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UCLA officials bend travel rules with first-class flights, luxury hotels

At UCLA, Chancellor Gene Block and 17 deans who oversee the schools of business, film and theater, law, medicine and others spent about million on travel and entertainment from 2008 to 2012.Prayitno/Flickr Thirteen years ago, the University of California changed its ban on flying business or first class on the university’s dime, adding a special […]

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Despite need, no plans to add veterans health centers at more colleges

Daniel Acree visits the Veterans Resource Center at City College of San Francisco. The idea for creating the center, which includes a clinic and social lounge, started with the campus, not the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.Monica Lam/KQED As a community college classmate brushed off the significance of civilian war casualties, Daniel Acree, a machine […]

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Oakland district embraces community schools model in ambitious reform plan

Daniel Hurst, who until the end of this school year was the principal of Fremont High School in Oakland, Calif., discusses his district’s approach to community schooling. The Oakland Unified School District has started a campaign for full-service community schools, equipped with staff trained to support students’ social, emotional and health needs, as well as […]

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Long-neglected law on teacher evaluations rises to forefront

Melrose Elementary teachers and its principal, Bernadette Lucas, took part in Los Angeles Unified School District’s pilot teacher evaluation program, which factored in student achievement to determine teacher effectiveness.Carlos A. Moreno / The Center for Investigative Reporting LOS ANGELES – The road to an agreement on teacher evaluations has been a long and costly one […]

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California struggles to assess teacher training programs

Graduate students in the teacher preparation program at California State University, Northridge discuss their student teaching assignments. Before they graduate, they will spend hundreds of hours in classrooms across the greater Los Angeles area.Jackie Mader / The Hechinger Report NORTHRIDGE, Calif. ­­– On a recent afternoon at California State University, Northridge, Nancy Prosenjak was attempting […]

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California test for aspiring teachers serving as model for national exam

Mario Martinez, a graduate student in California State University, Northridge’s teacher preparation program, examines a high school algebra test he created for a class assignment.Jackie Mader / The Hechinger Report NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – It took less than a minute for Mario Martinez to finish the first six questions of the algebra exam that his professor, […]