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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Absences lead to crisis in S.J. home

Brandon and Brittany Nowakowski became adept at devising strategies to avoid going to school. Sometimes, they say, they would leave home in the morning as if going to Tracy High School, then return after their mother, Lucille, went to work. Other times, they would hide in Brandon's room.

SD Unified becomes model for attendance

Through a combination of classroom parties, community outreach and an early-warning monitoring system, the San Diego school district has increased daily student attendance rates — from kindergarten through high school — in the past three years.

Initiative to boost arts education launches

Hoping to raise the profile of arts education in public schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Saturday he has formed a new task force to help carry out the arts initiative.

In and out of step with top ed systems

Andreas Schleicher looks the part of a diplomat. Tall and slim, with thick gray hair, and impeccable English spoken with a European accent. He is also the consummate diplomat when it comes to assessing the United States’ standing in education. In most countries, low results on the Programme for International Student Assessment, known as the PISA exam, led to contemplation and action. In the United States, not so much; at least not initially.

Officials launch CA's Race to the Top early learning program

Planning has begun in earnest for spending about $50 million in federal Race to the Top funding on improving California's network of existing early learning programs.

Protections sought from Facebook 'burn page' harassment

While the annals of the Internet and social media are filled with stories of misuse and abuse, lawmakers in Sacramento are considering amendments to cyberbullying codes to account for the latest alarming trend known as ‘burn pages.’ One proposal, by Democratic Assemblywoman Nora Campos of San Jose, would update a section of the education code listing offenses for which a student can be suspended or expelled from school.

Honig returns to help oversee state curriculum panel

Bill Honig, former state schools chief, along with Democratic lawmakers Alan Lowenthal and Wilmer Carter, are set to lead a newly-appointed advisory commission that will help define and design the next step in updating curriculum in California classrooms.

Nonprofit group to fund healthy meals at 267 LAUSD schools

The LA Fund for Public Education, a nonprofit group formed last year to support the Los Angeles Unified School District, announced Thursday it will help fund a healthy-breakfast program next year at 267 of the district's poorest schools.

Reform plans passed for underperforming LAUSD schools

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has given the go-ahead to plans to revamp three underperforming schools in the San Fernando Valley, but ordered three other proposals to be tweaked and rejected another outright.

John Deasy marking his first year as LAUSD superintendent

Los Angeles Unified's superintendent hustled through the hallways of San Fernando High School, ducking into classrooms, spot-checking teachers' assignments and greeting every student who crossed his path.

Top-performing Oakland charter school could close amid allegations of fraud

American Indian Public Charter School II has the highest test scores in the city and the second highest of any public middle school in the state. But its exceptional story might come to an abrupt end this year.

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