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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Report alleges longtime fraud in Bakersfield City SD departments

For more than 20 years there's been a history of public property being put to personal use and illegal recycling habits within divisions of the Bakersfield City School District, which could amount to criminal fraud, according to a state report released Tuesday.

Salinas high school board names new superintendent

Tim Vanoli, a 25-year veteran educator of the Salinas Union High School District, has been hired at its next superintendent.

New report shines light on principals

Marina High School Principal John Schilling set a goal this year to be in the classroom two days a week to observe instruction. But life at the busy campus has gotten in the way.

Marin schools expect smaller impact from budget cuts than initially feared

Mid-year budget cuts totaling $1 billion that were announced by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday will have much less of an impact on California's K-12 schools than many officials had feared. But don't expect to see Marin County's educators dancing in the streets.

Lodi Unified School District board appoints new leadership, approves K-6 curriculum

The new officers' first major move was to approve a new reading and language arts curriculum for kindergarten through sixth grade.

San Bernardino County schools show improvement in key areas

Low-performing schools in San Bernardino County continue to make progress in facility repair and in assigning teachers properly based on their area of expertise, the county's schools chief told the Board of Education Tuesday.

Colton teachers accept new contracts

Months of uncertainty and disagreement ended Monday, after the teachers union voted overwhelmingly to accept a new contract.

Capo charter school may squeeze out elementary school

A new K-8 charter school that shares its campus with an elementary school is petitioning the Capistrano Unified School District to increase enrollment by 144 kids next fall, a move that would force the elementary school to reduce its already dwindling enrollment and possibly put it on a path toward closure.

Parents, staff on edge about Sacramento City Unified's proposed school consolidations

Parents and staff at Leonardo da Vinci and Hollywood Park schools say they are hoping for some clarity tonight about proposals to consolidate the neighboring campuses.

Sweets on the loose at San Diego schools

Students across the city are involved this week in trafficking of a prohibited substance — candy canes! Sale of certain sweets — generally including the holiday treats — is banned on most public school campuses under a law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005, which went into effect in 2007.

School reformer to discuss mayoral involvement in schools

Just as education is creeping into the San Diego mayor’s race for the first time in recent memory, former Washington D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee will be in San Diego on Wednesday to kick off a series of education forums with California mayors.

Two dozen L.A. schools to lose federal funding

In the face of declining federal funds, Los Angeles school officials stripped about two dozen campuses of aid that has been used to improve the academic achievement of low-income students.

City schools still face big deficit

When the news came in this morning in that Gov. Jerry Brown would be making far smaller cuts to state education funding than previously expected, there were grins all round at a school board workshop at the San Diego Unified School District's headquarters. But Ron Little, the district's CFO, wasn't smiling.

Gov. pulls trigger, hits education

Midyear budget cuts hit California like a tornado on Tuesday, leaving public schools with less damage than anticipated while bearing down on state colleges and universities with full force. Gov. Jerry Brown announced that although state revenues rose, it wasn’t enough to stave off the so-called “trigger cuts” built into this year’s budget.

Los Angeles schools to sue California over bus cut

California's largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, announced today it will file suit to block the state from eliminating $248 million in school bus funding.

$1 billion in California budget cuts to kick in soon

California schools, libraries, prisons and disabled services will all be affected — with more to come, Gov. Jerry Brown warns.

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