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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Teacher accused of porn sites link is fired

Lincoln Unified trustees voted unanimously Wednesday night to fire Heidi Kaeslin, a Lincoln High School special-education teacher who was placed last year on paid leave amid allegations she was operating pornographic websites on a school computer with a Stockton police officer as her partner.

Lincoln Unified will put bond measure before voters

Lincoln Unified voters will decide June 5 whether to approve a $48.5 million bond measure that would pay to renovate schools and fund installation of solar-energy systems at most district facilities.

School districts solvent, but worries persist

Tuolumne and Calaveras county school districts are in better shape financially than many others in California, according to a list of distressed school districts recently released by the state Department of Education.

Lucia Mar school district could face $2 million budget shortfall

The Lucia Mar school district may face a nearly $2 million shortfall in the next fiscal year, but for the first time since 2009, the gap isn’t proposed to be filled through layoffs, furloughs or other cuts to employee compensation.

Debris cleared near Twin Oaks Elementary

The San Marcos Unified School District has cleared debris from a site next to Twin Oaks Elementary and abandoned plans to recycle the material after complaints from parents that the operation may risk children's health.

More than 200 Pomona teachers to receive preliminary layoff notices

Pomona Unified School District Board of Education members voted Tuesday night to authorize district administrators to issue preliminary layoff notices to 91 certificated employees, the majority of them teachers.

Capo district to clarify gifts ban in wake of coach firings

Capistrano Unified trustees on Wednesday night will discuss revisions to a district policy governing how employees make school purchases and accrue credits and incentives, just two days after they fired three high school coaches believed to have secretly received kickbacks from a sporting equipment company.

St. HOPE Public School 7 is state's Charter School of the Year

A Sacramento charter school and the leader of three Rocklin schools were awarded top honors by the California Charter Schools Association at its 19th annual conference in Sacramento this week.

Natomas school trustees cut jobs, raise administrator pay

The Natomas Unified School District board voted Tuesday to increase the pay of a number of administrators on the same night it voted to cut physical education and arts teachers in elementary school as well as other positions.

Castro Valley trustees to vote on cuts at special meeting

The school board will consider $3.4 million in cuts at a special Thursday meeting in an effort to be prepared for the worst possible outcome should state tax measures fail come November.

Grants make big difference at some East Bay schools

The U.S. Department of Education grant program is aimed at reforming failing schools within three years. In Hayward, Mt. Diablo, and West Contra Costa districts, the money has made a huge difference by funding staff, programs and training that immediately boosted test scores, as evidenced

Antioch teacher, counselor positions face uncertainty

Several teachers and counselors in the Antioch Unified School District could be out of work at the end of the school year, as trustees approved distributing pink slip notifications for just over 20 positions Wednesday.

Parent volunteers help fill gaps at schools hit by budget cuts

Step inside any public school these days, and you’ll likely see parents working alongside the staff. They’re running arts education in some schools, coordinating major fundraisers, setting up school assemblies and planting campus gardens. The deep budget cuts of recent years have left a void, and an army of parents is trying to fill it with donated money and time.

Senate leader wants task force to improve school seismic safety

The chairwoman of the state Senate disaster preparedness committee is calling for new building standards and an overhaul of California's seismic safety law in the wake of a California Watch investigation and a scathing audit that found significant flaws in the state's oversight of public school construction.

L.A. Unified head seeks end to misconduct file rule

John Deasy says unproven allegations of misconduct against teachers should not be removed from personnel files after four years. The rule dates back to a teachers' contract in the early 1990s.

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