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Friday, February 10, 2012

School superintendent to retire

Lake Elsinore schools Superintendent Frank Passarella announced his retirement Thursday night, effective at the end of the school year, at a meeting where trustees later voted to eliminate almost all student busing.

Schools report low turnout so far for kindergarten roundup

Where have all the kindergartners gone? Heading into the final days of the annual Kindergarten Roundup, several Lodi schools are reporting a low turnout for kindergarten enrollment.

Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Young stresses college, career

The focus of education needs to shift from test scores to college and career readiness, Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth Young said Thursday in his state of education address.

California watches as 10 states win 'No-Child' waivers

President Barack Obama is freeing 10 states from tough testing regulations required by the much-maligned No Child Left Behind act, his administration announced Thursday.California decided against seeking a waiver for the initial round, with lawmakers and educators saying the cash-strapped Golden State could not afford to implement the reforms required by the Obama administration to secure a waiver.

Molly Munger's tax proposal makes her a major player in California ballot wars

Molly Munger's proposed initiative to raise state income taxes for all but the poorest Californians to fund schools and early childhood development programs – and the personal cash she has pledged to spend to put it on the ballot – makes her a major player in the 2012 ballot wars and a thorn in Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's side.

Los Angeles school in sex abuse scandal reopens

hildren returned Thursday to an elementary school where the entire staff was replaced after the arrests of two former teachers on charges of committing lewd acts with students in class.

San Jose principal escorted off campus, placed on leave

The principal of Schallenberger elementary school in San Jose has been placed on paid administrative leave, after being escorted off campus last week.

Eight workers placed on leave as Redwood City school district investigates teacher abuse allegations

The Redwood City School District placed eight employees on administrative leave Thursday and launched an investigation into its workers' handling of allegations that a teacher slapped and kicked special needs students during a two-month period.

Rural schools struggle as timber payments end

Over the past decade, a federal program that’s based on historic timber revenue has cushioned the loss of logging in forest communities. But the act expired in September, and the program’s final dollars will run out by the end of this year.

Fensterwald: First round of NCLB waivers

In early March, the State Board of Education will decide whether California will apply for the waiver from the No Child Left Behind law that the federal Department of Education awarded to an initial 10 states on Thursday. While not ruling out that possibility, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson hinted strongly Thursday that he remains inclined not to go there.

SD Unified, teachers need state to push back layoff notices

San Diego schools chief Bill Kowba has accepted a challenge from the teachers union to potentially call off a flurry of layoff notices set to go out to educators next month.

Miramonte teacher was paid $40,000 to drop dismissal challenge

LAUSD says it paid Mark Berndt to settle his challenge because it was blocked from investigating and defending its firing of the Miramonte Elementary teacher accused of sexually abusing students.

Banks: Not business as usual at L.A. Unified

L.A. Unified's swift action in response to the alleged sex abuse at Miramonte Elementary is a striking about-face for a district known for trying to contain scandals by sweeping them under the rug.

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