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Friday, May 4, 2012

Ocean View district, teachers enter fact-finding stage of impasse

Health insurance benefits continue to be the sticking point between the Ocean View School District and its teachers as the contract dispute reaches the fact-finding stage.

Palm Desert High School crisis offers harsh portrait of social media

Several Palm Desert High School students faced discipline for bullying and insensitive Facebook and Twitter comments posted Wednesday while a fellow student climbed up a two-story building and threatened suicide.

O.C. schools chief to step down

Orange County Superintendent of Schools William Habermehl announced Thursday he will resign from his post at the end of the school year. Habermehl, 68, said he plans to retire to spend more time with his family. He made the announcement during the county Board of Education meeting. He will step down June 29.

Developer seeks school district support

The developer of a proposed affordable apartment complex for veterans and their families is asking the Jurupa Unified School District board of education to throw its support behind the project.

Alvord teachers laid off

Fourteen teachers and assistant principals will get final layoff notices from Alvord Unified School District under a resolution the board approved unanimously Thursday night, May 3. Five of them are part-time and nine are full time.

Miramonte Elementary School teachers march to demand return to classroom

Nearly 100 people including dozens of Miramonte Elementary School teachers, marched alongside parents and students outside an unopened South L.A. high school where the educators have been exiled for months, to demand their return to their classrooms.

CA may try for personalized NCLB waiver

The State Board of Education will once again consider applying for a waiver from some of the more untenable requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, only this time the request is personal.

Report: Much talk, little progress on California schools

Five years after a team of researchers at Stanford University issued a massive study of California's public schools, concluding that the system needed much more money but also major reforms, a followup report from the University of California says there's been a lot of talk but not much progress.

Fresno couple battles over special education son's expulsion

The battle has escalated from the district to the county board of education and now into two separate-but-related legal battles one between the district and the board of education and another between the district and the family. Along the way, it has underscored challenges many families face when trying to navigate a complicated special education system they know little about.

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