Education

California colleges transform remedial courses to raise graduation rates |Jun 25, 2017

Before Aida Tseggai could major in biology at Cal State Dominguez Hills, she had to catch up in math. She passed a non-credit remedial math class in the fall and then was offered a new pathway – a for-credit course in college-level algebra that provided extra class time, tutoring and review of more fundamental material.

Bright Futures Academy in Riverside — suspended after a student’s death — can accept new students again |Jun 24, 2017

State education officials have cleared Bright Futures Academy, an embattled school for special needs children, to again accept new students at its Riverside campus. The California

#RyseUp: Friends, family hold candlelight vigil to honor Ryse Williams, Redondo Union basketball player who died Thursday |Jun 23, 2017

Friends and family gathered Thursday night at Dominguez Hills Village basketball court in Carson, near the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus, to remember former Redondo Union High School basketball player Ryse Williams during a candleight vigil.

Judge denies Oxford Preparatory’s last-ditch legal argument for survival |Jun 23, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge ruled against embattled Oxford Preparatory Academy on Friday, saying the local school board didn’t violate state law when it declined to renew the school’s charter.

Message from Cajon High School’s class president inspires graduates |Jun 23, 2017

I had the opportunity to attend most of the graduations for the students in San Bernardino and chose to share with all students and family members the message from Cajon High School’s Senior Class President, Jonathan Rodgers.

Why a UC Riverside professor says the CIA engaged in human experimentation |Jun 23, 2017

U.S. officials engaged in illegal human experimentation during the post-9/11 rush to gather intelligence, a new report by a UC Riverside researcher says. “In the course of facilitating the crime of torture,” the report says, “U.

University of Redlands names new mascot for former first lady |Jun 23, 2017

REDLANDS >> Just call her Adelaide. Or Addie for short. The University of Redlands unveiled the name of its mascot-in-training Friday after conducting an in-community poll to come up with a name for the 10-week-old pup.

Why 30 Cal State San Bernardino students are heading to Mexico |Jun 21, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Less than 9 percent of U.S. students studying abroad are Latino, and few of them travel to the sometimes-maligned nation on the southern border.

University of Redlands names new dean of student affairs |Jun 20, 2017

REDLANDS >> After more than three decades, University of Redlands will have a new dean of student affairs. Donna M. Eddleman has been named to the position following a “national search,” according to the university.

Meet the future mascot of the University of Redlands |Jun 20, 2017

REDLANDS >> The future of the University of Redlands’ live mascot program is female. For the first time in its history, a female bulldog puppy is training to become the next mascot. “We found her from a lovely family in San Bernardino,” said Mary Littlejohn, U of R’s assistant director of alumni and community relations and the mascot-in-training’s handler.

How to participate in San Bernardino County Museum’s summer youth programs |Jun 20, 2017

REDLANDS >> The superhero power of animals. That was what the dozens of youths who became scientists for a day Tuesday at the San Bernardino County Museum set out to discover. “It’s a fun way to engage our students in a different way,” said Carolina Zataray, the museum’s curator of education, talking about the museum’s summer program.

CSUSB offers summer school grants |Jun 20, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Taking college courses over the summer won’t just save students time; this summer, it can save them money. A new $1 million grant will pay for up to 12 units during Cal State San Bernardino’s

Is California’s big investment in needy students paying off? Few signs yet that achievement gap is closing |Jun 19, 2017

California’s new system for funding public education has pumped tens of billions of extra dollars into struggling schools, but there’s little evidence yet that the investment is helping the most disadvantaged students.

Struggling California school districts still lack basic tools for student success |Jun 19, 2017

Researchers studying California’s new school funding system wish they could track the huge sums of money the state has sent to struggling students, and analyze what districts spent it on. They can’t because the financial data needed to do so isn’t available.

Here are the reading and math achievement gaps in 15 Southern California districts |Jun 19, 2017

California’s new funding formula sends more money to districts with foster youth kids learning English and students from low-income families. But significant gaps remain between their

Advocates of 3-year teacher tenure face big decision |Jun 18, 2017

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber and co-sponsoring teacher organizations got a win earlier this month when the Assembly overwhelmingly passed legislation to lengthen the probationary period for teachers.

International Space Station hosts Alta Loma middle school students’ experiment |Jun 18, 2017

ALTA LOMA >> Forget putting a class project on the refrigerator: A group of Alta Loma Christian middle school students have their work

How Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is giving for-profit colleges a break |Jun 17, 2017

Few probably expected either President Donald Trump or his Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to maintain the regulations put in place by the Obama Administration to hold for-profit colleges more responsible for their marketing practices and the effectiveness of their programs.

