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Monday, February 27, 2012

El Monte Union district's performance audit inconclusive

In the El Monte Union High School District, recent decisions regarding a pricy bond measure have been shrouded in secrecy, leaving residents scratching their heads about exactly what happened.

Keeping kids from dropping out

President Obama’s recent call for all states to require students to stay in school until age 18 is spurring discussion and debate across the country. But California has had such a law since 1977, and high dropout rates in some schools illustrate how mandatory attendance laws fail to prevent some kids from leaving school.

Officials tour school district's blight

The expedition was a prelude to Wednesday's 7:30 p.m. board meeting at John R. Williams, during which trustees are expected to decide whether to ask voters in June to approve a bond measure of nearly $50 million.

Residents list attributes they want for next Claremont Unified superintendent

Residents offered a list of desired traits for the next Claremont Unified School District superintendent on Thursday night. The attributes, which were shared at the second of two meetings on the subject, ranged from a strong background to getting out of the district office and into the community.

9 O.C. school districts in ‘financial jeopardy'

Nine Orange County school districts have filed preliminary spending plans indicating they might not be able to meet their financial obligations over the next two years, part of a group of 137 districts statewide that the state considers to be in "financial jeopardy."

Food trucks battling Calif. bill banning mobile food near schools

A bill introduced this month to prevent mobile vendors near California schools is causing an uproar among food trucks who fear they might be banned from serving students.

Bill would delay teacher pink slips

Without support from the teachers union, Assemblyman Marty Block, D-San Diego, introduced emergency legislation Friday that would allow the city school district to extend the deadline to issue teacher pink slips from March to June, when more accurate state budget information is available.

Carlsbad plans to cut 20 percent of its teachers

Carlsbad school trustees voted Friday night to cut about 20 percent of the district’s teaching staff to help bridge a $6.4 million gap in its operating budget for the coming school year.

Jerry Brown's school funding plan would send more to districts in poor areas

Twin Rivers Unified School District will be the Sacramento metropolitan area's big winner if California legislators agree to dramatically change the way schools are funded.

Blank: Community schools recognize the vital role of full-service partnerships

Using their ingenuity and creativity during these tough fiscal times, educators across California are finding new ways to improve educational outcomes for all students. School district leaders are embracing a strategy that blends a focus on instruction with a partnership approach that engages the entire community in creating the opportunities and support that students need to be ready for college, career, and citizenship.

Some California schools get twice the funding -- and more -- of others

Thirty-six years after the California Supreme Court ordered the state to fix its unequal system of funding schools, a gaping disparity remains between haves and have-nots. And it may not improve much any time soon.

Fensterwald: Charter movement’s U-shaped dilemma

Charter schools in California tend to be bipolar, with disproportionate numbers of very high and very low performing schools, according to a newly released analysis by the California Charter Schools Association.

California's parent trigger law meets new tests in Adelanto

The Adelanto school board rejects parents' petition for change, saying signatures to overhaul Desert Trails Elementary were rescinded. Now a controversy that mirrors one in Compton is simmering.

Walters: Why would the California Teachers Association back Jerry Brown's tax measure?

The California Teachers Association stands alone among major public education groups – at least so far – in supporting the tax-increase ballot measure Gov. Jerry Brown says is needed to prop up public schools.

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