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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Summer break just got longer

Not without some dissent, Stockton Unified's board voted Tuesday night to move the first day of the 2012-13 academic calendar to mid-August after five years of earlier starts.

Teachers in Paso agree to 18 furlough days

Reluctant to accept pay cuts, the Paso Robles teachers union has agreed to 18 furlough days over the next two school years, helping the financially troubled district avoid a state takeover.

Federal auditors critical of cost to rebuild Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles

Federal auditors are questioning spending $13 million to rebuild Flamson Middle School in Paso Robles, which the watchdogs say could have been simply repaired.

Hundreds protest layoffs at Baldwin Park Unified meeting

Dressed in red and armed with signs and chants, hundreds of parents, children and teachers Tuesday took on a half-mile march to a Baldwin Park Unified board meeting to protest recent teacher layoffs.

Salinas school districts prepare for cuts, layoffs

Some school districts in Salinas are anticipating layoffs for the 2012-13 academic year either for budgetary reasons or lack of credentials.

Fired Capo coach could get $79,559 retirement bonus

One of three Capistrano Unified coaches fired from teaching jobs after accusations of involvement in a money kickback scheme is asking the school district for a $79,559 bonus to retire this June, a program he's likely to qualify for as he waits for his appeals process to be completed.

Schools health trust to divulge trips

The health-insurance cooperative that has supplied benefits to San Diego Unified School District without competitive bids for almost 20 years has sent its board members to New Orleans and Las Vegas - trips that were not reported on state-mandated disclosure forms.

Bill would punish student-teacher dating, even if student is 18

A bill rolled out Tuesday would make such student teacher dating a felony, even if the student is 18, and strip school employees of their pensions and retiree health care if they are convicted.

Lopez: For a classmate in need, a lesson in generosity and community

He was a shy kid, say classmates and teachers at Fairfax High. Quiet, likable, smart, and determined to go to college preferably UC Irvine. But the story of Jose Chojolan is a tough reminder that for all of us, from moment to moment, there are no guarantees.

School construction money running dry, legislative revisions considered

The State Allocation Board, charged with overseeing school construction projects, has been wresting for months over the fate of the School Facility Program, knowing that money in its various funds derived from statewide, voter-approved bonds will run out this year.

Fensterwald: Bringing order to Common Core

Classroom teachers, school administrators, a former state superintendent of public instruction, and two legislators will comprise the new Instructional Quality Commission, which will be the eyes and ears for the State Board of Education on the Common Core standards and will help guide the daunting effort to implement them over the next three-plus years.

Bill would ensure free meals for needy charter school students

Whether charter schools should also guarantee a meal to low-income students is the subject of a state Assembly Education Committee hearing today on a bill that would extend the free and reduced-price meal mandate to charter schools.

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