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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Stockton USD averts takeover by state

Nine months after it appeared Stockton Unified might be careening toward insolvency and a state takeover, officials say the district has stabilized its fiscal footing.

Paso Robles schools facing a rare situation for a district in county — insolvency

Facing cuts up to $2 million, the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District might not be fiscally solvent by the end of this school year — a predicament that has forced the county Office of Education to step in and provide oversight and support.

San Dieguito officials update school district budget

San Dieguito Union High School District officials updated their 2011-12 budget recently, saying they expect to bring in and spend almost $3 million more than they did when they approved the budget in June.

Galt elementary school district board makes up for violation of Brown Act

For roughly six days, Grace Malson was a member of the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District board of trustees. For one hour on Wednesday, she wasn’t. But by the end of that hour, her position had been restored and not much had changed.

Fresno Unified School District will dip into cash reserves to hire more teachers

Fresno Unified will dip into its reserve funds to try to alleviate crowding in some classrooms by hiring additional teachers.

Sanders calls mayoral involvement in schools 'uncomfortable discussion'

Starting what he called “an uncomfortable discussion,” Mayor Jerry Sanders helped launch a statewide conversation on mayoral involvement in schools Wednesday during the first in a series of California forums hosted by former Washington, D.C. education Chief Michelle Rhee.

Schools searching for ways to offset busing cuts

Education officials across San Diego County are scrambling to keep school buses rolling after the governor’s announcement this week that the state will cut $248 million in school transportation funding beginning Jan. 1.

LAUSD may cut adult and early childhood education programs

Los Angeles Unified faces a deficit of $532 million for the 2012-13 school year and may be unable to meet its financial obligations without an infusion of new revenue or cuts to some of its most popular programs, according to a preliminary estimate approved Tuesday.

Santa Clara County educators weigh opening 20 new charter schools

Rocketship Education, the upstart charter operator that has posted impressive test scores for traditionally struggling students, won approval early Thursday morning to more than triple its charter network by opening 20 new schools in Santa Clara County -- the largest single charter-school approval in the state.

Transportation cuts generate fierce response from school officials

Gov. Jerry Brown’s announcement of a $248 million cut in school transportation funds has triggered a fierce response from some of the state’s largest urban school districts as well as smaller rural ones. What is far less clear is how many districts will actual terminate bus routes this year.

Kerchner: Once more around the track of school reforms in Los Angeles Unified

In a new labor agreement that embraces local school autonomy, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has jumped from one school reform horse to another.

Buses will roll even with cuts

State education leaders on Wednesday painted a bleak picture of the nearly $1 billion in funding cuts announced this week, including $248 million that they said would force schools to reduce bus service. Inland school officials didn’t welcome the cuts, but most said they had planned for them and did not anticipate immediate changes in bus service. However, the cuts mean there is less money for other programs.

Lawsuit filed over cuts to school transportation

Los Angeles Unified filed suit late Wednesday against Gov. Jerry Brown and other state officials, seeking to block budget cuts that would gut the district's transportation program for magnet and special-education students.

Fensterwald: Jerry Brown’s cagily worded initiative

Californians like the shorthand explanation of the tax increase that Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing for November. Seventy percent in a recent poll said they’d favor the initiative if the money would go to K-12 schools. But this would be true only in a narrow, technical sense. Schools will likely get billions of dollars less.

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