Friday, April 27, 2012
State budget cuts will close a downtown preschool run by the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office in August. Staff of the Downtown Child Development Center, which serves about 60 children, learned of the closure Wednesday, KCSOS spokesman Stephen Sanders said.
Under the new state plan, younger children will be allowed to enroll in the special kindergartens. In fact, the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 will gradually change the birth dates for entry from Dec. 1 to Sept. 1.
To make sure schools don't charge illegal fees for participation in extracurricular activities, the Murrieta school district Thursday approved a manual to provide information about fundraising.
The majority of the Temecula teachers union members who voted cast ballots in favor of a proposal where they will take up to 13 furloughs days by June 2013, it was announced Thursday.
The Upland Unified School District Board of Trustees on Tuesday agreed to send layoff notices to three custodians and seven bus drivers and reduced the hours for an additional eight bus drivers.
The Fresno Academy for Civic and Entrepreneurial Leadership will keep its charter under the Fresno Unified School District for another five years. The good news for ACEL was a twist in Wednesday night's events, which seemed to indicate that Fresno Unified's Board of Trustees would deny the charter for the downtown school.
Families in Galt will have to wait a little longer to find out if their children will have a ride to their elementary or middle school come August. Board members for the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District decided Wednesday night to postpone a vote that would have ended busing for all but its special education students next school year.
West Contra Costa schools Superintendent Bruce Harter withdrew a decision to close Vista Continuation High School in Richmond on Thursday morning after listening to a group of angry speakers and their supporters at the district's board meeting Wednesday night.
Jack Berghouse doesn't dispute that his son, a sophomore at Sequoia High School, copied someone else's homework. But the Redwood City father believes the school district was wrong to kick his teenager out of an English honors class for the offense, and his decision to sue has embroiled the family in a public, opinionated debate.
Police dogs soon will be sniffing lockers and cars for drugs on high school campuses, though trustees are divided on the new policy. The Fremont school board voted 3-2 Wednesday night to approve the measure, joining several other districts around the area in ramping up efforts to curtail drug use.
Seven of the nationís 24 most dilapidated public schools serving military families are located in California, according to disclosures made this week by state officials.
California school buses wonít be wearing anything but yellow for the foreseeable future. This week, the state Senate Education Committee killed SB 1295. Introduced by Senate Minority Leader Bob Huff, it would have permitted school districts to selling advertising space on the outside of buses to raise revenue.
For nearly two years, Californiaís unwieldy eighth grade math standards have lain untouched like an unexploded IED, a roadside bomb of the math wars. But with middle and high school math teachers clamoring for guidance and new assessments two-plus years away, the Legislature and State Board must soon answer the question, What about Algebra I in eighth grade?