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UCLA researcher’s death draws scrutiny to lab safety

Video: Adithya Sambamurthy/CIR Read full transcript Update, July 27, 2012: News from the court hearing has been added. Four days after Christmas 2008, a 23-year-old research associate working in a UCLA laboratory accidentally pulled the plunger out of a syringe while conducting an experiment. The syringe contained a solution that combusts upon contact with air.

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New online tests hold promise, perils

A student at Townsend Elementary School in the Appoquinimink School District in Delaware takes a computer-based test.   Sarah Garland/The Hechinger Report TOWNSEND, Del. – On a recent afternoon at Townsend Elementary School here, a little boy squinted at a computer screen and gripped his mouse. He was stuck. Half of the screen contained an article

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Flexibility helps charter schools to thrive in down economy

Public charter schools in California are skirting the worst impact of the state’s budget crisis, even as traditional public schools shorten the school year, increase class sizes and lay off teachers and staff. READ FULL STORY | GRAPHIC: NEW SCHOOLS | GRAPHIC: GROWTH | FAQ

Sep 24, 2010
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Despite state subsidies, class sizes begin to rise again in California schools

Most of California's largest school districts are increasing class sizes in kindergarten through third grade, eroding the most expensive education reform in the state’s history.

 California Watch surveyed the 30 largest K-12 school districts in the state and found that many schools are pushing class sizes to 24 in some or all of the early

Nov 19, 2009
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How do California student-teacher ratios compare?

Select any state on the left to see how it compares to California in terms of student-to-teacher ration for public, K-12 schools. Source:  National Education Association (NEA) Rankings and Estimates 2006–07. Figures refer to the ratio between students and all full-time, credentialed teaching staff in a school during the 2006-2007 school year. This is the most recent

Nov 19, 2009
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Are California class sizes increasing?

A California Watch survey of the state's 30 largest, K-12 school districts found that class sizes in kindergarten through third grade are increasing beyond 20 in many districts. In general, the figures in this map refer to teacher-student ratios set by the district for the 2009-10 school year. Actual class size may vary at individual

Nov 19, 2009
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Rising Class Sizes: Where the story appeared

California Watch’s report on class size appeared in various media, including several newspapers including the Los Angeles Daily News, Modesto Bee and the San Diego Union-Tribune. As a part of our collaboration with KQED Radio, the class size story also aired on KQED's The California Report. The program was also heard on more than two

Nov 19, 2009
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FAQ: How class-size reduction works in California

Get the answers to your questions about California's class-size reduction program as well as who to contact How did the program start? The program was initiated in 1996, to reduce average class sizes in K-3 grades to 20 students to every teacher. At the time, K-3 class sizes in California averaged 28.6 students, among the

Nov 19, 2009
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