The scores showed English competence among elementary students jumped to 30 percent from 13 percent last year. Statewide, proficiency among elementary students was 26 percent. Rates in the middle schools also rose to 40 percent from 28 percent last year. Among middle schoolers statewide, it was 43 percent. In district high schools, proficiency increased to 34 percent from 26 percent last year, compared with 38 percent statewide. But with the nation’s largest number of English learners in the country, the LAUSD is still laboring to get about 219,000 of its 708,000 students on the language track so they can learn more complicated subjects such as math, social studies and science. “There’s no other district in the country that’s struggling as much as Los Angeles,” said Patricia G ndara, associate director of the University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute. “Los Angeles has schools where the majority of those in the schools don’t speak English. Imagine this kind of linguistic isolation they are educated in.” Over the past two years, the district has set aside one hour of every six-hour classroom day to focus exclusively on building English skills. And officials, who under a 1998 voter-backed proposition made bilingual education optional, are now training classroom teachers in English-language techniques. “There still is a significant gap in academic achievement between our students learning English and their native English-speaking peers,” said State Superintendent Jack O’Connell. Students are tested on their ability to recognize word patterns, understand oral directions and comprehend passages. Among the criteria to be considered a fluent or a proficient English speaker, students must score at least intermediate in writing, speaking, reading and listening on the statewide test. Additionally, district officials must consider academic testing as well as teacher and parent recommendations. The test scores – which determine whether an English learner can be reclassified as fluent – are the first using a new common scale adopted by the State Board of Education in March 2006 to adjust for changes in the test over the years. This year’s scores can only be compared with last year’s since the state converted those rates to the new standards to allow for comparison. Based on that criteria, 29 percent of LAUSD students met the criteria for reclassification – the same percentage as the statewide average. “These are good numbers because it is progress,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research. At the Glendale Unified School District, where 22 percent of its 28,000 students are English learners, 46 percent are considered fluent. The district had not yet calculated the change over last year. In Burbank, only 12 percent of the district’s students are considered English leaners. Of those, 43 percent were deemed fluent. Staff Writer Eugene Tong contributed to this report. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While nearly two-thirds of the LAUSD’s English-language learners still cannot read, write and speak English fluently, a much larger percentage of them are proficient now compared with last year, a state study released Thursday found. The study showed English proficiency among Los Angeles Unified students rose to 33 percent from 19 percent last year. Statewide, 32 percent of English-language learners are proficient or fluent. “It’s been a challenge but we are seeing phenomenal success in training teachers to help students with English,” said Ronnie Ephraim, chief instructional officer for the district. Students are classified English proficient or English learners, in part based on the statewide test scores.
In addition to viewing the maps, residents can file police reports and sign up for notification of emergencies and incidents in the city. The innovative Web site was funded by the Gardena Police Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed by local businesses last year. Gardena Police Chief Ed Medrano said the fundraising group is the only one of its kind in the South Bay. “These are things that are not budgeted, but we need,” Medrano said. “I can’t say enough about these people, they’re very generous.” The foundation augmented the department’s $16.6 million budget with about $20,000 for new materials this year, Medrano said. It paid for 15 digital cameras, two speed radar displays and the department’s participation in the Baker-to-Vegas Challenge Cup relay race in April. Medrano said he plans to apply for several new bikes for officers to ride on patrol. He also hopes to install surveillance cameras in high-crime areas of the city with the help of the foundation’s grants. On Tuesday, the foundation hosted a fundraising party at the Hustler Casino. The Hustler is a member of the foundation, along with South Bay Auto Auction, Marukai Corp. and 15 other businesses. The fundraiser brought in about $10,000 for the police department, Medrano said. Business members, volunteer groups, police officers, and residents donated $35 to attend the fundraiser. They played poker, ate, drank and raffled prizes. Yvonne Benjamin, a city employee who played poker for the first time at the fundraiser, amassed stacks of fake chips (no money was bet at the fundraiser). “I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m winning,” Benjamin said. “I’m here to support Gardena, the police department. And I’m learning and winning!” Gene Hale, president of G&C Construction Equipment in Gardena, suggested the idea for the foundation last year. He is also on the board of directors for the Los Angeles Police Foundation, and modeled the Gardena organization after that. He said it has not been hard to bring new members to the foundation. “It just makes a lot of sense,” Hale said. “For businesspeople, the motivation would be: The safer the city, the safer their businesses.” email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Sandy Mazza STAFF WRITER Gardena residents can track some criminal activity without leaving their homes. The city’s Police Department’s Web site features a crime map that shows little red dots to symbolize vehicle thefts and tiny green fists that represent robberies and correspond to a block number where the crime occurred.
Raphael Guerreiro has scored three goals and provided two assists for Lorient this season 1 Arsenal and Liverpool target Raphael Guerreiro is now being hotly pursued by Roma, according to reports in Italy.The Lorient left-back has been scouted by the two Premier League sides on numerous occasions this season, with Arsenal set to swoop for the 22-year-old if Kieran Gibbs departs this summer.However, according to Calcio Mercato, Roma have also been monitoring Guerreiro’s progress this term and will submit an offer if they fail to persuade Lucas Digne to join them permanently from Paris Saint-Germain.Guerreiro’s contract at Lorient expires at the end of next season and the French club are prepared to cash in on him this summer rather than lose him on a free in 2017.The attacking Portuguese full-back has enjoyed an impressive campaign in Ligue 1, scoring three goals and providing two assists in 39 appearances.
