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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

District sues Huntington Beach over Beach/Warner project

The Ocean View School District is suing the city, saying the recently-approved environmental review of a proposed residential and commercial project would impact already-crowded schools and cost the district millions to accommodate the population growth.

Assembly OKs bill to weigh charter schools' impact

The Assembly passed union-backed legislation Monday that would allow charter school petitions to be rejected if they negatively affect a school district's finances.

Budget jeopardizes kindergarten program

California’s plan was to slowly raise the starting age of students in kindergarten while creating a new grade for those children left ineligible because of their fall birthdays. But with a looming budget deficit, the state may take back the gift, potentially leaving school districts in San Diego County and elsewhere in the lurch.

SD school board takes up budget

The San Diego board of education on Tuesday is expected to vote on a preliminary spending plan that would shape budget talks through June when it must adopt a final budget for the 2012-13 school year.

Report questions district P.R. aimed at election

A public-relations consultant paid $250 per hour by Sweetwater school district funds was compensated for gauging potential candidates’ interest in running for seats on the school board, an independent review by former U.S. Attorney Greg Vega has found.

Sweetwater legal fees effort fizzles

An effort to have the Sweetwater school district pay up to $1.3 million in legal fees for current and former officials ran into trouble Tuesday as the idea lacked support from the community and the school board.

Former campus aide suing LAUSD, claiming discrimination in firing from Lawrence Middle School

An ex-campus aide -- and former PTA president -- at a Chatsworth middle school has sued the Los Angeles school district for age, gender and racial discrimination.

Heimpel: Foster youth deserve to be left out of Brown’s plan to combine categorical funds

In 1981, the California State Legislature launched the Foster Youth Services program to address the educational needs of foster children, putting California at the vanguard of a national movement to level the educational playing field for students in foster care. But dramatic changes to how K-12 education is funded in Governor Jerry Brown’s latest proposed budget threaten this program.

California Assembly approves Mendoza bill making it easier for school districts to deny charter schools

The state Assembly Monday on a 45-28 vote approved Assemblyman Tony Mendoza's bill that would make to make it easier for school districts to turn down charter schools.

California Teachers Association backs Brown's tax plan

The California Teachers Association officially agreed Sunday to back Gov. Jerry Brown's multibillion-dollar tax plan, which should provide the governor hefty financial support for his fall campaign.

California schools get an 'A' in science

California is one of only two states to receive an "A" for meeting science education standards, according to a national report being released today.

Novato schools, union divided over teacher salaries

Novato school officials met with members of the district's teacher union Monday in a closed-session, 11th-hour effort to resolve an ongoing dispute over teacher salaries. The last contract for Novato teachers expired in 2009.

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