Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Donald Zimring, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, likely will not have his contract renewed when it expires in June.
Gov. Jerry Brown released his much-anticipated ballot initiative Monday, to temporarily raise sales and income taxes and use the money to repay K-12 schools and community colleges billions of dollars owed to them. The governor is hoping to qualify the initiative, titled The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, for Novemberís election.
Schools in San Bernardino spend $14.75 to make French fries out of $5.95 worth of potatoes. Michiganís education departament gets free raw chicken worth $11.40 a case ó and sends them for processing into nuggets at $33.45 a case.
Four different tax-hike proposals, all of which would benefit public education, could qualify for the 2012 ballot. But while a November USC-L.A. Times poll showed that 64 percent of California voters would be willing to pay more taxes to help the stateís cash-strapped schools, studies have shown that support for more taxes or bonds via ballot initiative decreases when there are competing measures.
The Sweetwater Union High School District is pursuing a plan to bring hundreds of Chinese students to study at a middle school and high school campus in an ambitious program that could be launched as early as next school year.