Beau Yarbrough


Beau Yarbrough

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Beau Yarbrough covers education and politics for The Sun and the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Recent articles

  • Charter schools

    Judge denies Oxford Preparatory’s last-ditch legal argument for survival

    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.The decision, however, isn’t the end for the high-scoring charter school. Judge David S. Cohn told lawyers for Chino Valley Unified and Oxford Prep he hopes both sides have “appellate briefs ready to go.”Should his...

  • Education

    CSUSB offers summer school grants

    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 summer session for eligible seniors.The CSUSB Graduation Initiative Grant was created at the direction of university President Tomás D. Morales in response to the

  • Math and science education

    International Space Station hosts Alta Loma middle school students’ experiment

    ALTA LOMA >> Forget putting a class project on the refrigerator: A group of Alta Loma Christian middle school students have their work orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station.Aboard the ISS is a cube designed and programmed by the Alta Loma “SpaceEagles” space science and engineering team. The cube has a light...

  • Education

    Tiny private Christian college in Colton offers bachelor’s degree for $12k

    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. The small number of students is all part of a plan.“We’d like to grow things to about 25 students per class,” said Eric Blum, president of Oak Valley College. “It doesn’t have to cost hundreds of millions to run a...

  • Graduation ceremonies

    Universities host cultural graduation ceremonies for blacks, Latinos, gays, veterans and others

    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. Brown College of Business and Public Administration will award an expected 661...

  • Charter schools

    Wednesday was last day of school for Chino’s Oxford Preparatory Academy — maybe forever

    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 Chino Valley Unified school board voted to not renew the high-performing K-8 school’s charter. Since then, Oxford officials have appealed to...

  • Safe Schools

    How schools in Apple Valley, Fontana do instant security checks on visitors

    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.In the time it takes to produce the badge, a new computerized system at all Apple Valley Unified schools will cross-reference your name in sex...

  • Crime

    Indicted for charter school fraud, former mayor used alias, returned to education business

    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.Calling himself “Ted Viera,” using his mother’s maiden name for his alias, Honeycutt was the manager of Innovative Academies. On the company’s

  • Gubernatorial elections

    John Chiang pushes back Rancho Cucamonga speech

    California state Treasurer John Chiang did not speak in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday.Chiang had been scheduled to speak Friday as the second of three speakers in the Inland Empire Economic Partnership’s Speaker Series of likely 2018 gubernatorial candidates. Former Assembly speaker and...

  • Charter schools

    Oxford Preparatory Academy takes charter renewal to court in ‘Hail Mary’ attempt

    CHINO >> Oxford Preparatory Academy’s last day of the school year is next week.Officials at the embattled but high-performing charter school have taken their case to court in one last-ditch effort to ensure June 14 isn’t the Chino campus’ last day ever.It looked like it was the end of the line for the school in May, when the