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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Clements school donated back to town

A dozen members of the Clements community let out a cheer Tuesday night, celebrating the Lodi Unified Board of Trustees' decision to donate the shuttered Clements Elementary School back to the town's people to use as a community center.

Board approves teacher layoffs

Temecula school trustees voted Tuesday night to eliminate 120 teaching positions next year, as the district faces a potential $24 million budget shortfall.

Charter school asks to expand

Leaders at Vista's Guajome Park Academy have asked Vista Unified School District trustees to allow the school to expand later this year to serve as many as 150 younger students.

Long Beach school board votes to lay off 300 employees

In the first phase of proposed budget cuts, the Long Beach Unified Board of Education on Tuesday approved the layoff of more than 300 employees, including the entire teaching staff of the Head Start preschool program.

Transportation bill saves Arcohe Union School District money

The Arcohe Union School District will save about $51,000 next school year thanks to a bill recently signed by the governor to restore $248 million statewide in mid-year budget cuts.

County schools trustee seeks another look at replacing superintendent

The recent decision to appoint a replacement for the elected position of Superintendent of Schools will be revisited Friday in a special meeting of the Butte County Board of Education.

District to charge higher fees for new developments

The Coachella Valley Unified School District on Tuesday voted 7 to 0 to increase the facilities fees charged for new construction within the district boundaries.

Courses for laid-off or new teachers emphasize math, science

A new partnership between California State University, Sacramento, and the Sacramento City Unified School District aims to put out-of-work teachers back in classrooms by helping them earn credentials in the hard-to-fill areas of mathematics and science.

School layoffs in Carlsbad

At least 116 Carlsbad Unified employees are set to be served with layoff notices by the middle of next month, according to a report released late last week.

Campaign for Adelanto charter school falls short

School officials in the High Desert community of Adelanto say there weren't enough signatures under the parent trigger law to mandate a charter conversion.

Teacher seniority rights remain intact in Oakland's public schools

Seniority rules and teacher transfer rights will remain intact in Oakland Unified this year, despite the superintendent's call for a change.

Vargo: Opportune time to rethink accountability and factor in improvement

California is apparently passing up the opportunity to request a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law, setting up another round of schools and districts to be labeled as failing. Interestingly, state leaders say they are opting to keep in place a set of requirements that no one seems to support as a protest against the imposition of a new set of requirements, even though states are being invited to help craft the new requirements.

Fensterwald: Districts’ funding under weighted formula

In its broadest terms, the weighted student formula system gives extra dollars to districts with large numbers of English-learning students and those from families with low incomes – out of recognition that these children require extra resources to compensate for their disadvantages, and perhaps to attract and retain good teachers.

New LAUSD plan would limit homework to 20% of grade

Following an uproar last year over a policy that limited homework to 10 percent of a student's grade, Los Angeles Unified officials are recommending a cap of 20 percent, along with guidelines on how much time should be spent on outside assignments.

LAUSD substitute thrice accused of abuse moved to another district

The substitute teacher quit after the third inquiry and started working in Inglewood schools. Police later found video of him molesting a girl in that district; he was charged, but he fled and is at large.

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