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Friday, March 16, 2012

Rio trustees move forward with search for new chief

Rio trustees hired the Ventura County Office of Education to start searching for a new superintendent Thursday night. The board hopes to have someone in place in June, allowing for a short transition before interim Superintendent Howard Hamilton steps down.

New academic standards moving into local schools

A shift to new academic standards coming to California schools promises more creativity for teaching, more rigor for kids and more interesting lessons, local officials said. But the changes come as school districts throughout the state have been hit hard by state funding cuts, creating greater challenges to make the shift.

Pinecrest School sends out two layoff notices

The Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District’s Board of Education passed a resolution Wednesday to cut two full-time teaching positions at Pinecrest School at the end of this school year, putting the district one step closer to the possible closure of the campus.

Salinas City School District to add special ed classes

The largest elementary school district in Salinas plans to add three special education classes next year en route to defraying the double-edged cost of transporting children to the Monterey County Office of Education and paying to have them taught there.

Eureka City Schools names superintendent finalist

Final contract negotiations for a new Eureka City Schools superintendent are in progress, according to the district. The district has named Fred Van Vleck a finalist for the superintendent position.

O.C. school bus drivers, company resolve labor dispute

Drivers with Durham School Services, a company that operates school buses for Irvine Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Garden Grove Unified and Laguna Beach Unified school districts, have come to an agreement with their employer that will avert a strike.

In Elk Grove, and around state, students protest budget cuts

Students at Elk Grove Elementary School joined kids from San Francisco to Los Angeles to blow bubbles Thursday in protest of state budget cuts to education. The "This Budget Blows" protest, organized by the parent organization Educate Our State, coincided with the March 15 deadline for school districts to issue preliminary layoff notices to educators.

SD Unified raises more questions about finances

The San Diego school board has once again raised concerns about its ability to meet its financial obligations. Trustees on Tuesday approved a preliminary budget that includes annual spending plans through the 2013-14 school year.

Beyond personal pain, teacher layoffs have rippling effects on schools

Of all the budget-cutting remedies that school districts have to undertake, laying off teachers — or even the threat of being laid off — has a rippling effect on schools and students that goes far beyond the pain being experienced by individual teachers faced with losing their jobs.

Baron: Teacher layoffs at 20,000 and counting

As of Thursday afternoon, the CTA had heard from more than 200 local unions – including the largest districts in the state – and reported that about 20,000 California teachers were notified that they may not have a job in the next school year.

More than 20,000 California teachers pink-slipped

More than 20,000 public school teachers in California opened their mailboxes over the last few days to find a pink slip inside as districts met the state's Thursday deadline for dispensing the dreaded news to the educators that they may not have a job in the fall.

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