October 1, 2009
TODAY The Burbank Public Library presents Bonnie D. Stone, author of “San Andreas Ain’t no Fault of Mine: Guide to the Antelope Valley,” at 7 p.m. at the Burbank Central Library auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank. The author will give a talk with slides about the region’s most unusual places. For more information, call (818) 238-5600. The Falcon Theatre presents preview performances of the Troubadour Theater Company’s “Oedipus the King, Mama!
September 18, 2009
Significant gains in the state standardized test scores for Burbank Unified School District prove that a steady focus on underachieving students and a certain stick-to-it- ness, even in the reduced resources, can pay dividends. Latino students gained 20 points on the Academic Performance Index compared with the year prior, significantly closing the historical achievement gap between white and minority students. Gains among students with learning disabilities were nearly the same, making that segment proficient in English language arts and mathematics.
September 17, 2009
BURBANK — The latest standardized test results released by state education officials Tuesday showed significant progress in narrowing the achievement gap between white and minority students in the Burbank Unified School District. Latino students gained 20 points on the Academic Performance Index, a vital state-mandated benchmark, compared with the year prior, according to the report. And while students with learning disabilities remained the lowest-scoring test takers, they gained almost 20 points to be proficient in English language arts and mathematics.
September 4, 2009
BURBANK — About 90% of 10th-graders in the Burbank Unified School District passed the high school exit exam on the first attempt, according to figures released by state education officials. While students can take the two-part English and math test until their senior year, the first try in 10th grade is used as the main benchmark. Seniors must pass the California High School Exit Exam in order to get their diplomas. Burbank scores improved slightly compared with last year, with 90% of 10th-graders passing the English section of the exam and 91% passing the math portion, representing a 1% increase in both categories.
August 25, 2009
Looking at Paul McKenna Jr., one thing is clear. “It’s not a young person’s war anymore. I turned 50 on my way to Iraq,” he said. “But to look at young people who I met for the first time and then six months later was in a combat zone with them, and to see the growth, it gives us a lot to be proud of.” McKenna, a Unites States Marine from 1977 to 1985, tried his hand at acting, teaching and served as vice president of a transportation company before joining the Army National Guard about 16 years later.
August 10, 2009
CITY HALL — With more than a week still to go before the start of the autumn term Aug. 17, non-resident student enrollment in the Burbank Unified School District has already jumped 17% from fall, officials announced Thursday. The news came as the Board of Education discussed its goals for the upcoming year, including its hopes for raising the amount of students who enroll in college after graduating from high school and for improving the quality of education in the district.