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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Largest Kern school districts plan to reject 'pink slime' meat

Kern county's largest school districts said Monday they plan to stop taking meat containing what industry officials call "lean finely textured beef" and critics derisively call "pink slime."

Stockton USD likely to hire from Bay district

A longtime Bay Area educator is the finalist to be Stockton Unified's next superintendent, sources said Monday on the condition of anonymity. The finalist, 58-year-old Emerita Orta-Camilleri, is superintendent at the 3,200-student Belmont-Redwood Shores School District.

State releases report on teacher misconduct

A committee looking at teacher misconduct investigated more than 25,000 criminal cases statewide since 2006, according to a report that used data supplied by California school districts.

Trustees to vote on charter request

Temecula school administrators are suggesting that the Board of Trustees deny an application for a new charter school. The charter petition for the Center for Innovation will be up for a vote when the board meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Some residents upset over Vista USD plans to move adult school

A plan to move an adult education program to the recently closed Crestview Elementary School campus in Vista has many nearby residents worried about what effect the change will have on the surrounding neighborhood.

State graduation rates worse than countryís average

In California, fewer high school students received their diplomas in 2009 than in 2002, and the state is among those that are falling behind in graduating high school students, according to national report released Monday.

"Stupid practical joke" nearly triggers tragedy at Willows High School

Two students from Willows High School may now realize how close they came to being shot Saturday night by a Glenn County Sheriff's deputy, responding to reports of armed men in combat gear outside a school dance.

City schools CFO quits for Bay Area job

At a time when the San Diego Unified School District is poised to eliminate more than 1,600 teaching jobs because of budget problems, the district's top financial officer is quitting to take a similar post with a Bay Area community college.

Helping English learners

Sen Alex Padilla, other lawmakers and educators alike believe English Learner programs that cost taxpayers nearly $1.5 billion a year need a cohesive statewide strategy, standardized performance criteria and a more aggressive timeline for students to move out of those classes.

Sunnyvale PTA treasurer accused of stealing $21,000

A hearing has been set for next week in the case of a former treasurer accused of embezzling more than $21,000 from a Sunnyvale PTA.

Calif. schools lead nation in Hispanic enrollment

California enrolls the most Hispanics in K-12 schools in the country: nearly 3.4 million in 2010, according to an analysis of census data released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

LAUSD hires social media director

Los Angeles Unified is about to go viral, with a social media director launching Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites in an effort to broaden the district's community outreach.

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