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Friday, January 6, 2012

Interim schools chief 'surpassed everyone's expectations'

When the Bakersfield City School District named D. Kent Ashworth interim superintendent last summer, he told The Californian he'd "steer the ship" as long as needed. He's done just that -- and much more -- say teachers, trustees and local school officials. In fact, they say he's helped change the entire culture of the district in just six months.

Sweetwater suspends contracts, initiatives

Sweetwater schools Superintendent Ed Brand has taken action to suspend several district contracts and initiatives in response to criminal charges this week against four current and former officials.

Valley Home Joint School District has new leader

Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis started her job as Valley Home Joint School District superintendent-principal this week. In her new post, she is sole administrator for the 170-student district, a big change from her last job in the bustling administrative complex of Modesto City Schools.

Brown budget could increase class sizes and exclude tens of thousands from kindergarten

Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed education budget calls for phasing out one of California’s oldest and most popular school reform programs — the state’s K-3 class size reduction program — and postponing, perhaps indefinitely, the rollout of its newest, a “transitional kindergarten” program for 4-year-olds.

Baron: Districts get power, if not cash, in Gov’s budget

California schools could gain billions or once again face the threat of a midyear budget cut under the 2012-13 budget proposal released in Sacramento yesterday by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Fensterwald: Switch to weighted funding, local control

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing to overhaul how K-12 schools are funded, starting with next year’s budget. The move to a “weighted pupil funding” formula would vastly simplify the current complicated and inequitable funding system and shift responsibility for most spending decisions to the local level.

Schools will be cut $4.8 billion if taxes don't pass, Gov. Jerry Brown says

Putting schools and voters squarely in the middle of what could be an explosive battle over taxes, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday laid out a fiscal blueprint that heavily relies on cash the state doesn't yet have.

Gov. Jerry Brown's new budget plan targets schools

Public education funds would be cut by $4.8 billion if voters reject a proposed tax hike the governor hopes to place on ballot.

Brown’s Budget sends ‘ransom note’ to California voters on tax increases

Governor Jerry Brown proposed a budget that would lop off the equivalent of three weeks from the public school year if voters reject his proposal for $7 billion in temporary tax increases.

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