A very busy, family-run, traditional pub outside Donegal Town requires bar staff to join their team.The position is part-time one with weekend hours.The ideal candidate will: * Have at least 1-2 years experience in a similar role is preferred but not essential* The ability to engage well with guests to provide an outstanding and unforgettable experience* A proactive attitude and attention to detail* Be able to multi-task and work well under pressure * Be a team player; cooperative and supportive to colleagues* Have the ability to lift 10 kilo boxes and stand for an 8-hour shift* Comfortable working a shift alone* Must be willing to work flexible hours including nights and weekends* Is over 18 with up-to-date and readily verifiable references Key duties inlcude:* Taking drink/food orders and serving guests* Preparing basic food orders: sandwiches, soup, scones etc.* Follow checklists in terms of cleaning in all areas of the pub including customers areas, kitchen, bar, toilets, storage areas, laundry, etc *Restock and replenish bar inventory and supplies* Comply with all food and beverage regulations* Take payments via our Point-of-Sale system* Ensure clean glasses, bar equipment and working areasYou’ll Get:* On-shift meal + teas/coffees* Easy-going and friendly working environment* Fantastic co-workers* Friendly localsIf you think this is the role for you and you fulfil the required criteria, please email your letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and quote the reference Donegal Town bar staff in your email.Job Vacancy: Popular bar requires part-time bar staff was last modified: August 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The proposed fire station would cover the area between Station120 on Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar and Station61 on La Puente Road in Walnut. email@example.com (626)962-8811, Ext.2703160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We think the helicopters could be a big help in getting transportation to trauma victims,” Industry Mayor Dave Perez said. Other ideas for the station include a training area, a hazardous materials team, a store of rescue supplies and offices for a regional headquarters, city and fire officials said. Plans have not yet been drawn, and there is no clear timetable for construction, Kissell said. The station will cost in the millions of dollars, depending on what is built, and will be paid for by Industry, Perez said. Walnut City Councilman Joaquin Lim welcomed the increase in safety services. “I’m very supportive of it,” he said. “You never know when there will be a major disaster. It’s comforting to know we will have more emergency services nearby. We are a small city, but we are blessed with the … large scale of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.” INDUSTRY – A new fire station proposed for Industry could cut emergency response times to nearby parts of Walnut, Diamond Bar and Pomona, officials say.Plans are to commission a Los Angeles County Fire Department station building on Baker Parkway across from the Grand Crossing Business Center, which is about a mile from Walnut and Diamond Bar and about three miles from Pomona. “The station is planned for Industry, but it will actually serve four cities,” said Daryl Osby, deputy fire chief for the department’s east region. The station also will include a landing pad for a rescue helicopter, Osby said.
1 Sunderland target Franck Kessie is dreaming of joining Manchester United.The Ivorian almost joined the Black Cats in the summer, but he failed to gain the work permit which would allow him to leave Atalanta.And now the 19-year-old midfielder, who already has four goals to his name this season, is hoping to get snapped up by Manchester United instead.“I have two football role models: Yaya Touré and Michael Essien. I take a bit from both,” Kessie told Sky Italia.“Essien runs a lot and Yaya is a bit more attacking. They told me I needed to work harder to reach higher levels.“I really like the English league, but for now I have to learn the Italian tactics, and then maybe one day I can go to Manchester United.“I don’t know if [Jose] Mourinho will still be there, but it’s a team I’ve always liked.” Franck Kessie is dreaming of playing for Manchester United
Another day, another Diego Costa rumour.The striker is constantly linked with a Chelsea exit and the latest speculation, from Sky Sports, claim that Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian have already offered him £650,000 a week after tax to join when the summer transfer window opens in June.His current deal at Stamford Bridge doesn’t expire until 2019, but uncertainty over his future has been prevalent for much of his time in London.Find out how some have reacted to recent reports on Costa below… 1 Diego Costa could be on his way out of Chelsea
Lunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Suggested donation is $5, or $2.25 for those 60 and older. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays in the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. For information, call (805) 517-6261. All meals are served with whole-grain bread, green salad, yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick, fruit and low-fat milk. Friday: Rotini broccoli Alfredo, yellow wax beans, broccoli.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Stuffed green peppers, broccoli, vegetable blend California. Tuesday: Beef and broccoli, corn, green beans. Wednesday: Five-cheese lasagna, yellow wax beans, broccoli. Thursday: Beef pepper steak, vegetable blend California, corn.
WASHINGTON – Just days after shipping out for Iraq, a soldier convicted of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib during a previous tour was ordered back to his home base, officials said Friday. Spec. Santos A. Cardona of Fullerton, had departed Fort Bragg, N.C., on Monday with his unit, the 23rd Military Police Company, and was in Kuwait, preparing to move into Iraq, when the Army decided that for his own safety he should be stopped. “We are extremely concerned, in light of the publicity about his situation, about his personal safety,” said an Army spokesman at the Pentagon, Paul Boyce. “So for the good of the soldier, as well as the situation, he has been stopped in Kuwait pending review by the chain of command.” Several hours later, Fort Bragg issued a written statement saying Cardona was being sent home immediately from Kuwait. It said he would be given “duties commensurate with” his military skills, but it was not more specific. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’In a court martial this summer, Cardona was convicted of dereliction of duty and aggravated assault for allowing his police dog to bark within inches of a prisoner’s face at Abu Ghraib prison. The Army said he did 90 days of hard labor, was reduced in rank from sergeant to specialist and ordered to pay $600 per month in fines for 12 months. His sentence did not include jail time, and after his 90 days of hard labor he chose to remain in the Army, although he is no longer assigned dog handling duties in his MP unit, Boyce said. The Army believes his personal safety, and potentially the safety of others in his unit, would be endangered if he deployed into Iraq because he might be targeted by insurgents who know of his link to the Abu Ghraib abuse. Time magazine initially reported that Cardona was being sent back to Iraq. After the report appeared the Army decided to stop him.