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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Greenfield finds way to save 34 of 59 teaching jobs

Working together, Greenfield Union School District teachers and administrators this past week found a way to save 34 of the 59 teaching positions in danger of being eliminated next school year.

Sonora HS District budget woes

Sonora Union High School District may be unable to meet its financial obligations by the 2013-14 school year unless California provides more funding for education, according to a budget report given at the regular board meeting Tuesday night.

State trustee to leave Alisal school district early

The state-appointed trustee sent in to restore order to the Alisal Union School District is leaving the job earlier than planned, state officials said Wednesday. The state Board of Education made the announcement from Sacramento that Carmella Franco's last day at the helm of the Alisal school system is May 25.

Schools bemoan loss of transportation funding

Mario Bonilla isn't sure how his daughter will get to school next year. Waving goodbye to his kindergartner as she got on a bus Tuesday morning, Bonilla said he wasn't aware that the Lake Elsinore Unified School District voted last month to eliminate most home-to-school transportation.

CORAL Academy charter school gets 30 days to fix financial plan

Going against the recommendations of their administrators, a majority of the Monterey County Board of Education granted the CORAL Academy charter school 30 days to come up with a better financial plan.

Carson High opens with increased security

Security will be beefed up today at Carson High School, a day after some students were involved in a melee in the campus quad, leaving four of them hospitalized and three others in custody.

County Superintendent of Schools will no longer administer KidsNCare program in San Bernardino County

The state Department of Education will find a new organization to operate the program starting July 1. It's possible that while a new organization is being sought, the county will continue to administer the program for a month or two beyond June 30, a spokesman with the Superintendent of Schools Office said Wednesday.

Fresno Unified OKs changes after state review

The Fresno Unified School District board took a step Wednesday toward fixing problems the state discovered during a recent review of school programs.

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.

Schools health trust to be scrutinized

The San Diego Unified School District will analyze and publicly discuss the cost and management of its health care benefits for the first time in nearly 20 years.

Hayward school trustees approve parcel tax for June ballot

Trustees on Wednesday voted to put a parcel tax on the June ballot, which will ask voters to levy an annual $58 fee on property owners in order to preserve school programs.

New Santa Clara County schools chief's salary: $299,500

When he starts work July 1, Santa Clara County's new superintendent of schools will earn more than any other schools chief in the South Bay, and he will be among the top-paid school leaders in the state.

Livermore schools sending out layoff notices for 28 teaching jobs

Based on changing enrollment and student needs, the Livermore school district will send out preliminary layoff notices to teachers by next week.

Sense of trust damaged at Berkeley High after official's arrest

Two weeks after Berkeley High School's lead safety officer was arrested on allegations of identity theft from a colleague, the sense of shock among administrators and parents is still fresh.

It's official: Two Oakland elementary schools will become charters

The Oakland school board on Wednesday night voted unanimously to allow two elementary schools, ASCEND and Learning Without Limits, to operate as independently-run charters.

State laws leave room for interpretation when it comes to school suspensions

One of the main reasons students are suspended from California schools is for “disrupting school activities” or “willfully defying” school authorities, which are largely undefined terms open to substantial interpretation, or misinterpretation, by school officials.

Fensterwald: CST results back in a jiffy

Next year, school districts will receive the students’ results on state standardized tests in two weeks, not two months – or longer. Gov. Jerry Brown had called for the quicker turnaround in his State of the State address, and on Wednesday, the State Board of Education approved amendments to the contract with the test administrator, Educational Testing Service, to make that possible.

Fensterwald: No action yet on NCLB waiver

An unconvinced State Board of Education took no action Wednesday on a request for a wavier from the No Child Left Behind law being pushed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

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