Thursday, May 23, 2013
It has been nearly 18 months
since the superintendent of the Salinas City Elementary School District
began a battle with cancer, and some employees believe her frequent
absences are taking a toll on the district's leadership.
The Upland Unified School
District Board of Trustees on Wednesday were updated on the district's
fiscal crisis as well as several ways to save a necessary $9 million in
the next fiscal year.
Thanks to local voters, the Temecula Valley Unified School District is beginning to pour about $35 million -- the first available chunk of the $165 million Measure Y bond measure approved last November -- into several facilities projects.
The trial concerning the legality of a public-school yoga program in Encinitas continued Tuesday, with testimony from a religious scholar who said the curriculum remains religious despite efforts to strip away any spiritual elements.
Dennis Byas was known for being frugal during his time as superintendent of schools, a characteristic that he took to heart. Byas, who announced his retirement this week, since 2009 has quietly refused to take his automatic 5 percent salary increase afforded to him in his contract each year, a fact discovered by this newspaper following a series of public records requests.
Jurors say the LAUSD must pay a fourth-grade special needs student $1.4 million after she was sexually assaulted five times by a male classmate during an after-school program in Chatsworth.
Teacher Monica Ratliff’s win of an open seat on L.A. Unified’s Board of Education Tuesday could provide some discomfort for the future of Superintendent John Deasy’s reform agenda.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Lodi Unified Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer received a contract
extension Tuesday night, a deal that will restore a previous
furlough-related pay cut and afford her early retirement benefits if she
decides to take them in five years.
When Civic Pride was established, the purpose was to provide a Lincoln
Unified alternative to programs for expelled students that are operated
by the San Joaquin County Office of Education.
The Pomona Unified School
District Board of Education on Tuesday night approved converting an
existing elementary school into a charter school where the educational
program will emphasize science and technology.
t least 300 protesters descended on a Desert Sands Unified school board meeting on Tuesday night, chanting for the school district to settle prolonged negotiations with the teachers union.
The San Diego County Grand Jury released a report Tuesday taking the Grossmont Union High School District Governing Board to task for not coming through on construction of a high school in Alpine despite passage of two bond measures.
San Diego schools have yet to join a whistle-blower lawsuit in Los Angeles claiming that Office Depot overcharged thousands of governments for supplies purchased through a nonprofit co-op that negotiated purchasing agreements.
School districts and community colleges statewide plan to form a consortium to find better ways of delivering adult education, said Jesus Holguin, a Moreno Valley school board member and vice president of the California School Boards Association.
Students in foster care will be moving to the front of the class if the new school accountability rules the governor proposed in his budget revision become law.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Some California Regional Occupational Centers – the primary providers of career technical education for high school students in the state – have been given a reprieve from Gov. Jerry Brown’s original plan to eliminate any future dedicated funding for them.
In the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, hundreds of students are suspended each year under a strict zero-tolerance policy. But this school year, the district is working to reduce its number of suspensions through a new form of discipline called restorative justice.
Before 2012, children who turned 5 on or before Dec. 2 were eligible to start kindergarten that fall. The Kindergarten Readiness Act rolled that date back to Nov. 1 last fall. It will be Oct. 1 this coming school year, and finally Sept. 1 in 2014. Transitional Kindergarten is offered for those children whose birthdays are caught up in the roll back.
How many kids will be in my daughter's class next year? Will there be Advanced Placement classes next year? How do we stop kids from leaving Denair High? Can we afford to pay you $600 a day? Parents peppered Denair Unified Interim Superintendent Walt Hanline with frank questions and got no-nonsense answers Monday night.
School district officials have reversed a decision that cost a top-performing Los Angeles campus about $300,000 in funding after parents uncovered evidence that a bureaucratic error led to the loss of funds. Five other schools also are likely to get more dollars as well.
Police say third-grade teacher Michael Howey made sure he had extracurricular activities for girls -- specifically arts and crafts, during recess for a choice group of students who made his "cutiest (sic) girl list."
The Mt. Diablo school board on Monday appointed John Bernard as interim superintendent through Sept. 30 and selected Leadership Associates to conduct its search for a permanent superintendent.
The principal and a teacher at Loma Vista Elementary have been placed on administrative leave while the Brentwood school district investigates the handling of a parent's claim regarding alleged abuse, which the police have since deemed unfounded.
Trial of a lawsuit that seeks to stop yoga instruction in the Encinitas Union School District got underway today in a San Diego courtroom. The lawsuit was filed by the National Center for Law and Policy on behalf of Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock, whose children attend one of the district's nine schools. They contend that Ashtanga yoga is religious in nature, and that opting out costs students physical education time.
The federal government made it clear again Monday that California will get no relief from education mandates that officials across the country consider a burden.
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