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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Panama-Buena Vista Union teachers reject contract

Teachers at the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District overwhelmingly rejected a contract proposal with the district that included no furloughs, more teacher prep time and a rare and controversial medical benefits plan.

Oxnard's Brekke School first in district to get salad bar

Oxnard elementary school pupils lined up for fresh fruits and vegetables for lunch Monday at the launch of a program to encourage healthful eating.

Zimring to take early retirement

Donald Zimring, superintendent of the Las Virgenes Unified School District, will take an early retirement, ending his career with the district in August. Zimring's contract, which expires June 30, will be extended by one month to Aug. 1, when he will be eligible for his maximum retirement benefits.

2 Long Beach schools will close

The Long Beach Unified Board of Education on Tuesday unanimously approved the closures of Keller Elementary and Butler Middle schools as part of a reshuffling that will affect several schools and thousands of students next fall.

Placentia-Yorba Linda schools chief to retire

Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified Superintendent Dennis Smith has announced he will retire at the end of the school year. Smith, 60, has served as superintendent at the 25,800-student district for the past 12 years.

Brown initiative seeks higher taxes to avoid deep school cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown asked voters Monday to increase taxes on sales and the rich in California, warning of damaging cuts without new money and blaming Republicans for partisan gridlock.

Field trips proceed despite "free school" issue

The San Diego Unified School District this week put this yearís field trips to the East Coast on hold, briefly. Officials discussed whether the trips violate the state Constitutionís guarantee of a free public school education ó and a provision of state law saying no student can be turned away from a field trip for lack of means. On Tuesday, Superintendent Bill Kowba put out a memo saying the trips for this year can proceed.

Layoffs, cuts again forecast for SD schools

With education funding expected to go from bad to worse, San Diego schools are bracing for immediate cuts to this yearís budget and another round of walloping cuts next year that would result in larger classes, massive layoffs and a reduction in art, music and other programs.

School board OKs health study

Loma Linda University medical researchers will be allowed to test school children to determine whether they have been affected by pollution from a nearby rail yard, San Bernardino City Unified School District trustees decided Tuesday night.

With boost from California, charter schools enroll 2 million students nationally

Charter schools enrolled 2 million public school students this fall, with California playing a major role in helping it reach that milestone, according to figures released today.

Kocivar: PTA unites behind an initiative to transform and fairly fund our schools

The November 2012 statewide ballot presents an opportunity we canít afford to miss for our children. Thatís when voters will have a chance to do something truly transformative for our public schools by passing the Our Children, Our Future: Local Schools and Early Education Investment Act, which was submitted to the Attorney General last week.

Herdt: Glitzy pensions? Not for teachers

As certain segments of the public work themselves into a frenzy over public-employee pensions and serious-minded analysts sound alarms over California government pensions that are, in the words of the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, "among the most generous in the country," there is one class of public employees that doesn't belong in the conversation.Teachers.

Fensterwld: Aspire shares one of its data tools

Aspire Public Schools, the stateís largest charter school organization, is giving away a spoonful of its secret sauce and hinting that more free stuff is coming.

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