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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Bakersfield City SD settles with embattled director

The Bakersfield City School District reached a settlement Tuesday night with an employee singled out in a state report that said he failed to properly address widespread misuse of public funds and district equipment.

Lowder gets Stockton USD post in slim vote

Steve Lowder's third pursuit of Stockton Unified's superintendent position proved successful Tuesday night as the district's sharply divided school board ratified his contract by a 4-3 vote.

Move to cut sign language classes at Paso Robles High puts teens in a bind

Having studied sign language since fifth grade, Marina Perry planned to one day become an interpreter for the deaf. But then she learned that Paso Robles High School planned to eliminate its American Sign Language program.

Monrovia Unified's concerns about Internet service provider prompt review

Worried that federal funds may be in jeopardy, school district officials are reviewing their relationship with an internet service provider, according to documents obtained by this newspaper.

Menifee schools slash busing, raise fees

Fewer students will be able to ride the bus to Menifee schools next year and those who do will pay more for the service.

Monterey Peninsula USD approves new structure at the top

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District trustees unanimously approved reorganization of the district's top administrative structure, adding two positions without adding expenses.

Palm Springs Teachers: Reserves excessive

Members of the Palm Springs Teachers Association staged a rally Tuesday evening as a “show of solidarity,” President Bev Bricker said.

Class sizes would increase, bus system reorganize under district plan

Larger classes, a slimmer transportation department and vacant positions will keep Desert Sands Unified School District solvent, the board decided Tuesday.

San Juan Unified celebrates lower utility bills

San Juan Unified School District officials celebrated Monday the district's efforts in recent years to lower its schools' energy usage to reduce utility bills.

Galt school district expected to halt bus service

The families of Galt elementary and middle school students will likely have to find a way to travel to school next year. The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District board of trustees is scheduled to vote today on a proposal to lay off six bus drivers. If the recommendation passes, it would end transportation for every student except those in special education, which is federally mandated.

West Sacramento class teaches special needs students about life

Lunchtime is part of the curriculum inside the small tidy rental home on Proctor Street in West Sacramento, where Washington Unified School District operates a program for 18- to 22-year-old students with intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome. The award-winning program replicates a real-world living experience inside a rental home a short walk from Washington Unified's district office.

L.A. Unified moves to revoke charter at Valley high school

The district has faulted Birmingham Community Charter High School for allegedly mishandling student expulsions and services to disabled students. School officials say they're aware of no major problems.

Mt. Diablo school board increases property tax rate and extends top administrator contracts

In split votes Monday night, the Mt. Diablo school board raised the tax rate property owners will pay for new school construction projects and extended the contracts for the superintendent and four other top administrators.

School seismic reform advances in Senate despite budget worries

A state Senate committee voted today to support legislation that would create a task force to strengthen the state's oversight of earthquake protections for public schools.

Surprise April bond sale nets more cash for school construction

The state’s school construction program, running critically low on cash, is set to get an infusion from the sale last week of $1.3 billion in state general obligation bonds.

DWP to audit LAUSD sites for energy efficiency

While refusing requests to lower Los Angeles Unified's utility rates, the DWP will audit the school district's biggest energy-guzzlers - its "Dirty 30" - in the hope of shrinking its $90 million-a-year electric bill.

Obama honors Burbank's Rebecca Mieliwocki as teacher of the year

President Obama recognized Burbank teacher Rebecca Mieliwocki as the 2012 National Teacher of the Year during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House.

Leg panel moves against Brown’s charter agenda, showdown looming

With the governor’s release of his revised May budget just a few weeks away, a key legislative panel on Tuesday rejected a host of ideas the administration had put forward in support of charter schools.

Fensterwald: Brown wants financing reform

Gov. Jerry Brown hasn’t taken the Education Coalition’s “no” as a final answer on a weighted student funding plan.

SD Unified votes for layoffs

The San Diego school board voted to eliminate nearly 1,000 nonteaching positions Tuesday night over the familiar protests of parents, teachers and others who have grown frustrated with budget cuts they say will give students a substandard education in an unsafe environment.

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