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Friday, March 23, 2012

Move by Lodi Unified official signals curriculum transition

Lodi Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Odie Douglas filed a request for reassignment last week, opening a window for the district to transition into a new philosophical mind-set at the high school level under new leadership.

Board votes to close school

The Twain Harte-Long Barn Union School District Board of Education voted unanimously to close Pinecrest School at the end of this academic year, following an emotionally charged meeting Wednesday night.

Bonita Unified releases details of teacher misconduct investigation

The Bonita Unified School District on Thursday said the single investigation of misconduct it reported as part of this newspaper's Safe Schools project was for a teacher who brought a sex offender to a La Verne Elementary school in January.

School board members blast districts for lack of transparency

Board members for two of the largest local school districts said Thursday bureaucrats and attorneys have no right to prevent the public from identifying criminal or misbehaving teachers.

San Bernardino school board agrees on priorities, controversially

School board members say they're still worked up after a 4-3 vote prioritized maintaining high school transportation and rehiring school counselors above replacing decade-old textbooks.

Report: Pink-slipping costs $706 per teacher

Too many teachers in California receive preliminary layoff notices each spring as school districts plan for worst-case budget-cutting scenarios, a time-intensive process that carries a hefty $706 price tag per notified educator, according to an independent review from the state's Legislative Analyst's Office.

Teacher layoffs expected to be rescinded

Murrieta Valley Unified School District trustees have scheduled a special meeting at 8:45 a.m. Friday, where they are expected to vote on rescinding all teacher layoffs.

School trustees share priorities for new superintendent

Vista Unified School District trustees said Thursday that they're looking for a superintendent who is a goal-oriented team-builder with strong communication skills.

Judge denies restraining order stopping LBUSD from filling seat

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Thursday denied a request for a temporary restraining order to stop the Long Beach Unified Board of Education from appointing a new board member.

Crowd of parents, kids speaks out against demotions of Hayward principals

A crowd of more than 200 parents, students and school staff jammed a board meeting Wednesday night in a show of support for seven principals slated for removal.

Hayward Unified presents positive budget report

After years of financial troubles that had it on the road to a state takeover, Hayward Unified's top financial officer announced that the district has the means to stay afloat through 2014.

California should revamp teacher layoff process, analyst says

California school districts issue more pink slips than necessary and the state should consider alternatives to seniority-based layoffs, according to a report from the state legislative analystís office.

Parents, teachers: LAUSD's homework policy gets low marks

About two dozen parents and teachers complained Thursday about a proposed Los Angeles Unified policy to limit homework to 20 percent of a student's grade and set guidelines on how much time should be spent on outside assignments.

Report gives C's, D's to schools in educating poor, minority students

Bay Area school districts barely get passing grades for how well they teach minority and low-income students, according to a report released by an education advocacy group Thursday.

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