Annual quarantine of sport-harvested mussels in California begins

The annual quarantine on sport-harvested mussels gathered along the California coast begins May 1, according to Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state health officer. The quarantine applies to all species of mussels harvested along the California coast, as well as all bays and estuaries. This quarantine is…

LBUSD grad rates up for third year in a row

Graduation rates in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) have increased for the third year in a row, again surpassing state and county rates, according to the district. Students of color in Long Beach schools also outperform their peers countywide and statewide, according to data released this week by the California Department of Education.…

O’Donnell bill aiming to improve teaching quality clears first committee

Last week, the Assembly Education Committee passed a bill by 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach) calling for consistent statewide standards in teacher evaluation. Assembly Bill 575 requires school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to implement a best-practices teacher and administrator evaluation system. “AB 575 replaces the stale and antiquated teacher…

Governor, Legislature honor education leader as ‘father’ of Prop 98

Assembly Bill 158, introduced in recognition of California’s premier education finance expert, designates the code responsible for implementing California’s Proposition 98 as the John B. Mockler Education Finance Act and was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown April 27, according to 70th District Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), who authored the bill. O’Donnell’s office indicated the…

LBCC to add 27 new faculty members

Long Beach City College (LBCC) plans to hire 27 new faculty members and increase the assignments of dozens of staff positions that were previously reduced as a result of the recession, according to Stacey Toda, associate director of Public Relations and Marketing for the college. LBCC will spend $3.6 million to hire new faculty and…

American Association of Community Colleges names LBCC as finalist for inaugural Awards of Excellence

Long Beach City College (LBCC) Superintendent-President Eloy Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees were recognized April 23 as finalists for Exemplary CEO/Board at the 93rd American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Annual Convention in San Francisco. “During very tough fiscal challenges, Superintendent-President Oakley and the Long Beach Community College District…

LBUSD graduation rates continue upward trend

Graduation rates continue to rise in the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUDSD), according to the district’s website. Data released by the State this month show that six Long Beach high schools have achieved graduation rates of at least 90 percent– a target specified in LBUSD’s 2011-16 Strategic Plan.