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Friday, February 17, 2012

Willows schools plan to cut five teachers

Cuts in staff at Willows Unified School District will likely occur, including five teachers, unless something changes in the state budget.

Novato teachers appeal to parents for support

Unable to reach a deal with district officials, Novato's teachers' union -- whose most recent contract expired in 2009 -- took its message to parents Thursday, handing out fliers at the opening and closing of school.

Lawmakers advised to give schools options to make cuts in the fall

California lawmakers on Thursday began to tackle the perplexing problem of how to handle school funding in a year in which no one will know how much money will be available until after the next school year has begun.

FUSD decision to move college-prep program sparks anger

Parents meeting at two Fresno middle schools Thursday evening expressed outrage and concern over a plan to move the rigorous college-prep International Baccalaureate program.

No charges against students with AirSoft gun on bus

Sheriff's deputies said Thursday that Bernice Ayer Middle School will deal administratively with students involved in "horseplay" with an AirSoft gun aboard a school bus.

Sac City board votes to close Freeport Elementary School

Sacramento City Unified School District trustees traded jabs with each other as parents and teachers made emotional pleas during Thursday night's school board meeting to discuss school closures.

Former Lynwood school official charged with embezzlement

The Lynwood Unified School District's former chief business officer was charged Thursday with embezzling more than $700,000 in public funds and filing false tax returns.

Sexual misconduct allegations against LAUSD employees soaring

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Los Angeles Unified employees have soared since the sex-abuse scandal broke last month at Miramonte Elementary, with complaints ranging from possession of pornography to the rape of a student, according to officials and records.

Head of Berkeley schools fund steps down amid questions about past termination

A former Berkeley official, who was fired in 2007 and whose name appears in an audit that alleges misuse of federal funds, has left her job as head of a $23 million Berkeley schools tax fund, district officials said Wednesday.

West Contra Costa school board unanimously agrees to ask voters for more parcel tax money

In June, West Contra Costa school district voters will be asked to increase a parcel tax they are already paying to support schools and extend it to 2017. If approved, the district might not have to follow through on nearly 53 layoffs the board approved in a split vote Wednesday, board President Charles Ramsey said Thursday.

Gov. Jerry Brown softens possible cuts to kindergarten

Gov. Jerry Brown is tweaking his proposal to cut transitional kindergarten, meaning that schools may lose less money than originally thought.

Abuse cases put Los Angeles schools under fire

The accusations have raised fundamental questions for administrators: How does the sprawling district interact with local law enforcement agencies? Once school officials know about accusations of misconduct, when and how should parents be told? And how does the district track teachers who have been accused of wrongdoing but not convicted?

Bill would let school districts deny charters

A measure proposed in Sacramento would make it easier for districts to say no to charters. It would change a provision in the law that dictates that charter school applications must be considered without regard to the strain it might put on a school district's finances.

Baron: Beware Common Core and “dubious causality”

The horse race of international rankings in education is based on misconceptions that can lead countries such as the United States to consider sweeping reforms that probably won’t improve academic achievement, according to a new report

Fensterwald: Senators, don’t jam us on weighted formula

Senators on the Budget and Fiscal Review Committee generally praised the rationale and framework of Gov. Brown’s proposal to overhaul school funding in a four-hour hearing Thursday but questioned the details, timing, and the disparate financial impacts on school districts. One message came across clearly: They won’t be rushed into adopting Brown’s weighted student formula.

Lawmakers advised to give schools options to make cuts in the fall

California lawmakers on Thursday began to tackle the perplexing problem of how to handle school funding in a year in which no one will know how much money will be available until after the next school year has begun.

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