Educators applaud new federal law replacing No Child Left Behind

States will play stronger role in setting school policy

The controversial No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been left behind. Congress replaced the 15-year law often criticized for its unrealistic education benchmarks with a new federal mandate, the Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA. President Obama signed the bill into law Dec. 10 following strong approval by the House and Senate. The thrust of the new law […]

Fight & flight

An Oaks Christian High School senior who is only weeks away from earning her pilot’s license is learning about aviation from the ground up at the Commemorative Air Force Museum in Camarillo. Emmalea McNay, 17, a Newbury Park resident, works on airplanes, directs runway traffic and talks with World War II veterans in addition to taking flying lessons. “There is […]

Blacklisted screenwriter defends free speech

The Movie Nut

Think of “Trumbo” as the flip side of “The Intern.” That movie was a fictional comedy; this one’s a fact-based drama. But both are the stories of a man with experience who wanted to keep doing his job. Both have high production values, a good cast and a strong male actor in the lead role. And both stories may be […]

Teens can drop in, have fun at rec center

The time is almost here for teens to get their Teen Memberships for 2016. The Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center has its very own Teen Center, The Garage. Many social activities are planned for middle school students beginning Jan. 4, 2016. The membership fee is $10 and includes many perks like access to the teen center, clubs, after school […]

Westlake’s new Lindero bridge wins acclaim


The American Public Works Association recently recognized the City of Westlake Village’s newly reconstructed Lindero Canyon Road Overpass with a 2015 APWA “Best” award in the transportation category for cities under 50,000 in population. Representatives from the city—including Mayor Pro Tem Brad Halpern, Councilmember Kelly Honig, city manager Ray Taylor and city engineer John Knipe—attended the APWA Southern California Chapter’s […]

Registration underway for kids’ winter leagues

Registration is underway for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Conejo Valley’s winter coed Jr. NBA Basketball and Sunday Soccer leagues for kids ages 3 through 12. Both leagues will run from Jan. 17 through March 13. The Jr. NBA sessions will take place at the Los Cerritos Middle School gym, 2100 E. Avenida De Las Flores, Thousand Oaks. […]

Holiday show shares music and stories

PLAY REVIEW /// ‘Christmas Magic!’

Most Christmas shows tend to be straightforward renderings of classic Christmas songs presented in a workmanlike fashion with very little variation. Get up to the mike, sing the songs that everyone knows, and make way for the next one. “Christmas Magic!” which closed last Sunday at the High Street Arts Center in Moorpark, was something different: a refreshing, highly engaging […]


Lynn Nakada,, a student from Agoura Hills received a Master of Science in criminal justice from Boston University in September. The university awarded academic degrees to 1,640 students at the fall graduation.

Las Virgenes district does the school board shuffle

The annual Las Virgenes school board reorganization meeting this month offered a farewell to longtime trustees Cindy Iser and Jill Gaines and a hello to a pair of newly elected trustees, Mathy Wasserman and Linda Menges. The boardroom was packed with family members, school administrators, teachers, past school board members and city officials, many of whom gave heartfelt testimony to […]

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