrote about for both her campus newspaper and the Huffington Post, she's become the face of sexual assault victims at her school.

She's received rape threats in the comment section of articles she's posted online. An anonymous student on UCLA's Reddit page called her a hypocrite for wearing makeup and skirts on campus, saying they made her "look provocative." And her dating life? It's difficult; the nice guys are often too shy to flirt with her.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tuck, left; Torlakson, right
  • Tuck, left; Torlakson, right
UPDATE: Tuck has succeeded in forcing incumbent Torlakson into a November runoff last night, with 99.4 percent of the vote counted. And that means an all-out Education War on the November ballot. See below.

The early vote-by-mail ballots are in, and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson is in the lead with 49 percent, followed by well-known charter school proponent Marshall Tuck with 27.4 percent and teacher Lydia A. Gutiérrez with 23.4 percent.  

If Tuck and Gutierrez keep Torlakson below 50 percent in this June 3 primary (an unknown at this point), California will see a massive, nationally-funded war between teachers union ally Torlakson and a growing reform movement (in this case, in the person of Tuck) that believes teachers' unions are part of the problem facing failing schools.

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McKenna - COURTESY MCKENNA CAMPAIGN.
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  • McKenna
UPDATE: With 100 percent of precincts reporting, George McKenna and Alex Johnson are the top two winners who will face each other in August. See below. 

Super-principal George McKenna and school reform advocate Alex Johnson have jumped out in front of a big pack in the L.A. Unified Board of Education special election to replace District 1 representative Marguerite LaMotte. McKenna has 38.79 percent, Johnson 25.19 percent, and relative unknown Sherlett H. Newbill has 9.44 percent.

But these figures count only the early, vote-by-mail ballots, so take them with a grain of salt. Having said that, former LAUSD Board of Education member Genethia Hudley-Hayes and reality TV star Omarosa Manigault are far back, with about 7 percent each.

Assuming no candidate finishes with more than 50 percent in tonight's June 3 primary, the top two face each other in August - that's right, August, when no other race is happening, and everyone in L.A. will be on vacation. Turnout will likely be only a few thousand souls deciding who joins the powerful if obscure LAUSD board.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Maria Klawe, closing the gender gap in science and engineering. - RYAN ORANGE
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  • Maria Klawe, closing the gender gap in science and engineering.
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue.

Until she was 12, Maria Klawe had exactly one piece of new clothing that was bought especially for her and not a hand-me-down from an older sister: a stretchy, royal blue, knit T-shirt the same color as her piercing eyes, which she loved and wore like no other item in her wardrobe.

She's made magnificent leaps since her humble beginnings, but that shirt still has an impact. Looking around her office at Claremont's Harvey Mudd College, of which Klawe is president, its color is reflected in sofas, in the cover of a tissue box and even in her clothes and their several shades of blue.

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Angeles Echols Brown's nonprofit has helped more than 3,500 kids excel academically. - RYAN ORANGE
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  • Angeles Echols Brown's nonprofit has helped more than 3,500 kids excel academically.
One of the fascinating Angelenos featured in L.A. Weekly's People 2014 issue. Check out our entire People 2014 issue.

Angeles Echols Brown refers to the kids of Educating Young Minds as her "babies." And when her digital platform Access/No Excuse launches, she'll be able to educate them from preschool all the way through college and into the job search.

Since its start nearly 30 years ago, EYM has grown from a one-woman operation run out of Echols Brown's one-bedroom apartment into a multifaceted nonprofit that has helped more than 3,500 at-risk students excel thanks to tutoring and support, both academic and emotional.

Raised by a single mother in Memphis, Echols Brown credits her faith, and the help of her mother and others - "whatever she couldn't provide, she kept us surrounded by people who could help us" - for her admission to Cornell University. As a premed student who loved the arts, she laughs, "I didn't go to Cornell to do this - I wanted to be a singing physician."

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Monday, May 5, 2014

Occidental College at night. - JASON BACHE
A former campus safety officer at Occidental College tells L.A. Weekly that from 2009 to 2013, administrators never gave him any reports of sexual assaults made anonymously - even though college officials are required by federal law to give these reports to the safety office. "Nothing ever came to our department," Edward Cunje says, raising questions about  whether reports were, in some cases, omitted from the official record. 

Cunje's revelation comes as Oxy tries to emerge from a national controversy that erupted last year when college administrators were accused by a group of students and professors of covering up sexual assaults on campus.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

UCR ALUMNI
  • UCR Alumni
We're used to seeing the likes of Caltech, UCLA and USC on lists of the most prestigious universities in the world and country.

See also: UCLA Is a Top 10 Global University

But it's rare that a UC Riverside or a Cal State Long Beach makes the top echelon of any such ranking. Until now. 

You see, the Obama administration has proposed its own system of assessing schools based on graduation rates, affordability, and the number of students who receive federal grants. Time magazine recently went ahead and did its own ranking of universities based on White House criteria:

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Education

2 Students Arrested in Brawl With Santa Monica Teacher (VIDEO)

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Tue, Apr 8, 2014 at 4:07 PM
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Updated at the bottom with charges filed against the older teen. First posted at 4:27 p.m. Monday.

Two male students were arrested following a videotaped classroom brawl with a science teacher at Santa Monica High School on Friday. One of the two had a box cutter and marijuana on him the day of the fight, cops allege.

Despite reports claiming charges have been filed, a District Attorney's spokeswoman said that was not the case, at least not yet. Santa Monica police told us the same.

But cops were recommending that prosecutors throw the book at the two teen suspects:

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Education

More Students Are Choosing Colleges by Price, UCLA Says

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Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 8:04 AM
There was a time when high school seniors, even poor ones, set their sights on a university first and figured out how they would pay for it later.

But with tuition up as much as 104 percent in 10 years, the average student in 2012 shouldering nearly $30,000 in debt, and nearly $1 trillion in federal student debt going unpaid, young Americans heading off to college are more price-conscious than ever.

That, at least, is according to a new survey from UCLA's Cooperative Institutional Research Program:

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Education

UCLA Is a Top 10 Global University

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Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 9:03 AM
UCLA'S ROYCE HALL VIA JOJOLAE/FLICKR
  • UCLA's Royce Hall via jojolae/Flickr
The annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings are out, and two Southern California schools made the top 10 on a list of 100 of the best universities on the planet.

See also: UCLA a Top 8 University, According To Times Higher Education World Ranking

Caltech, a perennial top school for Times Higher Education, came in ninth. And UCLA came in 10th. The Westwood school dropped two spots after ranking eighth last year (which was up from ninth in 2012).

USC ... 

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