FROM Ellie Herman
Back to School: Class Sizes Some 650,000 students went back to school yesterday in Los Angeles and most of them returned to crowded classrooms. Some classes can have more than 40 kids in them. And that means, of course, less time with the teacher. We look at what that means for education in Los Angeles.
Education Lawsuit Verdict This morning, an L.A. Superior Court judge ruled in favor of students who sued the state to change the way teachers are dismissed. The case, known as Vergara v. California, has been closely watched in education circles. The lawsuit argues that strong teacher job protections have made it all but impossible to get rid of ineffective educators.
Common Core 101 The Common Core State Standards Initiative has stirred up a lot of controversy and confusion as it continues to roll out across the country. It’s supposed to establish nationwide standards for what K-12 students should know at the end of each grade. It also aims to encourage analytical thinking with more writing-based curriculums. But it’s up to states to figure out how to implement it. That’s leaving a lot of teachers and parents scratching their heads.
Gary Groth on Fantagraphics and the art of the graphic novel Gary Groth, editor of Fantagraphics, publisher of some of the most notable graphic novels today, discusses the rise of comics, what makes a good graphic novel, and what his selection process is like.
What do Trump's new emissions standards mean for fuel efficient cars? With President Trump unveiling lower fuel economy standards, will carmakers build more gas guzzlers? Also, an investigation looks into the risks of shipping nuclear warheads across the country on old 18 wheelers, driven by underpaid and overworked drivers. And, six years after Fukushima, nuclear waste has reached parts of the U.S. west coast.
LA County social workers on trial, and reforms to juvenile justice Four former LA County social workers will go to trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old boy. Also, two California state senators introduced new legislation that would end incarceration for kids under 12 and ban life sentences without parole for those under 18.
Big plans for tiny houses, homes for hope The tiny house movement is booming, even though in most places, people can't legally live in them. But that didn't stop a group of enthusiasts from learning how to build one at CAFAM. What will they do with their tiny homes? And as Angelenos have passed measures to build more housing for the homeless, a group of architecture students is trying to speed up access to shelter -- with designs for temporary housing with "curb appeal."