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Thursday, April 26, 2012

BCSD moves forward with transitional kindergarten, talks suspensions

The district is moving forward with transitional kindergarten because it will be able to get state funding. There will be one T-K classroom at 30 of BCSD's elementary school sites, officials said.

Superintendent defends McLane High leadership

The leadership of McLane High School came under fire at Wednesday's Fresno Unified school board meeting when teachers and students faulted the school's administration for dismantling programs, cutting teachers and bullying students.

Police probe Twin Rivers superintendent's computer

Sacramento Police Department officials copied files and information from the district-issued computer of Twin Rivers Unified Superintendent Frank Porter as part of an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by the district's Police Department.

Barnidge: Why all the rush to extend superintendent's contract?

Deep in the Mt. Diablo school board's lengthy agenda Monday night, buried beneath student expulsions, contract approvals and budget transfers, was a topic that was arguably the most important of all.

After seeing the fiscal impact, Oakland school board rejects charter conversion

The Oakland school board voted Wednesday night to block the Fruitvale-area Lazear Elementary from becoming a charter school. Lazear is one of five elementary schools slated to close in June as part of a school district downsizing plan. To keep it open, parents submitted an application to become an independently run charter school at the same location.

Senate panel rejects bill on school-bus advertising

The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have opened the door to advertising on the sides of school buses, prompting outrage from the legislation's author: GOP leader Bob Huff.

Baron: Heavy editing on textbook publishers

Itís a sure sign that an issue has hit crisis mode when Republican and Democratic legislators are on the same page about what needs to happen. In this case, itís a fraying page from a textbook industry that needs some help embracing change.

Vargo: Designing evaluations of teachers starts with trust

If we began the redesign of teacher evaluation with the goal of creating a shared vision of what excellent teaching looks like and how teachers will be supported to achieve it, we can take a step toward re-inspiring teachers.

Fensterwald: ICLow marks for Brown not his ideas

California voters give Gov. Jerry Brown low marks overall for the way he has handled K-12 education. But, at the same time, they support some school reforms that heís championing, including directing much of new revenue to poor students, according to a Public Policy Institute of California poll.

LAUSD slashes summer school, smallest offerings ever

Facing unrelenting budget pressure, Los Angeles Unified has pared its summer school program - again - to its smallest size ever, with only a limited number of courses available to failing high school students who need to make up classes to graduate.

Poll: More back Brownís tax plan than Mungerís

Almost two-thirds of Californiaís likely voters favor raising income taxes for the stateís wealthiest residents to pay for public schools, but most oppose increasing the state sales tax for the same purpose, according to a new Public Policy Institute of California poll.

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