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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ex-lawyer is on a mission to keep schools fair

With the persistence of a gadfly, the zeal of a civil rights activist and the know-how of a lawyer, Sally Smith has made it her mission to challenge the San Diego public school system and many others across California that require students to foot the bill for basic school activities.

Stockton USD trustees terminate deputy superintendent

Stockton Unified School District trustees voted to terminate the contract of Deputy Superintendent Sheree Audet on Tuesday night, effective April 30.

EdSource: Transitional kindergarten teachers say they need more training

Ninety-five percent of the first transitional kindergarten teachers in California had previously taught preschool, kindergarten or 1st grade, but said they could have used more training on how to teach 4-year-olds,  according to a new report American Institutes for Research.

Residents critical of Santa Ana district's discipline efforts

The Santa Ana Unified School District board faced a packed house Tuesday, with a steady stream of local residents calling for a reshaping of student discipline in the wake of a controversial arrest of a 14-year-old boy.

New contract for Poway superintendent

The Poway Unified school board Wednesday night awarded Superintendent John Collins a three-year contract with a $63,000 raise in base pay — a pact the district says will actually save money.

Charter of Van Nuys’ CHAMPS in jeopardy over staffer’s $27,000 credit-card misuse

Charter High School of the Arts officials have 10 days to convince Los Angeles Unified they’ve fixed mismanagement that let a former staffer rack up $27,000 in personal expenses on her school charge card and quit without repaying it.

May 6 voting deadline looms for school parcel tax election

Just a little over a week remains for Lamorinda voters to decide whether to tax themselves for an indefinite period of time to continue funding local public schools.

Survey finds Californians back both Common Core and new funding formula

Resistance to the Common Core State Standards may be spreading in parts of Red State America, but Californians are learning more about the new math and reading standards and generally like what they have heard, according to a new survey by the Public Policy Institute of California.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Stockton USD to vote on charter in May

The Stockton Unified School District has 30 days to decide if it will recommend approval of a new dual immersion language and International Baccalaureate charter school on Fremont Street.

Gonzales schools banking on bond

The school bond initiative would provide $16.9 million toward building a new elementary school and upgrades at La Gloria Elementary and Fairview Middle schools.

Monterey school district delays naming superintendent

The contract was ready to be approved. A recess to welcome the new top administrator was on the agenda. But at the last minute, plans to appoint a new superintendent for the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District were dropped from Tuesday's regular trustee meeting.

Autism cases increase by 8% among Calif. public school students

The number of California public school students who have been diagnosed with autism increased by 8% from 2013 to 2014, bringing the total number of diagnosed children in the state to nearly 79,000, according to data from the state Department of Education, the Sacramento Bee reports.

California's drought ripples through businesses, then to schools

One area that has officials worried is the effect on education in places affected by the drought. Jane Brittell, the principal at Lorena Falasco Elementary School in Los Banos, a town about 35 miles north of Mendota, says she's worried that the drought will force families to leave and pull their kids out of school.

Bond firm's gifts to California school officials probed

California’s political watchdog is investigating whether school officials failed to report gifts from municipal bond underwriter Stone & Youngberg, now a unit of Stifel Financial Corp. (SF)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Common Core boosts push for technology in classrooms

If there’s one thing certain about Common Core, it’s that technology will play a much bigger role in Ventura County classrooms.

Yoga program to expand beyond Encinitas

The foundation that brought yoga to Encinitas elementary schools will hold an open house to announce plans to expand the program nationally Wednesday night.

Sweetwater board backs agreement with teachers

The three remaining trustees on the Sweetwater Union High School District board voted unanimously Monday to approve a contract agreement with the district’s teachers union.

Credit card spending could cost Van Nuys school its charter

Charter High School of the Arts in Van Nuys could lose its charter because officials failed to act when a former employee racked up $27,000 in personal expenses on her school credit card.

Orinda school board refuses to hear complaint against principal

Three years after hearing complaints from parents about what they claim is strict and overly harsh punishment of students by an elementary school principal, a majority of Orinda School District trustees have voted down an appeal to hear a new complaint filed by a teacher against the administrator.

D.A. says no charges warranted over L.A. schools' iPad contract

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has reviewed an internal L.A. school district report on its iPad contract and concluded that criminal charges are not warranted.

EdSource: Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

Retired principal Frances Byfield used translators, meals, babysitting, and prize raffles to motivate parents to attend the district’s 23 LCAP community workshops. Each meeting venue was prepped in advance to identify locations to set up audio-visual equipment, childcare services, and meals consisting of turkey sandwiches in the evenings and coffeecake in the mornings.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Shoreline superintendent dismissal unpopular among parents, school employees

The Shoreline School District Board of Trustees has opted to move on from first-year Superintendent Tom Stubbs, upsetting many of the district's parents and employees who want him to stay.

Three new high schools in the works in Long Beach Unified

Plans are underway to open three new high schools in Long Beach Unified — two small public schools and a charter school.

High-paid Centinela Valley school chief can cash in lucrative whole-life insurance policies

The embattled superintendent of the Centinela Valley school district — who is under investigation for his massive pay — took out a $750,000 life insurance policy before securing approval from the school board to do so, the Daily Breeze has learned.

Former Woodside principal won't face charges in molestation-by-teacher case

Contra Costa prosecutors said Friday they will not file criminal charges against a former Woodside Elementary School principal for how she responded to the conduct of teacher Joseph Martin, who faces 150 child molestation counts involving 14 Woodside students.

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