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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Kern HSD officials discuss building naming, unification

One 36-year employee of the Kern High School District devoted her career to helping math students and educators. Another longtime employee was dedicated to making schools safer.

El Monte Union weighs proposal to manage its own bond program to cut contractor costs

Months after a major controversy surrounding its bond construction management company, the El Monte Union High School District may begin overseeing its $148 million bond program internally instead.

Palm Springs Unified offers early retirement deal to senior teachers

Palm Springs Unified School District is offering up to $30,000 to encourage its highest-paid teachers to retire. The district will offer a lump sum of $20,000 if 25 to 40 qualified teachers sign up and $30,000 if more than 40 take it, district spokeswoman Joan Boiko said.

Schools left to figure out gay studies mandate

A landmark law requiring California schools to include contributions of gays and lesbians and people with disabilities in school curriculum technically went into effect in January. But public schools have received little direction on the new law, leaving it up to individual schools and teachers to interpret how to teach it.

Sacramento area school districts offer range of benefits, salaries

Nearly every Sacramento-area school district offers a range of benefits to its elected board members, including medical, dental and vision coverage and often life insurance, according to a Bee survey. The benefits and salaries paid to part-time school board members in the region run the gamut – with Roseville trustees, for example, eligible for only a monthly stipend of $240, while some longtime Elk Grove Unified trustees qualify for a monthly stipend, life insurance and free health care for life.

District, unions talk of pay cuts, furlough days

Carlsbad Unified School District and union officials appear close to reaching an agreement on pay cuts and furlough days next year, though they're still negotiating how much salaries will be reduced and for how long.

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.

Chino Valley USD OKs new Mandarin teaching program

The Chino Valley Unified School District may be on its way to providing a Mandarin language academy but not without some opposition.

Interviews under way for interim Butte Superintendent of Schools

Although the Butte County Board of Education is a few weeks behind schedule in selecting a person to fill the Superintendent of Schools job through the 2014 election, interviews will commence today, and there may be an appointment at the end of the month.

San Jose's Oak Grove High rallies around African immigrant who speaks rare language

Rather than taunting or ignoring him, many of his peers at Oak Grove have rallied around the teen as he struggles to make the transition from refugee to student. They escort him to class, help him navigate the lunch line and teach him basic vowel sounds that seem to tie his tongue in knots.

Banks: A teachable moment for Deasy, teacher

The superintendent's tiff last year with a substitute teacher in a South L.A. honors composition class diverts attention from systemic problems keeping students from progressing.

High school English goes online

Students who take Mitzi Stover's junior English class at North High in Torrance don't have to worry about being tardy. That's because it's an online course, and her 78 students can log on until late at night to turn in a paper, join a virtual classroom discussion or take a graded quiz.

Dramatic drop in L.A. County revenue projection to hit schools hard

Budgets planned for Los Angeles County, its cities, schools and colleges have been thrown into disarray, after Assessor John Noguez drastically, and at the last minute, lowered his estimate of how much revenue can be expected from property taxes.

State borrowing from schools is adding up

For the past decade governors and state lawmakers desperate to close deficits have adopted budgets that use a little-noticed accounting gimmick called a “deferral” to borrow money from K-12 schools and pay it back in the next fiscal year. The problem is the state then immediately taps districts for yet another loan, perpetuating a borrowing cycle that persists today.

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