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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

High school board adds flexibility to graduation requirements

Kern High School District's board on Monday night approved a "permissive law" that will give students flexibility to complete graduation requirements -- over the objection of several KHSD art teachers. The law, Assembly Bill 1330, would allow students starting next school year to use career technical education courses toward graduation requirements in the place of a fine arts or foreign language course.

District OKs teacher contracts

It took longer than either side would have liked, but the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District board finalized a contract agreement Tuesday night with its teachers.

Five to interview for superintendent

Stockton Unified School District's search to replace soon-to-retire Superintendent Carl Toliver entered a new phase Tuesday night as trustees voted to conduct interviews later this month with five of the candidates who applied for the position.

Eight Calaveras Unified teachers to get layoff notices

Calaveras Unified School District trustees reluctantly voted Tuesday night to send layoff notices to eight elementary school teachers.

Accused molester kept at LAUSD despite clouded history

A teacher charged with sexually abusing four children in LAUSD's unfolding misconduct scandal had been prosecuted 15 years earlier for molesting a young neighbor, but he was allowed to return to the classroom after the trial ended in a hung jury, according to documents and interviews.

Teachers concerned about salary cuts

Clad in black, a couple hundred Temecula teachers converged on the school district governing board's meeting Tuesday, concerned about potential salary reductions.

Encinitas USD board to send 36 teachers layoff warning notices

The Encinitas Union School District will send layoff warning notices to 36 teachers, the district's board decided late Tuesday.

Long Beach USD 'not crying wolf' on potentially deep budget cuts

From the elimination of high school sports to the loss of librarians, everything is on the table for possible budget cuts in the Long Beach Unified School District this year.

Galt Joint Union High School District narrowly approves preliminary teacher layoffs

The equivalent of at least six teachers will receive preliminary layoff notices next week. The Galt Joint Union High School District narrowly approved the action at a special meeting Friday, with a 3-2 vote.

Desert Sands board votes to lay off 82 educators

More than 80 employees in Desert Sands Unified School District will receive notice that their jobs may be eliminated, the district's board voted Tuesday.

Davis voters again approve school parcel tax

For the fourth time in five years, Davis voters on Tuesday approved a school parcel tax to make up for state funding cuts and to avoid reductions in programs and teaching staff.

SD Unified votes to issue nearly 1,700 pink slips

The San Diego school board unanimously voted to issue nearly 1,700 teacher layoff warnings Tuesday, paving the way for a massive personnel cut - and spike in class size districtwide - that officials warned would become official without union concessions.

Modesto schools warn of teacher layoff plan

Modesto City Schools announced Tuesday evening it will propose massive layoffs in its child development programs as well as laying off up to 15 teachers, one nurse and three counselors from elementary and high schools.

Changes sought in tracking, discipline

Two San Fernando Valley school board members are calling for aggressive action in creating a comprehensive tracking and notification system in misconduct cases and crafting tougher laws for disciplining offenders.

Mt. Diablo school district seeks input on master plan for Bay Point area schools

To accommodate a growing population in the Bay Point area, the Mt. Diablo school district is considering reconfiguring existing campuses and building a new school in Pittsburg.

Lasken: Such a big cost, so little benefit - Why, Governor, persist with Common Core?

I’m looking for the old Jerry Brown – the spiritualist, the philosopher – because that’s the Jerry Brown I want to address my question to. My question then, is, “Why do you think we need these standards?” “

Baron: Racial disparity in CA school discipline

In nine out of California’s ten largest school districts African American and Hispanic students are suspended and expelled at rates far exceeding their numbers, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

State faces teacher shortage as more retire, fewer enter profession

The percentage of California educators reaching retirement age is rising rapidly, while the number of newly credentialed teachers has decreased for the seventh year in a row, new reports show.

L.A. Unified missed warning signs on accused teacher

The district has no record of whether it investigated earlier molestation allegations against Paul Chapel, who is charged with 16 counts of lewd acts and sexual abuse.

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