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Friday, February 24, 2012

Six local school districts in financial jeopardy

Six local school districts may have to make drastic cuts in coming years to stay fiscally afloat, the California Department of Education reported. But there's good news, too: a few Kern County districts have been taken off the state department list of financially troubled districts.

Rio to start search for new chief

Rio School District officials plan to start searching for a new superintendent over the next few months, trustees said Thursday.

Elementary district rejects proposal to merge with high school district

Trustees in the Escondido Union School District shot down a proposal to unify with a neighboring high school district Thursday night, citing financial uncertainties and other reasons for their decision.

Galt Joint Union High School District on distress list again

For the second year in a row, the Galt Joint Union High School District has landed on the state Department of Education list of financial distress.

Local school districts among agencies in financial straits

In the first of its two annual Interim Status Reports, the state assigned seven districts negative certification, meaning that the state projects the districts to fall short of their financial obligations for fiscal year 2011-12 or 2012-13.

Students' rat-poison plot targeted Fresno Unified teacher

Three Fresno Unified School District fifth-graders were suspended after they plotted to put rat poison in their teacher's coffee, the Fresno Teachers Association said Thursday.

O.C. education chief: students need more school

Orange County’s public schools can better prepare students to compete in a global economy by extending the school year, county Superintendent William Habermehl said Thursday.

El Paso educator to lead Santa Clara County schools

For the next Santa Clara County superintendent of schools, the county Board of Education has chosen a man who cleaned up a political mess in an El Paso, Texas, school district, reached out to teachers and helped boost achievement.

L.A. Unified to report all teacher misconduct cases to state

The action, aimed at protecting students, covers hundreds of teachers who have been investigated by school officials or police for alleged misdeeds ranging from sexual abuse to excessive absenteeism.

Former Beverly Hills school superintendent gets 60 days in jail

The former schools chief in Beverly Hills was sentenced Thursday to spend 60 days in jail for misappropriating public funds.

LAUSD in financial jeopardy

Los Angeles Unified is among 127 districts in California that are at risk of financial jeopardy, according to a report released Thursday by the state.

Baron: Financially strained districts on the rise

Nearly a third of California students attend school in a district facing dire financial circumstances. A report released yesterday by the State Department of Education shows that 127 of California’s 1,037 school districts are now designated as either in negative or qualified budget territory. And that’s before taking the January trigger cuts into account.

Affeldt: Outside evaluator must tell us how well prepared are we for Common Core

California, like many states, is embarking on an ambitious rewiring of its public school system. Because this undertaking is too important to implement poorly or unevenly, Public Advocates is calling for an independent study of how well California’s Common Core implementation is proceeding.

Defying Jerry Brown, tax proponents launch campaign

Backers of a $10-billion income tax hike to fund California public schools launched a petition drive on Thursday to qualify the measure for the November ballot, brushing off a poll by Gov. Jerry Brown's political operation that showed their effort is deeply unpopular with voters.

Poll finds majority support for two of three California tax increase measure

Housing woes and high unemployment continue to burden California pocketbooks, but voters say they support higher taxes – albeit mostly on the rich – according to a new Field Poll.

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