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Monday, March 5, 2012

Yreka High School district board makes cuts

The Yreka Union High School (YHS) District Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday was plagued with talk of future budget cuts as well as votes to eliminate a position next year and cut two employees’ hours.

Dads making a difference

The men - all fathers or relatives of Creekside pupils - are the WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students), and they are the pioneers of a Lodi Unified effort to increase parent participation in socioeconomically disadvantaged schools, and to provide dads with a closer look at what makes their children's school tick.

Parents complain about disparity between La Puente, Hacienda Heights schools

Parents of students who attend Lassalette School in La Puente say they have been discriminated against. Their children for years have had to change into their physical education uniforms in two small bathrooms, causing them to come home smelling like urine.

Davis school tax faces organized opposition

Davis voters have until Tuesday to decide if they want to reach into their own pockets again to support the city's vaunted school system. Measure C's base tax of $320 on single-family homes essentially combines two existing school parcel taxes, one of which voters have renewed for a quarter century and another enacted during the economic downturn.

School board VP seeks to bid out health contract

The vice president of the San Diego school board wants the district to reconsider management of district health care benefits for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Layoffs likely at Merced schools

Close to 400 people filled the John C. Fremont Charter School multipurpose room last week as the Merced City School District's multimillion-dollar budget dilemma took center stage amid sobering predictions. Teachers, parents, classified employees, administrators and Board of Education members heard Associate Superintendent Greg Spicer present several options to reduce a potential deficit of nearly $9 million.

Parents pitch in to build library at school near Whittier

Using bookshelves, signs and lighting fixtures bought at a Borders close-out sale, volunteers work evenings and weekends for months to transform an empty bungalow into a brightly colored reading haven at Aeolian Elementary.

Lopez: Learning lessons from a father's pride in his son

A visit with a respected instructor shows how success can be nurtured – in a classroom, and in a family.

Local schools join push for healthier eating

Three days a week during morning recess, students at Alcott Elementary School in Pomona line up at the cafeteria and eagerly await their morning snack.

Budget woes might cause LAUSD to shutter its unique Clear Creek nature center

Welcome to the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center - Los Angeles Unified's classroom on top of the world. Established in 1925 on a rugged hillside north of La Cañada Flintridge, Clear Creek is the nation's oldest continually operating outdoor education center. But supporters of the center worry this year could be its last because of looming budget cuts.

Barnidge: Clayton Valley charter plans starting to take shape

There is an adage about being careful what you wish for. The supporters of Clayton Valley High's conversion to charter school status know it well. On Jan. 11, they were granted their wish by the Contra Costa County Board of Education. On Jan. 12, they realized the challenge they had bitten off.

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 last week approved distributing preliminary layoff notices for the equivalent of about 20 positions.

Ygnacio Valley High classmates intervene, prevent student suicide attempt

A student at Ygnacio Valley High School in Concord attempted suicide during a late-afternoon class Friday, and fellow students intervened to prevent a tragedy, authorities said.

Thousands of Sacramento-area teachers soon to receive pink slips Share

Thousands of pink slips will be in the hands of area teachers and other school employees by March 15. The notices warn the holder that they are in jeopardy of being laid off at the end of the school year.

Will Apple create the all-iPad classroom?

Apple hopes its foray into digital textbooks for the iPad will impress educators and corner a huge, lucrative K-12 book market. But the high costs of the plan and the challenges of mobile technology could ensure that hardback books remain a classroom mainstay.

Enthusiasm is growing for iPads in the East Bay, as students and teachers explore new technology

With a variety of funding sources and encouragement from administrators, schools in the Acalanes, Emery, Mt. Diablo and San Ramon Valley districts are purchasing iPads and pioneering apps as a way to engage students and give teachers new tools to get their messages across.

Fensterwald: Charters choose Brown’s tax plan

Charter schools and the state’s largest teachers union rarely find anything to agree about. But the California Charter Schools Assn. is now the second major education group, next to the California Teachers Assn., to endorse Gov. Jerry Brown’s $7 billion tax initiative.

Davis school tax faces organized opposition Davis school tax faces organized opposition

Davis voters have until Tuesday to decide if they want to reach into their own pockets again to support the city's vaunted school system. Measure C's base tax of $320 on single-family homes essentially combines two existing school parcel taxes, one of which voters have renewed for a quarter century and another enacted during the economic downturn.

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