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Burbank school board candidates at Woodbury U. forum tonight

  The six candidates vying for three seats on the Burbank Board of Education will be front and center this evening at a forum on the Woodbury University campus in Burbank. That forum begins at 7 p.m. in the Woody Cafeteria.  The candidates are Steve Ferguson, Dr. Armond Aghakhanian, Roberta Reynolds, Jesse “Tangk” Tangkhpanya, Greg Sousa, and Vahe Hovanessian. Last month, on January 20, the candidates were quizzed at the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank forum held at Burbank City Hall.  Some of the ideas and... Read More →

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Election Day: The fate of Measure “S” to be decided

Measure “S” is on the ballot in Burbank today. The measure would give the Burbank Unified School District Board of Education the go-ahead to issue $110 million in bonds for school upgrades and improvements. Independent citizens oversight and annual audits are part of the provisions.  Measure “S” requires a 55% vote for passage.

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Target teams up with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to give away millions

The giant retailer, Target, has a deal with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and it could mean thousands for some lucky schools. Target has earmarked $5 million in grants for a slew of elementary and secondary schools recommended by the viewers of  the weekly talk/variety show. Viewers will be required to submit their recommendations through the “Ellen” website and give a “compelling” reason why their school deserves one of the grants to improve its learning environment. Two of the winning schools will appear on the “Ellen” show. In a post on the... Read More →

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Photo: White House Blog --World Champion Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Cares, and President Obama come together for a day of education and service projects with some Washington DC youngers December 13, 2010

President Obama teams up with the Los Angeles Lakers

The repeat World Champion Los Angeles Lakers went  to the White House to celebrate a championship win last year. So this time around, they did something different to honor their latest accomplishment. Earlier this month, on December 13, the Lakers visited with members of The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington. Part of the time was spent with the kids assembling care packages and writing letters to wounded military men and women, as well as putting together special gift kits for the homeless in DC. For fun, the players and coaches... Read More →

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A Burbank parent shares her experience with the system

The new school year is only about a week old , but it already has been an ordeal for some Burbank middle school students and their parents. As I first reported on this blog about a week ago, A Burbank city funded, long-running,  and very successful after school program was axed at David Starr Jordan Middle School, leaving some parents scrambling to find a safe alternative for their children. One parent, I’m keeping her name confidential,  alerted me to the situation in an e-mail and has continued to give me her impressions... Read More →

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Outpouring of public support helps gifted L.A. student go to Oxford

   Photo: Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times   Some stories make you want to cry and stand up and cheer — all at the same time. Crenshaw High School junior Sharron Pearson’s determination to go to a summer program at Oxford University and  the overwhelming financial support she has received from the public is just such a story. To say Pearson is bright is almost an understatement. She has a 4.2 grade-point average and is enrolled in a Los Angeles magnet program for gifted students. As is the case for many families these days, money... Read More →

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President-elect Obama and his years as a local college student

As a bright soft-spoken college student, President-elect Barack Obama spent two years at Occidental in nearby Eagle Rock. The young Obama, who went by the nickname of Barry then, transferred from the small but highly regarded liberal arts college to Columbia University in New York at the end of his sophomore year. He left some strong impressions with fellow Oxy students, surprisingly, those impressions were not the type they associated with someone who would one day be President of the United States. Some of Obama’s Oxy classmates shared snippets of what the future President was like during his early... Read More →

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Burbank High School celebrates a major milestone

Burbank High School 1908-2008  After more than two years in the planning, the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Burbank High School gets underway today. Over the next four days, there will be a wide variety of activities: from a golf tournament, to a parade, to campus tours, and various ceremonies and social events as part of the centennial celebration. Some of the famous Burbank High alumni are actress Kim Fields, director Tim Burton, and Olympic gold medal winner, Cathy Ferguson.  There is a good story by Linda Mustion on about Burbank High, its history, the big... Read More →

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$5 million gift arrives in the mail

  Cal State Northridge got a gift recently that probably had officials dancing with glee. An anonymous donor sent the state university a cashier’s check for $5 million in the regular mail! The only request: that the funds be used for scholarships and student assistance. University President Dr. Jolene Koester said, “… we pledge to be good stewards of these funds.” The multi-million dollar gift will create the Scottsdale Endowment and will target high-achieving incoming freshmen. The endowment got its name from the location of the bank that issued the check, Scottsdale, Arizona.... Read More →

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Caltech scores high on list of best American colleges

Caltech founded in 1891 The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena is small but mighty.  Caltech, a major research institution, has a student body of about three thousand. U.S. News & World Report has come out with its 25th annual best American colleges lists for 2009 and Caltech rated very high. In the rankings of best national colleges for undergraduate studies Harvard topped the list at number one, followed by Princeton in second and Yale in third. MIT and Stanford tied for fourth, while Caltech and the University of Pennsylvania tied... Read More →

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Gaming for learning project

Google Image The Verizon Foundation has awarded a one million dollar grant to the American Library Association to study video games. The Chicago-based organization will create a model for library gaming that can be used nationally. The ALA plans to work with 12 gaming experts in its research. The findings will be used to build “The Librarians’ Guide to Gaming,” a comprehensive, online literary and gaming toolbox, which will be field tested by selected libraries. “Gaming is a magnet that attracts library users of all types and, beyond... Read More →

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Grammy Foundation offering grants of up to $40,000

I spotted this notice in today’s Arts Funding Watch e-newsletter. The grants are being offered to organizations and individuals researching the impact of music on the human condition. Also, these grants are available for projects dealing with archiving and preserving the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas. For application guidelines go to

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