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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Property sales could be boost for school budgets

School board officials are examining 8 acres of downtown Ojai property as a potential lifeline for finances drained by the state budget crisis.

Stockton USD will draw up a contract

Stockton Unified's school board has voted unanimously to draft a contract for Emerita Orta-Camilleri, the finalist for the district's soon-to-be-vacant superintendent's position.

Parents walk to protest busing cuts

More than 100 people walked along the four-lane Highway 74 in Lake Elsinore on Monday morning to protest the elimination of busing in their school district.

Shoreline report shows district's divisions

A new report by the National Equity Project paints the Shoreline School District as a divided community whose diverse demographic groups want to provide the best possible education for their children — but have difficulty agreeing on what that means.

Galt school districts aim for a ‘seamless curriculum’

When they graduate from McCaffrey Middle School and head to either Liberty Ranch or Galt high schools, students should be able to pick up in ninth grade where eighth grade left off. But Galt schools are in two different districts headed by separate administrations.

School districts to respond to Village I tax complaints

Modesto City and Sylvan school districts will give a formal response Friday to allegations that they overcharged homeowners in Modesto's Village I neighborhood for new schools. In a letter released Monday morning, the districts and their taxing entity, the Schools Infrastructure Financing Agency, said they will review and discuss the issue at future board meetings.

State leaders should embrace what Title I permits: arts funding

According to the guidance provided by the California Department of Education, a school may elect to use arts education strategies to improve student achievement “if, after conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, the school has identified research-based strategies programs incorporating arts instruction to improve the achievement for students in ELA or math for participating students.” But that’s not what happens …

How much USDA 'pink slime' beef do state schools serve?

California schools ordered more than 22.1 million pounds of beef from the USDA in 2010-11, according to an analysis of state Department of Education data obtained by California Watch. Nearly 90 percent of that meat – primarily coarse ground beef and hamburger patties – was among the types that the USDA says could contain lean finely textured beef.

Second records request sent to area school districts includes definition of misconduct

Ten local school districts have been asked to provide copies of complaints of teacher misconduct and records of any actions taken as a result of such conduct.

Brown’s weighted school formula challenged by English learner advocates

The governor’s plan for restructuring school funding drew concerns from an unanticipated corner Monday – advocates of English learners who would seemingly benefit from the administration’s proposed weighted funding formula.

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