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Friday, April 13, 2012

Salinas high school district board explores parcel taxes, bonds

Leaders in the Salinas Union High School District are boning up on bonds as they work on ways to finance a needed fifth public high school.

Salinas settles property tax bill owed local schools

The new Salinas Oversight Board — constituted and seated this week to oversee the state-mandated dismantling of the city's former redevelopment agency — has OK'd payment of a final claim of more than $290,000 in improperly withheld property tax revenues owed to two local school districts.

Upland Unified to eliminate classified positions, restore pay

The Upland Unified School District Board of Trustees this week voted to restore pay for some classified employees while reducing some classified positions. Classified employees will receive a 0.87 percent salary increase, but will be required to work two previously restored furlough days.

Schools may have to repay cafeteria money

San Diego schools are in danger of losing $1 million to $3 million if federal auditors determined they, among other things, misapplied custodial expenses to the school cafeteria fund over the past three years, a district financial official said.

Alameda teachers turn down proposed contract

Teachers have overwhelmingly rejected a tentative contract with the Alameda Unified School District, saying it will cut time for classroom instruction, fails to offset previous pay cuts and does not go far enough in lowering class sizes.

Walters: California shouldn't brainwash students

It would be outrageous for the Legislature to dictate how schools teach math or science, substituting politics-tinged judgment for that of professional educators and subject experts. It's equally outrageous for the Legislature to dictate, in great specificity, how schools present California history – not only decreeing what events should be stressed but also how they are portrayed.

Why San Diego isn't joining the teacher evaluation revolution

School superintendents across America are talking tough. The time has come, they say, to get rid of failing teachers, or at the very least to identify them so that weaker teachers can get help to become more effective. No longer should students suffer the ignominy of an educator who isn’t interested, willing, or able to make them learn.

LA Unified's parcel tax math

L.A. Unified is hoping voters will pass a $298 parcel tax in November to help raise about $255 million annually for schools from property owners within district boundaries and improve future budget forecasts.

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