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Monday, April 9, 2012

Constellation Middle School forced to close before end of school year

Constellation Middle School, Long Beach's oldest public charter school, will close its doors at the end of this month after running out of funding.

Q&A: Schools Services of California chief on education financing issues

When School Services President Ron Bennett and his cadre of experts speak, educators listen. The employee-owned company offers everything from lobbying and consulting services to executive searches. Bennett, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel, accountant and school superintendent, talked with The Bee about his company and the future of public education in the state.

Unified must dip into reserves for childhood program

San Diego city schools will have to tap $1.3 million from their reserves to cover a hole in the district’s early childhood education budget, district finance officials said.

Claremont unified superintendent search continues

Educators interested in being the next superintendent of the Claremont Unified School District need to get their applications in a week from Monday. The application process is set to close April 16 and a screening and vetting process will then start including an extensive background check.

Pomona district begins process of transferring most Pueblo School students to neighborhood schools

With the decision made to close the pre-kindergarten through sixth grades at Pueblo School, Pomona Unified School District administrators have begun preparing for the transfer of students to other district campuses.

Austin: Desert Trails parents won’t let adults’ deceit deny their kids a great school

The parents of Desert Trails Elementary want what all parents want: a great school for their children. So they formed their own Parents Union chapter, engaged their community, and organized for seven months to collect historic Parent Trigger signatures representing 70 percent of the parents in an effort to transform their failing school. But with their new power, the parents sought collaboration, not confrontation.

School program urges migrant worker children to consider engineering careers

As California’s political leaders push educators to link high school classes with career options for their students, an Oxnard high school program is succeeding in getting some of the state’s hardest-to-reach students enthused about careers in engineering.

Fensterwald: Lawsuit says evaluation law requires student data

Two briefs filed this week in Los Angeles County Superior Court argue that Los Angeles Unified is violating a state law requiring that student progress, including results of standardized test scores, be included in teacher evaluations.

Will an Oakland school district initiative slow teacher turnover, or make it worse?

Supporters and critics of a controversial staffing plan at Oakland's Fremont, Castlemont and McClymonds high schools differ sharply on whether it will break the teacher turnover cycle or make the problem even worse.

'Defiance' seen as cause of Calif. suspensions

School suspensions were once reserved for serious offenses including fighting and bringing weapons or drugs on campus. But these days they're just as likely for talking back to a teacher, cursing, walking into class late or even student eye rolling.

L.A. schools chief pushes to change system's culture

Some see John Deasy as a dynamic leader morally driven to give all students a quality education. Others see a relentless taskmaster intolerant of dissent. He admits impatience but otherwise has no apologies.

Brown lobbies schools behind closed doors on budget, tax plan

Gov. Jerry Brown and high-ranking members of his staff have been reaching out in recent weeks to the education community in a series of closed-door meetings aimed at articulating several key messages – some say warnings – tied to the budget and the November election.

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