No high school diploma? You’ve got options! |Jun 17, 2017

If you’re done with high school, or about to be, and were unable to graduate, don’t give up. You can still get a high school diploma whether you dropped out or did not have enough course credits.

These spelling bee fathers love being D-A-D-S |Jun 17, 2017

Corona’s Happy Randhawa and Yusheng Chen of Chino Hills have at least two things in common. They’re devoted to their kids’ education. And, boy, can their kids spell. Their commitment has helped their children excel in school and taken the dads on trips — sometimes more than once — to the nation’s capitol as their children

Meet the new dean of the University of Redlands School of Business |Jun 16, 2017

The University of Redlands recently announced that Thomas A. Horan, previously dean of the Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management, has been named dean of University of Redlands School of Business, effective July 1.

Universities host cultural graduation ceremonies for blacks, Latinos, gays, veterans and others |Jun 16, 2017

SAN BERNARDINO >> Cal State San Bernardino will graduate an expected 2,907 students on Saturday. It won’t be the first time this month for many of them. On Saturday, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences will award degrees to an expected 1,039 graduates; the College of Art and Letters and the College of Education will award an expected 475 and 115 degrees in a joint ceremony; the Jack H.

Tiny private Christian college in Colton offers bachelor’s degree for $12k |Jun 16, 2017

COLTON >> There are small colleges and then there’s Oak Valley College. The college, which opened at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, has just nine students.

Thanks to the community, Mentone Elementary has a new playground structure |Jun 16, 2017

REDLANDS >> Mission accomplished: Mentone Elementary’s transitional-kindergarten and kindergarten students will have a new structure to play on come August. The structure was made possible by those who supported the school’s

Wednesday was last day of school for Chino’s Oxford Preparatory Academy — maybe forever |Jun 14, 2017

CHINO >> The metaphorical last bell of the 2016-17 school year rang at Oxford Preparatory Academy at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. No one knows if it will ring again. Fifteen months ago, the

Cal State University to guarantee qualified students a spot under California budget deal |Jun 14, 2017

Students who qualify for admission with the California State University system but are turned away by one or more of its 23 campuses would be guaranteed a slot elsewhere under a proposed state budget.

Redlands launches expanded free summer meal program |Jun 14, 2017

REDLANDS >> Brittainy Wilson believes a hearty meal is essential to “brain balance.” So when she heard of a new summer meal program coming to Redlands, the mom of four knew just where to turn.

Redlands Unified officials approve interim superintendent’s contract |Jun 14, 2017

REDLANDS >> The Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved Juan Lopez’s contract as Redlands Unified’s interim superintendent. The action comes as the district continues to move forward in its search to replace Lori Rhodes, whose retired Friday.

Rim of the World High School’s Class of 2017 graduation photos, videos |Jun 12, 2017

Students, friends and family celebrated the Class of 2017 by sharing photos and videos on Instagram as Rim of the World High School seniors graduated Thursday at the Lake Arrowhead school. Having trouble viewing this on a mobile device?

Southern California schools, company team up for free online tutoring |Jun 12, 2017

Thousands of students across Southern California could benefit from free online resources to get them ready for college. Five county offices of education — Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, Los Angeles and Imperial — have joined forces with the Bay Area nonprofit

How schools in Apple Valley, Fontana do instant security checks on visitors |Jun 11, 2017

APPLE VALLEY >> Visit the campus of Rancho Verde Elementary School, and the first thing you’ll be asked to do is hand over your driver’s license. You’ll get it back a minute or so later, and if all goes well, you’ll also get a sticker ID badge that includes the photo off your license and your name.

A.K. Smiley Public Library launches Summer Reading Program |Jun 10, 2017

REDLANDS >> The A.K. Smiley Public Library wants to help children learn how to build a better world — one book at a time. On Tuesday, the library launches its annual Summer Reading Program in an effort to entice youngsters to explore different lands, characters and adventures.

UC Riverside professor Reza Aslan dropped by CNN after Trump tweet |Jun 10, 2017

CNN has dropped UCR’s Reza Aslan from its lineup, following a weekend tweet by Aslan comparing President Donald Trump to human waste. Aslan, a professor of creative writing at UC Riverside, hosts the CNN series “Believer,” which looks at world religions.

San Bernardino high school grads key to making San Bernardino strong again |Jun 10, 2017

During the past two weeks, I attended more than ten graduation exercises and witnessed wonderful and intelligent young men and women complete one phase of life and prepared to continue on the ladder of success.

