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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Stockton USD ends talks with top candidate

A sharply divided Stockton Unified school board voted Tuesday night to end contract negotiations with its top superintendent candidate, leaving the district's future leadership murky with Carl Toliver planning to retire in three months.

Schools weigh charges for use of facilities

Facing ongoing budget trouble, local school districts may tighten policies on the use of their facilities by nonprofit organizations.

After-school program lifts grades

The after-school intervention is the latest program instituted at Temecula Valley to boost student performance.

Busing changes appear imminent

It seems likely more students will be walking, biking or carpooling to Menifee schools come fall.

Monterey school district criticized for plan to hire business officer

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Superintendent Marilyn Shepherd appeared to get a bit of push back from board members on Monday when she proposed restructuring her administrative team.

Report: 400,000 suspended from Calif. schools

More than 400,000 students in California public schools were suspended and missed at least one day of school last year, enough children to fill every professional football and baseball stadium in the state, according to a new report.

Vague resolution pulled from Twin Rivers district board agenda

An unusual and vague resolution endorsing legal actions taken – or not taken – by top leaders in the Twin Rivers Unified School District left many questioning its intent, even after it was pulled from Tuesday night's school board agenda.

L.A. Unified board OKs new parent center at Miramonte Elementary

The Board of Education approves the $143,535 project to relocate and update the center at the school, which was beset by misconduct charges against two teachers this year.

Schools turn to voters to help dig out of budget hole

Ballots are in the mail this week to voters in two Santa Clara County school districts seeking a way out of a growing budget hole.

Grading at new Antioch magnet high school has some students asking for F's back

Prechous Hodges wants her "F" back. And that's just one of the twists in the bizarre grade saga enveloping Antioch's Dozier-Libbey Medical High School, where some parents complained that the school's rigorous grading system pushed their stressed-out kids to the point of depression and the school district responded by changing dozens of F's handed out the past four years to D's.

Budget panel rejects Brown’s plan to harbor state facilities money

A legislative budget subcommittee moved Tuesday to reject Gov. Jerry Brown’s call to meter out the last remaining state funds for school construction projects despite the risk the move poses to the state’s anemic housing industry.

LA Unified to collect suspension data down to classroom, teacher level

L.A. Unified plans to begin collecting data on suspension rates at the individual classroom and teacher level starting this summer as part of its effort to improve its schools, a district official said today.

Minorities, students with disabilities suspended at higher rates

Racial minorities and students with disabilities are suspended at substantially higher rates than their white and non-disabled peers, according to an analysis of discipline data from nearly 500 California school districts. Researchers said the disparities are a civil rights issue and cause for alarm.

San Francisco school sparks online free-speech battle

Civil rights groups recently intervened in a free-speech controversy at the San Francisco Unified School District after a school suspended three high school seniors and banned them from graduation and prom over comments they made online.

Fensterwald: CalSTRS down to 69 percent funded

A 23 percent return on investments last year offered welcome relief, but it did not significantly alter this reality: The Legislature and school districts should start paying about $3.25 billion more annually – the sooner the better ­– to keep the defined benefit pension fund for California teachers and administrators solvent.

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