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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Taft school bond headed to voters

Taft City School District officials are preparing to submit to the Kern County Elections Division a $23.6 million general obligation bond measure for the June ballot aimed at fixing leaky roofs, plumbing and restrooms, buying new computers and technology, and replacing swamp coolers.

Stockton USD board gets emotional earful from students

For months, as Stockton Unified officials and Stockton Early College Academy's leaders have battled for control of the school, student voices seldom have been heard.

School closure again on agenda

Pinecrest School may close at the end of this year due to the dire financial forecast for Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District, a prospect that Pinecrest parents are calling unfair.

State GOP lawmakers call for expedited firing of teachers who commit crimes in classrooms

State Republican lawmakers this week will introduce legislation that will help school districts quicken the pace of firing a teacher who has committed a crime in the classroom.

Superintendent Daisy Lee plans to retire from Galt high school district

Superintendent Daisy Lee announced Tuesday that she is resigning from the Galt Joint Union High School District's top job after two years in the position to begin her retirement.

Galt high school district trustees approve non-teaching staff layoffs

Two library clerks, two outreach consultants and a career center technician were cut by the Galt Joint Union High School District for the second time in two years due to a lack of funding.

New 200-home project approved in Diamond Bar will benefit school district

A real estate deal in the works for nearly 30 years is finally coming to fruition and will net the financially strapped Walnut Valley Unified School District a whopping $25 million.

Palm Springs Unified teacher cuts 'minimal'

About 18 teacher and counselor positions at Palm Springs Unified School District may be eliminated, the school board decided Tuesday. The board of education voted 4-0, with member Gary Jeandron absent, and without discussion to send the potential layoff notices.

Student says teacher made her pee in bucket

A 14-year-old student has filed a claim against the San Diego Unified School District seeking more than $25,000 in damages after she said she was ordered by a Patrick Henry High School teacher to urinate in a bucket in response to asking for a bathroom break.

Mt. Diablo district teachers protest impasse, trustees adopt hastily drafted budget with dire projections

About 400 Mt. Diablo district teachers on Monday protested proposed furlough days next year, but district officials said the last contract offers on both sides would make it impossible for the district to pay its bills in three years.

Alum Rock worries that superintendent's departure bodes instability

With fresh memories of political turmoil and educational paralysis, parents, teachers and supporters of the Alum Rock Union School District fear the departure of Superintendent Jose Manzo might trigger renewed instability in a district that has seen a changing of the guard every two years on average for the past two decades.

East Bay education leaders gather to protest cuts in Sacramento

It's pink slip season at many school districts across the state, and a coalition of teachers and education leaders gathered Tuesday to urge people to take up the matter with the source of the problem in Sacramento.

Baron: A win for Transitional Kindergarten

Gov. Brown’s latest proposal to eliminate Transitional Kindergarten hit a wall yesterday in the state Assembly. By a 3-to-1 vote along party lines, the budget subcommittee on education finance rejected the governor’s plan.

Transitional kindergarten could be spared budget cuts

Another one of Gov. Jerry Brown's budget proposals has run aground in the Assembly. The education finance subcommittee voted Tuesday to reject the elimination of transitional kindergarten, an extra year of school for children too young or unprepared for regular kindergarten.

Fensterwald: Weighted formula’s heavy load

Some of the “losers” under Gov. Jerry Brown’s school finance proposal said their piece in testimony Tuesday before a subcommittee of the Assembly Budget Committee.

GOP proposals would make it easier to investigate, fire teachers

Republican state lawmakers proposed Tuesday to make it easier to investigate and fire teachers over allegations of sexual abuse, a response to controversy swirling around the Los Angeles Unified School District.

L.A. Unified budget would cut thousands of jobs

The school board OKs a preliminary budget that would also close all of the district's adult schools and cut some after-school and arts programs.

Lopez: Looking out of state for what California once offered

I had it good as a kid and didn't even know it. State leaders believed, back when I went to California schools, that a quality, affordable education for everyone was not just a civic virtue but an economic no-brainer. Today, the Golden State is making every effort to destroy its own best traditions.

California teachers union pushed pollster to drop Jerry Brown's tax rival

When wealthy civil rights attorney Molly Munger began drawing up a proposed tax hike to fund education last fall, she partly relied on polls by The Mellman Group, a well-known D.C. polling firm that regularly worked for advocates of increased funding for California public schools. But now the state's largest teachers union and one of The Mellman Group's major clients, the California Teachers Assn., opposes Munger's initiative, fearing it and another proposed tax initiative will lead voters to reject a third one that Gov. Jerry Brown hopes to place on the November ballot to close the budget deficit.

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