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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Charter Oak Unified seeking voter approval for $47 million bond measure

Hoping to raise $47 million to further improve school buildings and buy new computers for classrooms, Charter Oak Unified School District will ask voters next week to continue paying higher property taxes.

Union leader won't 'sit in the corner, purse my lips and not talk to the district.'

The real action at Tuesday's San Diego school board meeting occurred outside the district's auditorium when teachers union chief Bill Freeman held an impromptu forum with staff and parents from Fay Elementary School in City Heights, where 26 of 27 teachers will be laid off effective June 30.

Other districts donít offer East Coast trips

After San Diego Unified decided this month that it would pull the plug on its traditional 8th grade field trips to the East Coast, The Watchdog decided to check around and see what other districts were doing about the legal issues.

San Bernardino school district set to choose new superintendent

The School Board has finished interviewing candidates for superintendent and will vote to accept one of three finalists at its next meeting Tuesday, according to board members.

D.A. won't charge accused coaches

A group of former Capistrano Unified high school coaches accused of taking part in an elaborate kickback scheme involving a sports equipment company will not face criminal charges, authorities announced Wednesday.

More English learners proficient on assessment test

This year, 43 percent of the students classified as English learners in San Diego County met targets on the test, ranking in the top two of five levels, up from 39 percent last year and 30 percent five years ago, the data show.

Lagunitas parents withdraw charter school petition

A group of Lagunitas School District parents has withdrawn a petition to convert a popular K-5 program into an independent charter school after critics said it could have negative financial consequences.

Test results show California's school-age English learners making progress

English-language learners in California schools showed gains this year, but still fewer than half were ready to join a fluent classroom, according to state test results released Wednesday.

Data: English learners are doing better

Thirty-five percent of Coachella Valley public school students who are learning English as a second language tested well enough to be considered on par with native English speakers.

LAUSD ID's 591 cases of possible teacher misconduct

Los Angeles Unified officials have unearthed nearly 600 cases of alleged teacher misconduct reported over the past 40 years which they think merit investigation by state regulators. Officials with the state credentialing commission who have taken a preliminary look at the cases say 60 percent warrant formal review.

Fluency rates increase in L.A. schools

English-language learners in California schools showed gains this year, but fewer than half were ready to join a fluent classroom, according to state test results released Wednesday.

Dinuba schools sued over ESL instruction

The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Dinuba Unified School District, claiming that the district is denying first- and second-grade English learners the opportunity for an equal education by using a flawed teaching method.

Chico schools providing summer meals

Tuesday, the Chico Unified School District's nutrition services department distributed 800 meals on the first day of its inaugural summer food program.

State preparing to fund new round of school construction projects

State officials are preparing to fund another round of shovel-ready school construction projects with $619.5 million received from last monthís sale of general obligation bonds.

California neglects education of English learners, lawsuit claims

State officials are neglecting their legal obligation to ensure that students who are learning English are receiving an adequate and equal education, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the ACLU of Southern California and other advocates.

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