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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lodi Unified eases teachers' fret

For the first time in four years, Sutherland Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Denise Woods is spending a winter in her classroom free from the stress of worrying whether she will have a job come fall.

School gets new cosmetology building

Sonora Union High School District’s new cosmetology building is on track to be finished by spring, according to district Superintendent Mike McCoy.

Local educators weigh in on No Child Left Behind Act waivers

Local administrators said they hope for a system that actually recognizes improvement instead of punishing schools that don't meet rigid targets.

Proposed legislation aims to keep food trucks away from schools

A bill aimed at restricting mobile food vendors access to schools is catching some heat from vendors and food truck lovers in California.

Ross Valley School District's parcel tax could reflect concerns about state

A recent legal notice suggests the district — like many other school districts throughout California — may be considering a worst-case scenario, in which a series of tax measures proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown are rejected by voters next November, and schools would have to scramble to make up for a loss of state monies using local funds.

Long Beach school board may lay off 300 employees

The Long Beach Unified Board of Education on Tuesday will consider laying off more than 300 full-time employees, mostly teachers, in an effort to offset further cuts in state funding.

Galt high school district expects $1.9 million shortfall

Among the issues facing the district in 2012-13 are automatic pay increases already approved in union contracts and paying for positions funded this year by one-time federal money.

SD Unified moves massive bond plan forward

The San Diego Unified School District is moving forward with plans to float a $2.5 to $2.8 billion bond measure on the November ballot to generate revenue to repair and upgrade schools — and free up money in its strapped general fund.

Heavy competition for school tax measures

Unless someone blinks, voters could face three competing measures on the November ballot that will ask them to raise taxes in the name of schools. The individual merits of each have been largely overshadowed by growing warnings that the powerful sponsors — Gov. Jerry Brown, teacher unions and the PTA, among them — must either coalesce behind a single initiative or risk having voters turn down all three.

105 Chino Valley teachers, other employees to receive preliminary layoff notices

The list includes 25 counselors, 19 school nurses, nine elementary music teachers, three high school assistant principals, a high school home economic teacher, biology teacher among others.

In the Bay Area and across the country, teachers are discussing possible changes to their profession

As policymakers zero in on the role of teachers in public schools, the U.S. Department of Education has launched the RESPECT Project, an initiative to change the teaching profession and raise its status in American society.

Pomona superintendent to take the district's funding hardship story to the community

Pomona Unified School District, like other school districts around the state, is preparing a 2012-2013 budget that will require millions of dollars worth of cuts. But before decisions on what to cut are made Superintendent Richard Martinez will hold a series of community meetings to talk about the district's budgetary outlook.

Humboldt school districts react to new funding model

As Humboldt County school districts prepare their budgets for next year, officials are trying to wrap their heads around a new proposal from the governor that would allocate additional funding to schools based on the number of low-income students and English-language learners.

School districts plan for worst-case scenario; Humboldt could lose $6 million in education funding

If Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax increases fail in November, the worst-case scenario for Humboldt County schools is a cut of about $6 million, according to the county Superintendent of Schools Garry Eagles.

John Deasy: LAUSD broke state law

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy said Friday the district broke state law by waiting a year to tell California's teacher credentialing agency that it was firing an instructor under investigation for alleged lewd acts with students.

Oakland's McClymonds High is a full-service school

After school each day, dozens of students at Oakland's McClymonds High School crowd through a generic-looking door and into a space that offers them amenities that are few and far between in their West Oakland neighborhood.

'Parent trigger' campaign divides families at troubled Adelanto elementary school

Some angry parents want to remove their names from petitions seeking charter status before the school board votes.

Tax plans would boost schools but leave social safety net vulnerable

As education groups battle over which California tax initiative would give the biggest boost to schools, advocates for low-income residents fear safety-net programs remain vulnerable no matter what happens on the ballot in November.

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