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California Teachers’ Candidate Wins Superintendent Position

With elections still fresh in the minds of voters, there are some noteworthy wins that took place in our country. One such win occurred in California for the Superintendent of Public Instruction position. This office is the highest level educator in the state and provides direction to the school districts of California and serves on state governing boards. One of the candidates vying for this position in the election was Larry Aceves who is a former teacher, county superintendent and principal.

The other candidate was veteran state assemblyman and former teacher Tom Torlakson who was supported by the California Federation of Teachers. Torlakson was the victor in Tuesday’s election gaining almost 55 percent of the votes, which is great news for California public school teachers. Torlakson is known widely for being a fan of the book The Death and Life of the Great American School System which criticizes charter schools and business-driven school reforms, as well as the No Child Left Behind program. Read the rest of this entry »



NBC’s School Pride Premieres with Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California

Enterprise School KidsThe premiere episode of School Pride features Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California, and in true NBC fashion, it begins similar to the NBC hit The Biggest Loser. With dramatic photos, voice overs, chilling scenes of failure, and an eventual comment about how America is undergoing an epidemic of inadequate educational institutions and programs, viewers needed to grab tissues from the opening scene.

It was heartbreaking to see children and teachers with so much passion for scholastic success, but no means to assist them in their endeavors.

For every episode, Former Miss USA and Designer Susie Castillo, Comedian Kim Whitley, Political Journalist Jacob Soboroff and Team Leader and Voice Over Host Tom Stroup, come together to spearhead the restoration projects. Read the rest of this entry »



Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride

Hollenbeck Middle School

Photo Credit: Jacob Soboroff

Hollenbeck Middle School in Los Angeles, California featured on NBC’s School Pride.

Production and renovation for on NBC’s School Pride occurred from August 22 to August 28, 2010.

Established: 1995

Grades: 6-8th

School District: Five School District

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Needles High School in Needles, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride

Needles High School MustangsNeedles High School in Needles, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride.

Production and renovation for on NBC’s School Pride occurred from August 13 to August 19, 2010.

Established: 1924

Grades: 9-12

School District: Needles Unified School District

School Type: Public High School

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Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies in Los Angeles, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride

LACES UnicornsLos Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) in Los Angeles, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride.

Production and renovation for on NBC’s School Pride occurred in early July 2010.

Established: 1977

Grades: 6-12

School District: Los Angeles Unified School District

School Type: Public Magnet

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Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California Featured on NBC’s School Pride

Learn more in our Enterprise Middle School episode recap.

Enterprise Middle School in Compton, California will be the first school featured on NBC’s School Pride, a new reality show that travels the country renovating schools in need of repair and restoration. The work on Enterprise occurred from March 31 to April 12, 2010.

Learn more about Enterprise Middle Schoolenterprise middle school

Grades: 6, 7, 8

School District: Compton Unified District School District

School Type: Pubic Middle School

Mascot: Eagles

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Poisonous Spiders Invade California Elementary School

black-widowParents and students reported discovering an alarming number of black widow spiders inside classrooms at Ross Elementary School in Kearny Mesa, California. Students spot more spiders daily. One of the small yet poisonous arachnids was seen crawling across a wall, another was found in a recycling bin.

The school is attempting to find a solution to the problem amidst an outcry from parents. “If one gets in a desk at night and the kid doesn’t know, gets in there and reaches for something, you never know what’s going to happen,” one parent told 10News. One classroom was fumigated last friday, but more spiders have been seen since then. “I think the whole school needs to be fumigated,” said parent Samantha McMann.

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UC Berkeley to Cut 5 Sports Teams

Berkley RugbyIt has been announced that the University of California-Berkeley plans to save $4 million next year by cutting five sports teams. The elimination of the men’s rugby, men’s baseball, men’s and women’s gymnastics and women’s lacrosse teams was disclosed in a letter by Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, which was released to Berkeley students, faculty, staff and Cal supporters earlier this week.

“The senior administration working closely with Intercollegiate Athletics have concluded that we cannot sustain the level of excellence we expect of everything that we do at Cal and still maintain all of the Intercollegiate Athletic sports that we currently do,” he said in the letter.

While rugby will no longer be considered an intercollegiate sport by the department, the team, with its status as a club, will be able to compete both nationally and internationally. Though, according to the letter, a solid plan is not yet in place to follow through with this transition. Read the rest of this entry »



Bill Needed to Put Free Water on the California Lunch Menu

school-lunch-trayAt many public schools in California, free water isn’t on the school lunch menu. According to California Food Policy Advocates, 40 percent of the schools that responded to their online survey said that students didn’t have access to free potable water in areas where meals are served. For students at schools where lunches are not provided for free, that means they must purchase bottled water.

California state Senator Mark Leno introduced a bill to change that statistic. The bill will require schools to provide students with drinking water free of charge. The bill passed the Assembly and Senate, and only awaits Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s signature to be passed into law.

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The Best Oktoberfest Celebrations in the U.S.

OktoberfestAsk almost any college student what their favorite type of beer is, and you are likely to get a long babble about a particular brand or style and how this beer is the best beer in the world. However, we college students don’t know squat about beer compared to the Germans.

In Germany, there is a 16-day long festival devoted to beers, drinking beer, singing songs about beer, and just about any other beer-related activity you can think of. What is this fantastic beer-belly-inducing celebration called? Oktoberfest!

The original Oktoberfest is held in Munich, Germany every September. It is also the world’s largest fair, with around six million people attending every year. This year is the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, and the celebrations will start on September 18 and last until October 4, 2010. Read the rest of this entry »





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