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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Race gap in school discipline?

Though they represent only a small percentage of the population at Stockton Unified's four comprehensive high schools, black students receive a sizable percentage of the expulsions and suspensions, a disparity experts say is reflective of conditions across the nation.

New partnership will team San Rafael school and business leaders

For years, educators in the San Rafael City Schools have touted the district's high graduation rate as a mark of its students' success. Later this month, however, San Rafael school officials — with help from the nonprofit 114th Partnership — will begin asking different kinds of questions about their graduates, hoping to better determine what being a "successful" student really means.

Former Lodi Unified School District president reflects on term

When George Neely won a seat on the Lodi Unified School District board of trustees in November of 2010, he meant business. He spent that first year leading the board as president. Dec. 13 marked his transition from leader to one of the team. In his final moments leading the board, Neely thanked his fellow trustees for their hard work.

Some Elk Grove teachers are 'working to the contract' and no more

Many Elk Grove Unified teachers are "working to the contract." They are putting in their required 7.5-hour days and nothing more, said Maggie Ellis, Elk Grove Education Association president. The work action is protesting a district proposal to cap its contribution to medical premiums at the 2010 level, among other things.

Sacramento-area school districts mull response to fights

With fists flying on campuses and cellphones catching all the action, teachers face a growing dilemma. Do they intervene in fights and risk their own safety or catch criticism when videos show them hanging back and waiting for assistance?

Family sues Mt. Diablo school officials over bus mishap

When a Mt. Diablo school bus driver dropped off 5-year-old Isabelle Fardella at the wrong location more than a year ago, the girl got lost and couldn't find her way home. Nearly a year later, Isabelle began dreaming about the incident, crying that she would never get home. That's when Della Rocca decided to seek $7,500 in damages, claiming emotional distress to her family and post-traumatic stress to Isabelle, who is now 6.

Ramanthan: A blank check to Sacramento would be a Dickens of a bad deal

This November, California voters are going to be asked to vote for ballot initiatives to tax themselves and the rich to raise more money for education. Maybe it’s my repeated viewings of A Christmas Carol this past holiday season (or my experience working in districts and Sacramento), but the more I learn about these initiatives, the more I’ve been shouting “Bah, Humbug!”

Competing pressures put strain on school principals, study finds

California principals are facing shrinking budgets and mounting responsibilities to lead teachers and keep schools running — creating competing pressures that may make the job untenable, a study has found.

Call for one tax on November ballot

Later this week, Gov. Jerry Brown will get a letter from education and business leaders worried about the prospect of multiple tax initiatives in November. Their message: The only hope for addition to revenue is subtraction on the ballot.

Administrator guides Santa Barbara district’s Special-Education Department in new direction

Two years after a blistering report recommended an overhaul of the Santa Barbara Unified School District special education department, new leadership is working on lasting improvements.

Santa Ana school police launch new safety effort

The Santa Ana Unified School District is launching a school safety measure with a COPS grant of nearly $500,000, awarded by the Department of Justice.

California and Sacramento-area teachers took pay hits last year

School districts across California slashed teacher payrolls by historic amounts last school year, cutting 15,000 teachers and $1 billion from their budgets, according to a Bee review of new state data.

Gov. Brown yet to take on key education reforms

Despite being able to largely protect funding for the state’s K-12 schools—one of the signature accomplishments of his governorship to date—Gov. Jerry Brown has yet to make headway on the reforms he outlined in his education platform during his gubernatorial campaign.

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