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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CORAL Academy opening on hold

Administrators with the Monterey County Office of Education recommend trustees on Wednesday deny CORAL's charter petition or approve it with a slew of conditions, which would have to be met before March 1, 2013. CORAL's leaders weighed the pros and cons of delaying the school's opening for one more year and decided the wait would be worth it.

High schools could soon add career and technical options to graduation requirements

Family and consumer education, industrial arts, graphic design, art and history of floral design, Web design, computer repair, fire science, sports medicine, and medical assisting are just a few of the courses that could soon be included to count toward graduation as something more than an elective.

More layoffs for Turlock schools

It was a bad news, good news kind of night for Turlock Unified School District trustees. Board members Tuesday voted to lay off two preschool aides in the face of continued funding reductions from the state that will result in serving an estimated 14 fewer students next year. The two positions were part-time.

Lottery's Mega Millions translates to mini percentage for California schools

So you bought lottery tickets last week, yet you didn't emerge mega-millions richer. But, you can argue, you helped dig schools out of their budget hole. Well, not so much.

Patterson board fires top school official

The Patterson Joint Unified School District Board voted to terminate its superintendent at Monday night's meeting, ending Esther Corral-Carlson's contract in May 13 months early. No reason was given for her termination.

Humboldt's smaller districts shoulder pink slip burden

While California's budget woes have Humboldt County school districts making difficult decisions to save money, a different funding model and smaller staff levels have left smaller districts to bear the brunt of the crisis.

Budget cuts, change in approach place more special education students in regular schools

School district officials often agonize over how to teach students with severe disabilities. They can pay for the students to attend private schools, where pupils receive more attention in an environment tailored to their needs. Or they can educate the students in public schools, encouraging interaction with peers who aren't disabled. Faced with continued deep budget cuts, district officials are more often choosing the latter approach which also happens to be the cheaper choice.

Rocketship, Aspire: Tenn. volunteers

California-based Aspire Public Schools and Rocketship Education are applying to open 26 charter schools in the next five years in a new reform district in Tennessee, where the need is great, the climate for charters friendly, and the money for public schools better than in California.

LAUSD officials file potential conflict of interest forms

California public officials had to file potential economic conflict of interest forms this week. More than 4,000 L.A. Unified employees filed the state form required by the Fair Political Practices Commission. Form 700 is a public document.

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