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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One school bond appears to pass, another failing

Norris School District's $149 million bond measure to update and expand campuses for the next 20 years appeared Wednesday to have fallen just short of the 55 percent "yes" votes needed to pass.

Spanish immersion classes fantastico at Rorimer in Rowland Unified

Habla usted español? Paulo Ortega and Jasmine Melgar do. Muy bien, in fact. The sixth-graders are the first graduates of the dual immersion program at Rorimer Elementary in La Puente. Since kindergarten, the 12-year-olds have been taught in both Spanish and English.

Teachers protest proposed furloughs at Desert Sands Unified School District

Teachers showed up en masse Tuesday to the Desert Sands Unified school board meeting in La Quinta to demonstrate their opposition to proposed furloughs.

Parents demand answers for firing of Las Posas principal

Pleasant Valley School District officials would not discuss the reasons for the dismissal, citing privacy laws in personnel issues.

Defense wants Dumanis off Sweetwater case

An attorney defending Sweetwater school board member Arlie Ricasa against allegations of bribery and corruption requested Monday that San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis be removed from the case.

Four Santa Clara County school bond measures passing in early returns

With votes from all precincts counted early Wednesday morning, all four school bond measures on Santa Clara County ballots coasted easily to passage. The measures will renovate schools and update computers and technology in four school districts

Sex not consensual, LAUSD leasing manager says of claim by ex-Superintendent Ramon Cortines

The LAUSD employee who alleges he was sexually harassed by retired Superintendent Ramon Cortines has rebutted the claim that a 2010 sexual encounter was consensual and says he can't return to work because officials bungled the original settlement deal.

Dublin school bond measure victorious, district officials elated

A $99 million bond measure to renovate school facilities in Dublin passed by a comfortable margin Tuesday night.

LAUSD may postpone vote on $298-a-year parcel tax

Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy said Tuesday he wants to postpone a vote on a $298-a-year parcel tax because there are too many competing measures on the November ballot.

Jurupa school bond falls short of victory

The Jurupa school bond measure failed to win the 55 percent support needed to pass, election results early Wednesday, June 6, show.

Fensterwald: Judge ready to rule on teacher evaluations

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge has promised to finish up this weekend his decision on whether state law requires school districts to consider student test scores in evaluating teachers.

Suit challenging Prop. 98 allocation formally rejected

A San Francisco Superior Court judge has made final his ruling rejecting claims by a coalition of school groups that last summerís state budget illegally diverted tax revenue from the General Fund, reducing by some $2 billion what districts were guaranteed under Proposition 98.

Lopez: A dirge for treasured arts programs that L.A. schools plan to cut

We're headed for a day when public education in Los Angeles is little more than constant drilling on the three Rs all morning, and nothing but testing after lunch.

California budget proposal would end a science requirement

A little-noticed proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to eliminate the second year of science as a high school graduation requirement is sparking concern among educators who fear it could deepen the academic divide among students and further erode the state's scientific and technological leadership.

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