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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

District vows change in expulsion numbers

Kern High School District administrators are conscious that our area continues to expel more students from schools than anywhere else in California.

Cash-strapped district must pay back at least $130,000

Administrative errors and oversight in attendance accounting last school year will now cost the El Tejon Unified School District more than $130,000 at a time when its financial standing is in question.

Longtime educator named executive director of new charter academy in San Miguel

Robert Bourgault, an educator with 26 years of experience, has been named the executive director for the Almond Acres Charter Academy, which is scheduled to open in San Miguel in the fall.

Arcadia comes clean about teacher misconduct

Breaking rank with 27 other school districts in the area, Arcadia Unified School District on Tuesday released the results of two teacher misconduct investigations that resulted in teacher dismissals.

Trustees reject charter proposal

Despite impassioned pleas from parents and claims of faulty research, the Temecula school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to deny the petition of the proposed Center for Innovation Charter School.

Monterey school district hires consultant to gauge support for parcel tax

After a lengthy overview of the district's budget late Monday, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District trustees took the first step toward placing a parcel tax on the November ballot.

Novato to transform Rancho into neighborhood school

Novato school officials voted Tuesday to approve new enrollment boundaries for the district's eight elementary schools, and to transform Rancho Elementary School — a former magnet school that admits students by lottery from throughout Novato — into a neighborhood school.

Hard-line teacher leader ousted

A controversial San Diego teachers union leader has been ousted from office at a time when the city school district is scrambling to win concessions from labor groups in an effort to rescind some of the 1,600 pink slips issued to educators last week.

West Contra Costa trustees to vote Wednesday on proposed Richmond Charter Academy Middle School

Low-income middle school students in South Central Richmond may have the option of attending a charter school in the fall, if it is approved Wednesday by the West Contra Costa school board.

Martinez school district wants funding lost due to Alhambra High campus threat

More than half the Alhambra High School student body stayed home on the day of a threatened campus shooting last fall, and now the school district is trying to recoup almost $23,000 in lost funding.

West Contra Costa school board blocked well-known taxpayer representative from Bond Oversight Committee

A tug of war over a seat on the committee that oversees spending on voter-approved construction bonds has touched off a contentious drama in the West Contra Costa school district.

Flores: Third time wasn’t a charm but now L.A. can win Race to the Top

Second chances don’t come around too often. Fourth chances? Almost never. But Los Angeles now has a remarkable opportunity to make up for California’s failures to win federal funds and to institute much-needed education reforms.

First-time survey of online learning produces startling early results

In what researchers are calling a stunning surprise, traditional public schools appear to be offering online learning to their students at least as often as the state’s charter schools.

Fensterwald: Big price, little time for initiative

The California Federation of Teachers has stopped collecting signatures for its Millionaires Tax, throwing its full effort into an expensive race against time to qualify an initiative it negotiated last week with Gov. Jerry Brown.

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