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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Camarillo superintendent to retire at end of school year

Camarillo Superintendent Luis Villegas plans to retire at the end of the school year, and officials have named a district director to step in as interim chief.

VISTA joining Stockton's charter school landscape in Sept.

Another charter school is coming to Stockton, this one established by the group that butted heads in recent months with Stockton Unified over control of Stockton Early College Academy.

School trustees considering bond measure

The Del Mar Union School District board of trustees voted 3-2 Wednesday to survey residents to gauge how much support a ballot initiate would receive.

School becomes magnet campus focused on environment

Over the past couple of years, educators at Palmquist Elementary School have been working to boost lessons related to math, science and the environment. This week, the Oceanside Unified School District Board of Trustees recognized the effort by designating the school as a science, technology, engineering, math and environment magnet program.

Project offers teachers low-cost solutions for professional development

Teachers are not feeling the love these days. Budget cuts have not only affected their salaries, but also increased their workload, along with the number of students they have in their classrooms. As budgets have shrunk, so have funds for supplies and professional development.

Long Beach Unified board to vote on ending Head Start

In a final round of budget cuts, the Long Beach Unified Board of Education Tuesday will consider eliminating its Head Start preschool program beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.

Seattle district hires Anaheim schools chief

Anaheim City School District Superintendent Jose Banda has been chosen as the new chief for Seattle Public Schools, officials said Monday. Banda will head to the 47,000-student district in the Pacific Northwest July 1, pending the ratification of his contract later this week by the Seattle School Board.

Upland Unified notifies bus drivers, custodians pending decision on cuts

The Upland Unified school board has sent out layoff notices to seven bus drivers and reduced the hours for an additional eight bus drivers as it continues to consider cuts to transportation.

Plumas school superintendent gets separation package following resignation

Plumas Unified School District Superintendent Glenn Harris, who worked his last day Monday, will receive $140,460 over the next year as part of a separation agreement the school board released Friday.

SoHum superintendent resigns over budget cuts

Trustees with Southern Humboldt Joint Unified School District will be searching for a new superintendent this summer after current superintendent Jim Stewart submitted his resignation to the board on Thursday.

Del Mar schools chief to retire

Del Mar Union School District Superintendent James Peabody has announced his retirement from the 4,300-student district. The news, shared last week during a school board meeting, comes about a year after the districtís trustees renewed his contract through 2014. He will leave June 30.

Few takers for SD Unified board

Despite all the discourse surrounding education issues, the contest for three seats on the school board has hardly generated a rush of would-be trustees clamoring to fix the San Diego Unified School District.

Sacramento teacher named interim Butte superintendent

The Butte County Board of Education on Monday unanimously appointed a longtime Sacramento educator to fill in as interim Superintendent of Schools.

Opinion: Why adult education must be kept alive

Budget cuts are threatening adult education and classes for those who speak English as a second language. Even for the sake of boosting the worker tax base, the Los Angeles Unified School District shouldn't turn its back on more than a quarter-million students who value education and attend school of their own volition.

San Fernando Valley schools seek charter affiliation with LAUSD

Two dozen elementary and middle schools in the San Fernando Valley want to become affiliated charters, giving them more flexibility - and, potentially, more money - while remaining part of LAUSD.

Manhattan Beach teachers union questions district's iPad program

As Manhattan Beach school officials consider expanding a celebrated program to embed iPad technology in the classroom, the district has a skeptical participant in the teachers union, whose members haven't received a raise in five years.

Camp: Local funding can come to the rescue of California schools

There is widespread support for local taxation to benefit local schools with local control. Today, communities cannot exercise that political will, because Prop 13 set the passage threshold for local revenue measures at two-thirds, a threshold higher than a Senate filibuster. If Sacramento lowers the barriers, restoring to local communities the power to tax themselves in support of local schools, Californiaís local voters will happily take action.

Common core deadlines loom, Brown may reduce state role in teacher training

The first of four professional development programs intended to help teachers bring the common core standards into California classrooms is set for release in July, state officials said Monday.

Fensterwald: LAO concludes district oversight works

Despite occasional interference by the Legislature, the system of fiscal oversight over districts by county offices of education has worked, the Legislative Analystís Office has concluded.

LAUSD board set to tackle Birmingham charter issues

Citing concerns about the handling of admissions, expulsions, finances and claims of racial bias, the Los Angeles Unified board will take the first steps Tuesday to regain control of Birmingham Charter High.

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