More students getting better at English

first_imgThe 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. rachel.uranga@dailynews.com (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. last_img read more

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Foundation helps Gardena police fight crime

first_imgIn 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.” sandy.mazza@dailybreeze.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. last_img read more

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Roma enter race to sign Arsenal and Liverpool defensive target

first_img 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.last_img read more

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Job Vacancy: Popular bar requires part-time bar staff

first_imgA 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 donegaldailyjobs@gmail.com 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)last_img read more

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Fire station eyed for Industry

first_imgThe proposed fire station would cover the area between Station120 on Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar and Station61 on La Puente Road in Walnut. ben.baeder@sgvn.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. last_img read more

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Sunderland target: Maybe one day I can go to Manchester United

first_img1 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 last_img read more

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‘Enough is enough!’ Frustration boiling over striker with £650,000-a-week offer

first_imgAnother 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 last_img read more

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Senior Menu

first_imgLunch 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. last_img read more

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Soldier recalled from Iraq

first_imgWASHINGTON – 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.last_img read more

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Some celebs forgiven despite scandal, some aren’t

first_imgShort of child molestation and murder, it seems that celebrities can get away with all sorts of bad behavior these days. A quartet of scandal-plagued stars is putting this to the test at a time when all have new projects either already out or about to be released. Mel Gibson, whose film “Apocalypto” hits screens on Dec. 8, will find out whether his alcohol-fueled, anti-Semitic rant last summer hurts his box office showing. Michael Richards’ racist tirade at a comedy club two weeks ago – days before the release of a new “Seinfeld” season on DVD – was captured on video and seen around the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Then there are Danny DeVito and rapper Snoop Dogg. DeVito appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday morning drunk and proceeded to make fun of President George W. Bush instead of promoting his new comedy “Deck the Halls.” Snoop Dogg was arrested a day earlier on drug and weapons charges as he left the studio of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” in Burbank. Their very public faux pas come at a time when they, and the companies behind them, have a lot on the line. “There are levels of forgivability and nonforgivability,” said Robert Thompson, a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University. “O.J. Simpson? Totally not forgiven. Sex and drug scandals? Totally forgiven.” And don’t forget singer Michael Jackson, acquitted of child-molestation charges, but whose U.S. career hasn’t shown any signs of recovery. James Ulmer, founder of The Ulmer Scale, which ranks star power and bankable value of celebrities around the world, said these four scandals will be interesting test cases in the court of public opinion. “All of these incidents colliding at the same time gives us the chance to look at what it all means and what is at stake with stardom and celebrity and how the off-camera games can play for you or against you,” Ulmer said. Trouble for Richards Richards seems to be under the biggest cloud after he exploded into a vicious racist rant aimed at two black audience members during a stand-up appearance at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood last month. The Nov. 17 incident, recorded by an audience member and seen around the world via the video-sharing site YouTube, came just days before Sony Home Entertainment released the DVD boxed set of the seventh season of “Seinfeld.” “There’s just so many more venues to talk about this stuff, to hear about it and to see it,” Thompson said. “A mere two years ago, that Michael Richards thing would’ve made the gossip columns in the form of a description of the incident. There was no YouTube, an international distribution system that is effortless to use.” Despite a call this week by the Rev. Jesse Jackson to boycott the “Seinfeld Season 7” DVD out last week, sales have still been robust, with the set ranked 13th among all releases Thursday afternoon on the Amazon.com sales chart. Sony declined to comment on Richards in connection with the DVD release. Ironically, Gibson reached out to Richards this week in an interview with Entertainment Weekly magazine. “I feel really badly for the guy,” Gibson said. “He was obviously in a state of stress. You don’t need to be inebriated to be bent out of shape. But my heart went out to the guy.” While Gibson may be genuine, Ulmer likened his public support to “President Bush going to campaign for Rick Santorum. You don’t want to go there.” The apology route Where you do want to go is the public-apology route, according to public-relations expert Michael Levine. “If you act with humility, speed, personal contrition and personal responsibility, you are basically OK,” Levine said. “The archetype of that model would be Hugh Grant,” the actor who was arrested a decade ago for soliciting a prostitute and quickly appeared on “The Tonight Show” to explain himself. Richards appeared via satellite on David Letterman’s show a few days later to apologize publicly and to declare that he is not a racist. He also had meetings with the Rev. Al Sharpton and Jackson, appearing on Jackson’s syndicated radio show. Gibson’s challenge While “Seinfeld” is selling on DVD, the period adventure “Apocalypto,” produced and directed by Gibson, will be the first test of his drawing power since he disgraced himself by lashing out with anti-Semitic statements to an arresting officer in Malibu who had stopped him for driving drunk. Gibson issued a public apology insisting that he is not anti-Semitic. Disney acquired Gibson’s movie for distribution, but did not finance it. “The picture was always going to be a tough sell,” said box office analyst Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. “After the anomaly of `The Passion of the Christ,’ people were expecting anything he touched to be gold. When he had that despicable incident earlier this year, the thought was that `Apocalypto’ was in trouble. It seems to have the negatives of `Passion’ but not the positives, such as being based on a universally famous story.” But Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, thinks moviegoers will look past the controversy. “I think audiences will distinguish between the professional filmmaking that Mel Gibson’s involved in and Mel Gibson’s personal life,” Cook said at the Reuters Media Summit in New York on Thursday. “Mel is one of the great filmmakers of all time.” DeVito likely forgiven DeVito’s current movie, “Deck the Halls,” came out a week ago to a lukewarm reception and he was appearing on “The View” to give it some needed promotion. But on the show, the actor-director was slurring his words and unsteady on his feet. He referred to the president by a disparaging name, then mocked Bush and outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with goofy Three Stooges-style facial expressions. “Danny DeVito is loved,” Ulmer said. “He’s drunk and it’s not good, but will it hurt his career? No. He is not playing against his iconography as a buffoon who is funny and lovable and someone you want to forgive – unlike Michael Richards, who is disgraced. Comedians can usually turn a situation around comically, but in (Richard’s) situation, he can’t. All you can do is hope that time will heal all wounds.” Snoop’s CD selling Of the four celebrities currently in hot water, Snoop Dogg appears to have the least to worry about in terms of career fallout, even though he could be in the worst trouble with the criminal-justice system. When Burbank police served Snoop (whose real name is Calvin Broadus) outside NBC studios with a search warrant, they said they found the rapper/actor in possession of cocaine, a firearm and a large amount of marijuana. The search warrant was part of an ongoing investigation into Snoop’s arrest last month at Bob Hope Airport on a weapons violation. Snoop’s new CD, “The Blue Carpet Treatment,” was No. 4 on the rap and hip-hop chart on Amazon.com on Thursday. “Bottom line is that I don’t think this hurts him professionally. He’s always had these two facets: lovable and user-friendly, then this kind of gangsta edge,” said Bill Adler, who wrote and produced the five-part series on hip-hop “And You Don’t Stop” for VH-1 that featured Snoop Dogg among others. “It seems to me he’s getting a little old for these kinds of shenanigans, but it’s not inconsistent with everything we’ve always known and loved about this man,” Adler added. While his recording career appears to be OK for now, his career in movies could be in some peril. “Movies are different than CDs, and he’s a publicist’s nightmare,” Ulmer said. “People are going to be very careful about him. When you are promoting a picture, you don’t want all the attention to be sucked up by bad publicity.” greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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