Thursday, April 24, 2014
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 Unified School District trustees voted to terminate the
contract of Deputy Superintendent Sheree Audet on Tuesday night,
effective April 30.
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.
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
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 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.
little over a week remains for Lamorinda voters to decide whether to tax
themselves for an indefinite period of time to continue funding local
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
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.
The school bond initiative would provide $16.9 million toward building a
new elementary school and upgrades at La Gloria Elementary and Fairview
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.
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.
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.
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
If there’s one thing certain about Common Core, it’s that technology will play a much bigger role in Ventura County classrooms.
The foundation that brought yoga to Encinitas elementary schools will
hold an open house to announce plans to expand the program nationally
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Plans are underway to open three new high schools in Long Beach Unified — two small public schools and a charter school.
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.
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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