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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Kindergarten program might lose funding

School districts throughout San Joaquin County are likely to have to hit the brakes on implementing previously planned transitional kindergarten programs this fall.

Toliver touts Stockton USD's progress

Superintendent Carl Toliver released a 17-page document this week publicizing Stockton Unified's accomplishments since he ended his retirement in July 2010 and assumed the school district's reins.

Paso Robles likely to target teacher salaries

With the threat of a state takeover looming, teacher pay and benefits will be targeted for cuts in the financially troubled Paso Robles school district, the head of the teacher’s union said.

Carlsbad USD to form school closure committee

Trustees in Carlsbad moved a step closer to closing two schools as soon as this summer with a vote Thursday to form a committee to consider the move.

Palm Springs Unified School District service facility finished

Construction has wrapped up on the Palm Springs Unified School District's new service center in Palm Springs. Finishing touches are still being placed on the 102,000-square-foot building, which will house the district's maintenance, warehouse, mechanics and reprographics employees by the end of the month.

Is shorter school year in store for Fresno Unified?

California budget officials could send more money to the Fresno Unified School District if state voters approve a package of tax increases in November.

Funds earmarked for new Sac City high school may be reallocated

Sacramento City Unified School District officials will discuss reallocating $8 million originally set aside for a court-ordered new high school at a school board meeting tonight.

Natomas trustees move to cut staff, restructure departments, jobs

The Natomas Unified School District board on Wednesday night voted to approve an extensive list of recommendations that includes reducing staff, restructuring administrative salaries, reorganizing departments and changing job descriptions.

Sweetwater says workers stole from cafeterias

Eight cafeteria workers are under investigation in the Sweetwater Union High School District as officials examine allegations of widespread theft and nepotism, citing at least $500,000 in losses.

County trustees approve Clayton Valley High charter school

At a packed meeting Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Education unanimously approved Clayton Valley High School's conversion to a charter school. More than 50 people spoke for and against the petition, which the county approved for three years starting in the fall. Those in favor of the charter said the Mt. Diablo school district had failed their students.

New state architect to discuss seismic reforms

Newly appointed State Architect Chester Widom is slated to discuss today what steps seismic regulators are taking to address problems with their enforcement of earthquake safety requirements for public schools.

New year brings new expectations for “parent trigger” law

Educators in California will be watching closely this year to see whether the so-called “parent trigger” law approved by the state Legislature exactly two years ago amid predictions that it would effect radical changes in schools across the state, will have any significant impact on the California education landscape.

LA study: Poor students stuck with worst teachers

Good teachers are the key to accelerating academic achievement by Hispanic and black students to levels on par with their white and Asian counterparts, but poor, minority children are consistently stuck with the worst instructors, according to a study released Thursday.

Budget unknowns put school district planners in sticky spot

Gov. Jerry Brown wants school districts to budget optimistically this year, assuming voters fearful of deep education cuts will approve higher taxes in November. But districts, knowing they would bear the financial risk if they overspend in the fall, are loath to assume the taxes will pass.

Baron: Warming up to an NCLB waiver

For the second time in as many months, the acting Assistant Secretary of Education came to California to call on the State Board of Education to apply for a waiver from most of the requirements and penalties of the No Child Left Behind law.

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