The Bruin Voice

California earns F grade on teacher hiring, evaluations and retention

Claire Gilliland and Kaylanie Saldua

May 29, 2018


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The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) gave California a D+ on the state’s 2017 teacher policies. NCTQ looks at nine different areas from general teacher preparation to retaining effective teachers. Although the report highlighted some positive aspects — like teacher salaries — one of the...

Record number of UC applications — again!

May 29, 2018


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Last year, the University of California system saw a record-breaking number of applicants to their renowned institutions. Acceptance rates dropped accordingly, and a record-breaking number of students had their dreams of their top choice shattered before their eyes. UC applicants this year smashed that record yet again. The top-tier UCs already have extraordinarily low acceptance ra...

Current safety codes outpace school upgrades: Newer smoke detectors not installed in original buildings

Serra Raquel, Entertainment Editor

May 29, 2018


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During the second quarter, there was a fire in the J restroomn adjacent to the career center. The alarm never went off and the fire went undetected until someone saw smoke escaping through the door. The maintenance operator was called to test the detectors to see if they worked. He immediately realized...

Curiosity: the secret that led me to Stanford

May 29, 2018


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So why did I get into Stanford? While I hope I was more than a sporadic decision by an admissions officer, I don’t pretend to know how college admissions entirely work. Regardless, after visiting Stanford and some self-assessing, I believe there to be one factor that may explain some of it. A...

Stockton will give 55 families ‘free money’

Benjamin Gyman, Feature Editor

November 27, 2017


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The city of Stockton just approved a privately-funded plan to give 55 families free money every month for 36 months. The funds will be supplied by a basic income advocacy group, the Economic Security Project. Expected to start in August of 2018 and, with $1 million to experiment with, the Stockton...

College miscalculations lead to rescinded acceptances and out-of-luck students

Claire Gilliland, Editor-in-Chief

November 27, 2017


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March, April and May are always important months for college-bound seniors; they’re the time when admissions decisions are released, and students have to decide which schools they want to attend and submit their Statements of Intent to Register, or accept their admission offer. The spring season only...

OCR continues to monitor LUSD disciplinary process

OCR continues to monitor LUSD disciplinary process

Claire Gilliland and Helen Le

November 27, 2017


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After their resolution aiming to correct the disciplinary inequity between students of different races was reached, the Office for Civil Rights has continued to work with LUSD to ensure a healthy and productive environment at Bear Creek. On October 26, representatives visited Bear Creek’s campus and were impressed with what they foun...

Admin examines number of teacher referrals

Admin examines number of teacher referrals

Serra Raquel and Giancarlo Lizarraga

November 27, 2017


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Following a visit by the Office of Civil Rights, Principal Hillary Harrell has been tasked with checking-up on teachers with high numbers of referrals. The issue she and her staff discovered and had to resolve was that their data may have been unreliable. “My concern and my worry was that the...

Restorative Circles help curb chronic tardies

Restorative Circles help curb chronic tardies

Helen Le, Editor-in-Chief

November 27, 2017


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Getting through the school day may be a struggle for some students, and that struggle often begins with failing to attend first period on time. Unfortunately, there has not been a tardy policy that has effectively addressed students who have an especially difficult time arriving to school before the...

Staff, students experience mock active shooter drill

Serra Raquel and Lily Tran

November 27, 2017


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When senior Jacob Fry first heard the gunshots and screams, he became frightened, even though he knew it was just an exercise. “It felt very real, especially when all you can hear is intense screaming and tons of gunshots,” Fry said. “I was frightened — at some points it seemed like it wasn’t...

Homecoming ends with shattered glass for adviser

Homecoming ends with shattered glass for adviser

Claire Gilliland and Helen Le

October 17, 2017


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After this year’s Homecoming dance, English teacher and student government advisor Laura LaRue’s car was damaged in the Bear Creek parking lot while LaRue was finishing cleaning up. LaRue noticed the damage when she left at around 12:30 that Sunday morning. “I walked out to the parking lot...

Taking pictures, recording lectures in class requires consent

Alijah Jacob Buada, Online Editor-in-Chief

October 17, 2017


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In a world revolving around electronics, cell phones and other recording devices — even though technically banned during class time — are everywhere. It is not unusual for a student to whip out a phone during class to snap a picture of the board that lists assignments or to capture the memory of...

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