• Arrests

    Former Centinela Valley Superintendent Jose Fernandez arrested on public corruption charges

    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. Fernandez, 57, was booked into county jail at 9:30 a.m., according to online records. • RELATED:

    Larry Altman
    Megan Barnes

  • Education

    San Bernardino, Banning, Hemet receive state grants to improve student attendance

    School districts serving San Bernardino, Banning and Hemet are among nearly three dozen education systems in California to be awarded a share of more than $35 million to improve student attendance. The money comes as a result of Assembly Bill 1014, known as the Learning Communities for School Success Program, which was signed into law last year. Thirty-four school districts and county offices of education will receive grants to curb chronic absenteeism, which the California...


  • Education

    These graphics offer a quick look at San Bernardino County schools

    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...

    Staff report|

  • Drinking water quality

    Drinking lead: Why California may force all schools to test their water

    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. But further analysis found something else that had gone undetected by the dog, the teachers and students of the San Diego Cooperative Charter School, and the school district: elevated levels of lead. Nor is this an...

    By Elizabeth Aguilera CALmatters|

  • Student exchange programs

    Program gives San Bernardino, Japanese students a chance to experience each other’s cultures

    For the past few days, we have experienced devastating challenges in this country. While we are contemplating ways not to get along with people we think are different, these six exchange students are participating in a home/family exchange program where they travel to a strange land, live with people they don’t know anything about, and learn the contributions and cultures of others. What I enjoyed the most during a recent “Sayonara party” was hearing of the...

    By Margaret Hill Columnist|

  • Safe Schools

    After Charlottesville, University of Virginia students worry about safety on campus

    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. “She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned about that, always know her surrounding, just be cautious, just be extremely cautious,” said Valentine, 57, a retired military officer who now works at the Defense Department. As classes begin at colleges and...

    By MARIA DANILOVA Associated Press|

  • Scientific research

    UC Riverside scientists erase fear in mice, hope to help humans one day

    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. But Jun-Hyeong Cho, a professor of cell biology and neuroscience and postdoctoral researcher Woong Bin Kim hope the work they are doing can one day be used on humans, particularly those who may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or crippling...

    Mark Muckenfuss

  • Education

    Teachers turn solar eclipse into the ultimate teachable moment

    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. “For some of these kids, it might be once in a lifetime.” Southern California is about 657 miles from seeing the sun be fully eclipsed by the moon, as it will be in...

    Beau Yarbrough

  • Race and ethnicity

    Hate crime expert says universities play a role in alt-right surge

    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. Colleges and universities have been frequent focal points in recent clashes involving those with extreme right-wing views. Violence recently broke out at UC Berkeley when Breitbart editor and author Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak. Citing...

    Mark Muckenfuss

  • Veterans

    Crafton Hills College expands its support of veterans

    YUCAIPA >> Veterans attending Crafton Hills College have a new site they can visit for help. The college campus held a grand opening Friday for its new Veterans Resource Center, which will be open five days a week. Carla Thornton, an Air Force veteran and a counselor at the center, said it “will provide a space for our student veteran population or any student utilizing...

    Kristina Hernandez

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