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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Santa Paula board approves employee layoffs

A Santa Paula school board approved another round of employee layoffs Tuesday night, citing state cuts as a driving factor. In the fourth year of a state budget crisis, the Santa Paula Elementary School District has raised class sizes and cut staff and programs several times.

School district investigation reveals West Covina teacher admitted to ridiculing students

Documents released by school district officials reveal that a West Covina elementary school teacher accused of assaulting a sixth-grader admitted to ridiculing students and using foul language during class.

Teachers could take up to 13 furlough days

Temecula teachers could take up to 13 unpaid days off over the next two years under an agreement with the school district.

Suit against district dropped

Three ousted administrators dropped their lawsuit against the Coachella Valley Unified School District, the Board of Trustees announced Tuesda

Administrator who disqualified gay teen reinstated

The Fullerton Union High School assistant principal who was removed from the campus after he disqualified a gay student from the school's Mr. Fullerton pageant will return to his job on Wednesday, district officials said.

Long Beach Unified board votes to cut another $11.7 million

The Long Beach Unified School District saw another round of budget cuts on Tuesday with the approval of a $11.7 million savings plan that includes reduced services, consolidation and the elimination of vacant positions.

School cuts on the minds of retiring superintendents

School soon will be out for three San Diego County superintendents with more than 120 years experience in education. John Roach, Leslie Fausset and Joyce Bales all have chosen to retire from their North County districts this year, with Fausset’s replacement already in place.

School district reviews reducing busing

In light of dwindling state funds for education and transportation, officials at the Corona-Norco Unified School District listened to a presentation Tuesday about reducing busing for hundreds of students.

Man vs. machine: score one for computers grading student essays

Academics and researchers are cheering the results of a contest pitting software designed to automatically score student essays against grades administered traditionally by teachers and trained readers. And technology won – or scored at least a draw.

Out-of-state expansion of California charter school companies could affect in-state growth

The decision by two of California’s best known charter management organizations to try to open schools in Memphis and Nashville raises this question: Will the expansion of California-based charter schools outside the state come at the expense of their growth inside the state?

Fensterwald: Mixed results using iPads for Algebra

A study conducted in four California school districts found that students studying Algebra I on an iPad did no better overall than students equipped with a traditional textbook.

LAUSD considers lowering the bar for graduation

Eight years ago, the Los Angeles Board of Education adopted an ambitious plan to have all students take college-prep classes to raise academic standards in the nation's second-largest school district. On Tuesday, district officials backtracked, offering details of a proposal to reduce overall graduation requirements and allow students to pass those classes with a D grade.

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