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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Stockton USD trustees approve sending layoff notices to 150 teachers

Trustees approved the issuing of nearly 150 layoff notices to Stockton Unified School District teachers Tuesday night, even as union members argued against the decision.

Former Charter Oak coach says he was fired for being gay, files suit against district

A former water-polo coach who claims he was fired last summer for being gay has filed a lawsuit against the Charter Oak Unified School District, alleging discrimination and wrongful termination.

Palm Springs area school districts let thousands go unpaid

The Palm Springs Unified School District failed to collect from its teachers union more than $150,000 — money owed over the past three years for the union president's compensation, The Desert Sun has found.

Lid's off divided Sacramento school board

With four trustees up for election, an abrupt new vote on school closures – a cost-cutting approach championed by the teachers union – has fueled both high emotion and accusations of political intrigue in recent weeks.

SD Unified moves closer to pink slips

Nearly 20 percent of San Diego Unified’s elementary school teachers are set to receive layoff notices next month under the first personnel report released by the district since the board of education tentatively approved $124 million in cuts to next year’s $1.1 billion operating budget in January.

LAUSD's Mrs. Short retires after 57 years

Dwight Eisenhower was president and James Dean was a rebellious screen idol when Marylin Short started her teaching job with Los Angeles Unified.

Teachers and Fontana district settle lawsuit over counselors

For 17-year counselor Fred Conklin, the settlement between the school district and the teachers association over the firing of its counselors last year is a good thing.

LAUSD: Not enough money or people to end social promotion of unprepared students

Despite the school board's desire to end social promotion, Los Angeles Unified lacks the money and personnel to eliminate the practice of passing academically unprepared students to the next grade level, officials said.

Auction of Claremont Unified property fetches more than $6 million

Home builder D.R. Horton put in the winning bid of $6.2 million for a 4.35-acre piece of Claremont Unified School District property.

Mt. Diablo school board approves 89 layoffs and the departure of 72 Clayton Valley High teachers

The Mt. Diablo school district will see a mass exodus of teachers over the summer when 72 educators who currently work at Clayton Valley High voluntarily leave the district in advance of the school's conversion to a charter.

Dublin school board votes to put bond measure on June ballot

Dublin residents will vote June 5 on a $99 million school bond measure to build and improve classrooms, buildings, and equipment, the Dublin school board decided Tuesday night.

Future home for Inspire remains unclear

After more than three hours of discussion, the future home for Inspire School of Arts and Sciences remains an open question.

Commission: Community colleges should take over adult schools run by school districts

Community colleges should take over all adult school programs from cash-strapped school districts, the LIttle Hoover Commission, a state watchdog agency, recommended yesterday.

Teachers' contracts hinder misconduct investigation

A 1990s agreement, in exchange for a pay cut, to place "pre-disciplinary" documents in an "expired file" after four years complicates the Los Angeles Unified School District's attempts to review records.

Fensterwald: Parent Trigger II - Desert warfare

State regulations written to bring order and rationality to the Parent Trigger petition process are getting a bruising debut in the Mojave Desert town of Adelanto.

Adelanto parent-trigger supporters claim fraud

Parents battling to improve their struggling Mojave Desert school charged Tuesday that opponents had illegally altered documents in a campaign to defeat their petition to transform the campus into a charter school.

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