2015-05-14 E-Edition

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Common Core

The Common Core is a slowmotion train wreck now wreaking havoc at a public school near you. The whirlwind recently blew threw New York, sending opt-out rates soaring. They are said to be standards but experts say they are no such thing. Legitimate standards take years to develop and field test. Professional educators would never claim that some test purportedly […]

Young musicians hit a high note

Keep teenage drivers safe on road

After the initial thrill of being off school for the summer, teens often cry, “I’m so bored I could die!” While dying from boredom probably won’t happen, teens could be at risk of losing their lives over summer break. What’s the leading cause? Skin cancer from too much sun? Alcohol overdose from summer parties? No. The leading cause of death […]


THURS., MAY 14 Simi Valley Community Council 11:30 a.m. at Best Western Posada Royale Hotel, 1775 Madera Road, Simi Valley. Michelle Foster and Jill Haney discuss Special Olympics Host Town Simi Valley Program. Bring materials to share during meet-and-greet time. No-host lunch, $15 includes tax and tip. Annual membership: $15. Contact: Betty Eskey. Phone: 805.907. 1299. JNET Business Networking 7 […]

Shelter says horses need love, too

Lindero overpass complete, open to bikes and cars

With two added traffic lanes, a protected bike and pedestrian path and decorative motifs showcasing the Westlake Village lifestyle, the new Lindero Canyon bridge is a model gateway for Los Angeles County, Mayor Ned Davis said during a ribboncutting ceremony Tuesday. About three dozen city and county transportation officials and other stakeholders gathered on the bridge to mark the end […]


I visited a replica of a oneroom school while attending my daughter’s eighth-grade field trip to Knott’s Berry Farm recently. Our docent explained how highly respected and infrequently challenged schoolmarms were in early America. I thought about how trust has shifted as I read in The Acorn about Calabasas High students opting out of testing in “Students Opt Out of […]

Fired up about public safety