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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Clouds gather over Stockton USD?

Despite strong opposition from Trustee David Varela and the possibility of a split vote by a badly divided school board, Steve Lowder may be hired as soon as tonight as Stockton Unified's next superintendent.

Robbed of their education

School burglaries have increased in the north Stockton portion of Lodi Unified at an alarming rate, specifically at five elementary schools.

District, workers reach tentative pact

Furlough days, vacant positions and the possibility off layoffs are part of a tentative agreement on an employment contract reached recently between Lake Elsinore school district leaders and the union that represents its nearly 900 nonteaching employees.

New unified district trustees may be appointed to avoid confusion

Bonsall Union School District's long-sought attempt to become a unified district with its own high school could go before voters in November, and trustees took action to help make the potential transition smoother on Thursday.

Agreement reached for Monterey Peninsula USD to pay down debt to teachers

The union representing teachers at the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District has reached an agreement with administrators to reduce an outstanding $8 million debt the district owes the teachers.

Opinion: San Diego Unified goes rogue – again

We appreciate that San Diego Unified is having a tough time because of the state’s revenue crisis. But the ends don’t justify the means.

Barnidge: Need for education doesn't end when summer vacation starts

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson visited the Bay Area to deliver a message last week. Yes, schools need more money, but that's not why he was at the microphone on this occasion. He was telling anyone willing to listen that when the last bell of the school year rings, it shouldn't mark the end of students' education.

School districts review parent notification policies in wake of girl's disappearance

Responding to parent pressure after the disappearance of Sierra La Mar, the Morgan Hill Unified School District on Monday began notifying parents in the morning as well as evening if their children don't show up to school.

CA’s melting pot role requires home notices sent in scores of languages

To accommodate one of the world’s greatest demographic melting pots, school districts throughout California struggle each week to translate thousands of home notices into scores of different languages.

Continuation schools close in some rural districts

As school districts across California struggle with budget cuts, some districts are cutting back on small schools known as continuation schools that have been a mainstay of high school instruction for more than half a century.

LAUSD to keep transitional kindergarten in wake of threatened budget cuts

Supporters of early childhood education are praising a decision by Los Angeles Unified School District to keep a special kindergarten program for four-year-olds – even after Governor Brown had threatened to cut off the funding

Baron: Your name here

Now that California school buses will be running for at least another year, why not let districts use them to make a little cash on the side – the side of the buses, that is. State Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff has introduced a bill to do just that.

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