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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Plans put on hold to sell land, build new campus for Conejo Valley High School

The Legislature's decision this year to dismantle redevelopment agencies halted a deal reached between the Conejo Valley Unified School District and Thousand Oaks for the city to buy 10 acres on Kelly Road in Newbury Park that houses the continuation high school and the district's maintenance and operations facility.

Failure of school districts to turn over misconduct records angers local parents

The failure of nearly 30 local school districts to release teacher misconduct records has parents and residents expressing concerns about child safety and government transparency.

City exploring how to help schools

Carlsbad Unified might soon add its name to the shortlist of school districts across California to have successfully reached out to their respective city halls for a financial lifeline.

Contractor aghast at school trustee demands

In 20 years of education construction work, Henry Amigable says, he never saw anything like the Sweetwater Union High School District. “This is the only school district I’ve ever worked with where the board members openly asked me to entertain them,” Amigable told The Watchdog.

Jury awards $4 million to girls in molest case against Sac City Unified district

Sacramento city school officials dropped the ball on child sexual abuse training, and that's why a jury awarded $4.025 million Wednesday to two girls who claimed they were molested by a physical education teacher, one panel member said after the verdict.

Elk Grove Unified, teachers union reach tentative labor pact

Elk Grove Unified School District and its teachers union have ended a contentious yearlong contract battle that centered on health care premiums, confirming Wednesday they reached a tentative labor agreement.

School board denies charter school petition

Despite a strong showing from supporters, the Temecula Valley school board unanimously rejected a petition for a new charter school.

O.C. schools may slash $269 million

Orange County's public school districts will again increase class sizes, reduce staffing, shorten the school year and consider other cuts as they work to slash as much as $269 million in spending.

Parents, teachers protest Monterey County Office of Education

Several employees of Monterey County Head Start accused the program's directors on Wednesday of creating a hostile work environment that isn't conducive to the healthy development of children.

Riverbank school district gets interim superintendent

Daryl Camp will serve as the Riverbank Unified School District's interim superintendent, effective April 20. Superintendent Ken Geisick has resigned to join a school services company based in Santa Ana.

Fontana after-school program wins board approval for another year

The item to discuss the future of the Fontana Unified School District's after-school program - which has divided many Fontana residents for about a month - suddenly lost its stress factor when board member Leticia Garcia proposed the creation of an committee to oversee the administration of the program and serve as an advisory committee of the board of education.

Fresno charter school's finances questioned

The financial health of one of Fresno's charter schools came into question Wednesday night at the Fresno Unified School District board meeting.

Ex-construction execs plead no contest in school funds fraud case

Three former executives of TurnKey Schools of America, a construction firm that manufactured and installed prefabricated school buildings across the state, have pleaded no contest to charges of siphoning millions in construction funds from a Santa Barbara County school district.

Fensterwald: Middle school science critiqued

Based on an extensive two-year survey of district administrators, principals, and teachers, researchers estimate that “just 14 percent of middle school teachers provide a pattern of classroom practices that supports regular engagement in the practices of science.”

Dual-language lessons growing in popularity

At Chula Vista Learning Community Charter School, students are taught lessons every week in a combination of Spanish, English and Mandarin. The public school, which has more than 400 students on its wait list, is hoping to eventually add a fourth language, the principal says, to better prepare pupils for the global economy.

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