toddler with language gadget

NATIONAL: Trying to Close a Knowledge Gap,…

A Gadget to Close the Language Gap An intervention program in Providence, R.I., uses a digital word counter to track language use in families, in an effort to close the “word gap” between children from low-income and affluent families. PROVIDENCE,… Read full article at The New York Times

NATIONAL: Indiana first state to pull out…

It’s the first major victory opponents of Common Core, who say the national curriculum standards rob states of the right to set their own standards. Conservative activists have been pushing to roll back Common Core requirements in several states, some… Read full article at The Washington Post

Nicolet Middle School band

Nicolet Middle School gives “excellent” performance

The Nicolet Middle School advanced band performed for the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, a judged festival that was held at Beaumont High School on March 15. Nicolet Middle School received an “excellent” rating from the judges. Some… Read full article at Record Gazette

new housing development

School district doubles fee hike for…

For any new development that intends to build within what would be considered the Banning Unified School District’s “footprint,” developer fees will more than double for any new residential construction. According to the district, there are more than 8,000 new… Read full article at Record Gazette

Enrique Murillo

Latinos in math, science part of…

Latinos comprise about a quarter of U.S. public-school enrollment and 60 percent of the Inland student body. Yet only a fraction of people working in science and math-related fields are Hispanic. “Our future engineers are sitting in our K-through-12 classrooms,… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Superintendent Rick Miller

Riverside: School district seeks comments in…

The Riverside school board is asking parents, students, employees and the community what it wants in the next superintendent. The Riverside Unified School District and its search firm, Leadership Associates, want to know ““what personal and professional qualities” the superintendent… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

state Supt. of Schools Tom Torlakson

STATE: California schools are rolling out new…

Schools across California are set to begin administering new standardized tests Tuesday that are designed to demand more of students and offer a clearer picture of how much they are learning. More than 3 million students will be tested in… Read full article at Los Angeles Times

Poly High Mock Trial Team

Poly’s mock trial team wins third…

Although this was Riverside Polytechnic High School’s fourth time at the state Mock Trial competition, it was the first time they made it past the quarterfinals. But the fourth year was a charm. The Riverside County team took home third… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Hemet High Academic Decathlon Team

Riverside County high schools score big…

Students from three Riverside County high schools are returning from Sacramento with bragging rights to major accomplishments in the state Academic Decathlon. “This is our third year in a row (at the state championship), and this has been our best… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Academic Decathlon teams

Local teams head to decathlon finals

In past years, the Academic Decathlon state championships were not quite nailbiters for Riverside County teams. Hemet, West Valley and Elsinore High Schools often post high scores, but they say competition from Los Angeles-based high school teams (and frequent state… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise