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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Stockton USD weighs next move in search for chief

The consultant leading Stockton Unified's superintendent search said Wednesday the district has two options now that negotiations with the board's top candidate have ended unsuccessfully. Wendell Chun said the school board could reconsider one of the four other finalists who interviewed for the job nearly one month ago. Or, he said, the board could start over from scratch.

Galt high school district will hire headhunting firm

The Galt Joint Union High School District will hire a headhunter to find a replacement by July for retiring Superintendent Daisy Lee.

Baron: CA lawmakers seek to curb school suspensions

The state Senate and Assembly education committees yesterday approved half a dozen bills with variations on the common theme of cutting back on expulsions and out-of-school suspensions by implementing programs aimed at reducing disruptive and dangerous behavior.

Fresno Unified surprises teachers, opens talks

The Fresno Unified School Board received an update Wednesday on progress in the district's three "turnaround" schools, which were singled out as some of the lowest-performing in the country.

Clovis Unified to restore 2% pay cut, vice principal jobs

A 2% salary cut that hit all Clovis Unified School District employees last year will be restored in July, district trustees decided Wednesday. Trustees also voted to restore the jobs of 15 former vice principals who were moved to teaching positions last year in budget cuts.

Twin Rivers school superintendent to retire

Twin Rivers Unified School District, already facing a myriad of lawsuits, investigations into illegal conduct and a school board election in June, will now begin looking for a new leader. Superintendent Frank Porter, 61, announced his plans to retire June 30, ending a 33-year career in education that began as a bus driver.

School board backs off career-tech requirement

Responding to widespread opposition from parents, the San Diego school district has rescinded new graduation criteria that would have required all students to take four career-readiness courses to earn a diploma.

Moir: An overdue recognition that teachers must be partners in education reform

Iíve seen a renewed focus on capturing the voices of educators and making sure their experience and expertise helps shape education policy and school improvement. And there is greater acknowledgment that teacher evaluation must be viewed as one facet of comprehensive talent management systems that need to also focus equally on hiring, supporting, and advancing teachers.

Fensterwald: CTA opposition stalls bills

Amid concerted opposition from the California Teachers Association, the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday delayed acting on two bills that would make it easier and quicker to dismiss teachers for misconduct.

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