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SMMEF Executive Director Linda Greenberg Gross (fourth from left) receives a check from Judy Hackett, SVP, Chief Marketing Officer at Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp. (on the far right).

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMEF Meets Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. $100,000 Challenge

Posted Dec. 14, 2014, 9:33 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF) has met Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.’s challenge to raise $100,000 by Dec. 31 and has secured a $100,000 matching gift from the Malibu-based company.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

SMMUSD Hosts SECOND LCAP Webinar To Solicit Input From Public

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:57 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will be hosting a series of LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Webinars to solicit input from parents, students, staff and community members.

News, Music, Santa Monica, Education, Usc

LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane To Join USC's Thornton School Of Music

Posted Dec. 10, 2014, 9:16 am

Classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane, music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, will become a part-timer at USC's Thornton School of Music and later, a full professor, once he steps down as chamber director in 2017, the school announced today.

News, Santa Monica, Education

SMMEF Joins #GivingTuesday Movement To Encourage Giving With A Purpose

Posted Nov. 30, 2014, 9:48 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has joined #GivingTuesday for the second year in a row, a unique effort to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the charitable giving season.

Opinion, California, Santa Monica, Education

Will UC At Last Face Up To Out-Of-State Student Dilemma?

Posted Nov. 23, 2014, 9:01 am

It’s a dilemma that University of California officials have long refused to confront, but one they may soon have to face: How many foreign and out-of-state students can UC absorb and still fulfill its mission of providing an elite education for the very best California high school graduates?

News, Ucla, Education, Westwood

UCLA Approves Measure Requiring Undergraduates To Take Diversity Classes

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:14 am

UCLA's Legislative Assembly has given final approval to a measure that requires undergraduates to take a course on ethnic, cultural, religious or gender diversity, campus officials said in remarks reported today.

News, California, Ucla, Education

Tuition To Increase At UCLA, UC Campuses Following Board Of Regents Vote

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 11:17 am

The University of California Board of Regents approved tuition hikes today that will increase students’ costs by as much as 5 percent a year over the next five years at UCLA and other campuses across the state.

News, Education, Police Department

Mira Costa High School To Reopen Today Following Anonymous Threats

Posted Nov. 20, 2014, 8:04 am

Classes are scheduled to resume today at Mira Costa High School, which has been closed the past two days due to anonymous threats posted on the Yik Yak social messaging app.

News, California, Ucla, Santa Monica, Education

UC Board Of Regents To Begin Consideration Of 5 Percent Tuition Hike

Posted Nov. 19, 2014, 9:13 am

Students at UCLA and other UC campuses across the state will have their eyes on San Francisco today, where the university system's Board of Regents is scheduled to begin considering a proposal to hike tuition by 5 percent a year over the next five years.

Phoebe Benun (center), a second grader at Franklin Elementary, poses and smiles with her parents, Sue and Robert Benun, after Christina Garden's second grade class held a theatrical informance in front of parents on Nov. 13.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu 'Informances' Provide Interactive Learning

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:21 am

After weeks of learning rhythm and movement, acting and singing, and several mediums of visual arts, students in transitional kindergarten through second grade at five Santa Monica-Malibu Unified elementary schools will showcase what they’ve learned in a special "informance," an integrative learning experience for both parents and their children.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Westside Neighborhood School Begins New Environmental Program

Posted Nov. 12, 2014, 9:00 am

Westside Neighborhood School has partnered with the Grades of Green organization to expand on going more green. Grades of Green is a nonprofit organization, “with a vision of making environmental protection ‘second nature’ in young minds.”

SMC Community Education is offering a 15 percent discount on the new Headshots Workshop, taught by Brian Leng. Discounts are being offered on many of the 80-plus classes in Winter.

News, Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, Education

Discounts Available On SMC Community Ed Winter Classes

Posted Nov. 1, 2014, 9:25 am

Santa Monica College Community Education is offering a 10 percent discount on all health, fitness and enrichment classes being offered in the Winter Session through Dec. 15 – as well as a 15 percent discount on the new Headshots Workshop.

Sports, Ucla, Football, Education

UCLA Tops USC In Graduating Athletes

Posted Oct. 29, 2014, 9:22 am

Eighty-seven percent of the UCLA athletes who entered the university between 2004 and 2007 graduated within six years of their enrollments, compared to 80 percent who entered cross-town rival USC during the same period, according to statistics released Tuesday by the NCAA.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Lausd

Ramon Cortines To Assume LAUSD Interim Superintendent Role On Monday

Posted Oct. 19, 2014, 8:39 am

Ramon Cortines will begin his third stint leading the Los Angeles Unified School District Monday as he assumes the role of interim superintendent.

News, Education, Lausd

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy Expected To Resign Today

Posted Oct. 16, 2014, 8:06 am

The Los Angeles Board of Education is expected to announce today the resignation of schools Superintendent John Deasy and the appointment of an interim replacement -- possibly former Superintendent Ramon Cortines or a Deasy deputy.

News, Santa Monica, Education

Santa Monica The Smartest Place In The USA?

Posted Oct. 4, 2014, 7:38 am

Real estate brokerage site Movoto has published an article on the smartest cities in the USA, ranking Santa Monica as number one out of 109.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

More Than 400 Santa Monica-Malibu Students Receive Scholar Awards

Posted Sep. 23, 2014, 7:36 am

The Santa Monica-Malibu School District has announced that more than 400 Advanced Placement (AP) students at Malibu High and Santa Monica High schools have received AP Scholar awards, according to data recently received from the College Board.

News, Los Angeles, Education, Technology

Google Donates Nearly $1M Amongst 769 Los Angeles Unified District Schools

Posted Sep. 16, 2014, 9:33 am

Tech giant Google surprised hundreds of Los Angeles teachers on Monday by fulfilling their requests for books, microscopes, musical instruments and other classroom materials through the crowd-funding website

News, Santa Monica, Library, Education

Santa Monica Libraries Report Record Summer Youth Reading Stats

Posted Sep. 15, 2014, 9:54 am

In Santa Monica, children are reading more than ever. At the Santa Monica Public Library, its “Fizz, Boom, READ” (for children) and “Spark a Reaction” (for teens) summer reading themes helped the reading stats explode.

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.

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