Universities host cultural graduation ceremonies for blacks, Latinos, gays, veterans and others |Jun 9, 2017

In a sea of decorated graduation caps, Jesus Partida’s was especially colorful, with a rainbow of large letters on top spelling out: “Young Latinx and Proud!” The Garden Grove resident was alongside hundreds of fellow Latino students to celebrate their graduation.

REV, The Grove School hold graduation ceremonies in town |Jun 9, 2017

REDLANDS >> The Redlands Bowl became Wildcat Territory Thursday night, as Redlands East Valley High School celebrated its Class of 2017. Of the 1,730 students graduating from the Redlands Unified School District this year, 527 are from REV and helped add to what Miki Inbody called earlier this week a “well-rounded” student population.

How a UC Riverside lab is pointing the way to filtering salty water |Jun 9, 2017

Treating salty water is becoming more and more of an issue for regions such as the Inland Empire. Growing population and water shortages mean more wastewater needs to be treated for reuse. That water often has high salinity.

Indicted for charter school fraud, former mayor used alias, returned to education business |Jun 9, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Five years after he was indicted on 34 charges related to the failure of the largest chain of charter schools in California and facing up to 20 years in prison, former Hesperia mayor Tad Honeycutt went back into the education business.

1 in 5 Cal State students and 1 in 8 CSUSB students graduate in 4 years |Jun 9, 2017

Just 21 percent of the students who enrolled at a Cal State University campus in 2012 — and just 12 percent of Cal State San Bernardino students — graduated in four years, far fewer than the system would like.

Chris Clarke to retire as San Bernardino Valley College’s ‘Guide to the Stars’ |Jun 9, 2017

They’ve called him “Starman” and the “Guide to the Stars,” but Chris Clarke doesn’t mind. As the planetarium specialist at San Bernardino Valley College, Chris is in his element — the cosmos — surrounded by all things celestial.

Cal State San Bernardino hosts free summer movie series |Jun 8, 2017

Free summer movies are coming back to Cal State San Bernardino starting June 22. Bring family and friends to enjoy movies on the lawn at the university’s John M. Pfau Library. The annual series kicks off at 8 p.

Yucaipa High School students, family share graduation 2017 photos |Jun 8, 2017

Graduating Yucaipa High School students, their families and friends shared photos and videos from the Class of 2017 commencement ceremony at the school. Having trouble viewing this on a mobile device?

1 in 5 Cal State students graduate in 4 years |Jun 8, 2017

Just 21 percent of the students who enrolled at a Cal State University campus in 2012 graduated in four years, far fewer than the system would like. Jeff Gold, assistant vice chancellor of student success initiatives, research and innovation presented the new figure during a state Senate committee hearing this week.

Wrong Rancho Cucamonga school named in state lead report due to error |Jun 8, 2017

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Cucamonga Valley Water District said Thursday incorrect lead levels at Cucamonga Elementary School were accidentally reported to the state’s water board. The error occurred when a third-party lab, contracted by the water district, reported the samples of another school site within its service area to the State Water Resources Control Board, said Rob Hills, water treatment manager at Cucamonga Valley Water District.

Citrus Valley High School celebrates Class of 2017 |Jun 8, 2017

REDLANDS >> Citrus Valley High School celebrated its 503 graduates with a commencement ceremony Wednesday at the Redlands Bowl. Graduation season began late last month, with Redlands Unified School District officials recognizing the “well-rounded” Class of 2017.

Superintendent Lori Rhodes will still cheer Redlands Unified from the ‘sidelines’ |Jun 8, 2017

REDLANDS >> Lori Rhodes never planned to go into teaching, even though she comes from a family of educators. But working at the University of Redlands allowed Rhodes to attend class as an employee, and she took advantage of the benefit.

Angry Cal State San Bernardino students denounce faculty senate |Jun 8, 2017

A group of about 25 students raised makeshift signs and shouted about their dissatisfaction with the Cal State San Bernardino Faculty Senate and called for an investigation of the governing body on Thursday, June 8.

2 Rancho Cucamonga schools test positive for lead |Jun 7, 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story first published with erroneous information provided by the state. In it, the wrong elementary school was identified as having unsafe levels of lead in the water.

UC to pay $595 an hour for audit investigation |Jun 7, 2017

The University of California will pay up to $210,000 for an independent investigation into a recent state audit that accused the system of failing to disclose hundreds of millions of dollars and tampering with a survey sent to campuses that was supposed to remain confidential.

After more than half a century, Trinity Episcopal Nursery School director says farewell |Jun 7, 2017

REDLANDS >> Beverly Gaston has helped raise three generations of Redlanders. The woman known as “Aunt Bev” has been teaching Redlands preschoolers for more than 50 years at Trinity Episcopal Nursery School.