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Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Columnist, Education

Teacher Tenure Becomes Key California Campaign Issue

Posted Sep. 13, 2014, 7:30 am

For three months, the time bomb that is the Vergara vs. California court decision lurked in the background as two of this fall’s major political contests gradually took shape.

News, Ucla, Education, Westwood, Usc

UCLA Ranks Ahead Of USC In Annual List Of Nation's Best Colleges

Posted Sep. 10, 2014, 9:09 am

U.S. News & World Report's annual list of the nation's best colleges released on Tuesday ranked UCLA tied for 23rd and USC tied for 25th.

Now cancer free, Santa Monica resident Justin D'Agostino excels in academics and research.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Resident Receives Prestigious CSU Trustees Award

Posted Sep. 7, 2014, 9:35 am

After battling through two cancer surgeries, Santa Monica resident Justin D'Agostino has emerged a bright and shining star.

Surf's up at Santa Monica beach for handicapped teenagers from Glendale special needs school.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Ocean

Tobinworld Students Ride The Waves In Santa Monica

Posted Jul. 13, 2014, 9:14 am

Students at Glendale's Tobinworld, the pioneering education and treatment center for autistic and emotionally disturbed youth, got a rare opportunity to surf the Pacific Ocean through a partnership with Buccaneer Board Riders, the premier clothier to the surfing world and Santa Monica-based Project Save Our Surf, an educational nonprofit dedicated to preservation of marine life.

USC Coaches and Banc of California launch a ticket giveaway to neighborhood children.

News, Sports, Santa Monica, Education, Youth

Banc Of California Focuses On Financial Literacy As Part Of USC Athletic Sponsorship

Posted Jul. 2, 2014, 9:03 am

Banc of California, Inc. has announced a focus on financial literacy in cooperation with the University of Southern California (USC) Athletics department as the company was named the “Official Bank of USC Athletics.”

Thomas J. Barrack, Jr.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Businessman Donates $15 Million To USC Business School

Posted Jun. 19, 2014, 8:53 am

The founder of an investment firm in Santa Monica has donated $15 million to USC, it was announced last week. Thomas J. Barrack, Jr., a USC trustee and real estate magnate, made the donation to the university’s Marshall School of Business.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon To Appear On “It’s Your Call” May 29

Posted May. 25, 2014, 12:00 am

CityTV’s live call-in program “It’s Your Call” will feature Sandra Lyon, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Superintendent on Thursday, May 29 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on cable channel 16.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Names New Principal For McKinley Elementary

Posted May. 19, 2014, 8:01 pm

The Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Susan Yakich as the new Principal of McKinley Elementary School.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Launches Special Education Satisfaction Survey

Posted May. 17, 2014, 8:00 am

The school district is launching a Special Education Satisfaction Survey on May 19.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Applications Sought For SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee

Posted May. 10, 2014, 9:15 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) is seeking qualified candidates who will bring a depth of business and/or financial expertise to the committee.

Outgoing 2013-14 CCCT President Manny Ontiveros of the North Orange County Community College District prepares to pass the gavel to SMC Trustee Dr. Louise Jaffe, elected CCCT President for 2014-15.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Education

New California Community College Trustees President Hails From Santa Monica

Posted May. 8, 2014, 12:48 pm

Santa Monica College trustee Dr. Louise Jaffe was elected president of the California Community College Trustees for 2014-15, it was announced today.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education

Whose University Of California Will It Be?

Posted May. 4, 2014, 7:19 am

As springtime admission and rejection letters went out from the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California, the squeeze on this state’s most promising high school graduates became tighter than ever before.

Cohort Graduation Rate Comparisons for SMMUSD, Los Angeles County, and the State of California.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Demonstrate Big Gains In Graduation Rate

Posted Apr. 30, 2014, 8:56 am

The California Department of Education has released new graduation rate data for the Class of 2013. The rate for SMMUSD’s Class of 2013 climbed to a remarkable 93.5 percent.

McKinley Elementary School was one of 75 schools across the country to be gifted a garden party this spring thanks in large part to generous corporate donations and in-kind support from the Whole Kids Foundation and its supplier partners.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Education

Whole Kids Foundation Garden Party At McKinley Elementary A Success

Posted Apr. 27, 2014, 8:00 am

Whole Foods Market Santa Monica and McKinley Elementary School spent Friday afternoon partying in the garden to celebrate their Whole Kids Foundation garden grant.

Environment, Santa Monica, Education, Youth

McKinley Elementary Named A Finalist In LA Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

Posted Mar. 27, 2014, 8:35 am

McKinley Elementary in Santa Monica has been named a finalist in L.A. County’s third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Board Of Education Special Meeting To Discuss Budget This Wednesday

Posted Mar. 22, 2014, 6:00 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, March 26 at 4 pm.

The St. Monica 5th Grade students on Tuesday.

News, St. Monica, Santa Monica, Education

St. Monica 5th Graders Complete 10-Week D.A.R.E. Program

Posted Mar. 16, 2014, 7:02 am

The fifth-grade class at St. Monica Catholic Elementary School gathered in their auditorium for a graduation ceremony on Tuesday, March 11 marking the completion of a 10-week D.A.R.E. program taught by Santa Monica police officer Austin Brown.

Amanda Gorman is the founding member of the New Roads’ chapter of Girls Learn International.

News, Santa Monica, Education, New Roads School

New Roads High School Star Students Shine In New York City

Posted Mar. 12, 2014, 9:47 am

New Roads High School sophomores Amanda Gorman and Alex Thorland have both earned high-profile accolades that will take them all the way to New York City this spring; Gorman for her student leadership, and Thorland for his acting prowess.

Lindsay Plotkin.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica Resident Named To Dean’s List At Dickinson College

Posted Mar. 4, 2014, 9:48 am

Santa Monica native Lindsay Plotkin, a senior philosophy major at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2013 semester. Plotkin is graduate of Brentwood School.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica's Olympic High School Receives State Recognition

Posted Mar. 2, 2014, 8:11 am

Olympic High School principal Janie Gates received notification from State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, that Olympic High School has been selected as a Model Continuation High School for 2014.

Santa Monica High School senior Ryan Roberts will participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

News, Music, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica High Senior Ryan Roberts To Participate In National Youth Orchestra

Posted Feb. 22, 2014, 6:47 am

Santa Monica High School senior Ryan Roberts and oboe player has been chosen, one more time, to participate in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Westside Neighborhood School Introduces Little Kids Rock Program

Posted Feb. 17, 2014, 8:04 am

Westside Neighborhood School has introduced the Little Kids Rock program into its elementary music curriculum to help revitalize music in the classrooms by providing an innovative program for teachers that includes free music lessons “aimed to engage and excite young students.”

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD’s Sandra Lyon Named Regional Superintendent Of The Year

Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:16 am

Region 14 of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), has named Sandra Lyon Superintendent of the Year due to her outstanding leadership.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Human Relations Council Endorses SMMUSD “Vision For Student Success” Program

Posted Feb. 9, 2014, 9:14 am

The Human Relations Council-Santa Monica Bay Area announced its endorsement of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s proposal for the Board of Education to allocate sufficient funds to supplement the total donations raised by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation as of Jan. 31, 2014.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education, Government

Some New California School Funding Plans Go Awry

Posted Feb. 8, 2014, 6:42 am

California Governor Jerry Brown and a lot of public school officials are just now rediscovering how right the 18th Century Scottish poet Robert Burns was when he observed that “The best laid plans of mice and men oft’ go astray.”

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