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Monday, June 11, 2012

School builders back bonds most generously

Companies that design, build and consult on school construction projects contributed almost all of the money raised to help pass two local bond measures in Tuesday's election.

Adult ed falls to flexibility

Since [2009], local school boards have closed 32 adult education programs and cut at least half the funding for more than 40 others, according to a survey conducted a few months ago by the adult education administrators in Montebello Unified School District.

Taking stimulants not for a high, but for a higher SAT score

At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants, according to interviews with students, parents and doctors.

Claremont Unified board members deny charter school petition

Claremont Unified school board members have denied a charter school application. Board members unanimously voted Thursday against the petition submitted by Embracing the Whole Child Arts and Technology Academy despite pleas from the school's executive director.

Upland district still needs to cut $4 million in next year's budget

The Upland Unified School District needs to cut $4 million from its 2012-13 fiscal year budget.

San Diego Unified teachers' union agrees to negotiate with district

San Diego teachers are poised to give up raises to curb a massive round of layoffs and keep class sizes manageable next year.

Incoming San Bernardino superintendent highly praised

Those who've worked with Marsden during his time as superintendent of the Victor Elementary School District say what he did worked, and they expect the same style will lead the San Bernardino City Unified School District to success when he becomes its top administrator July 1.

Success of school bond measures in Pollock Pines, elsewhere raise officials' hopes

Pollock Pines Elementary School District and 22 other California school districts accomplished an unusual feat in this week's elections. Each passed a general obligation bond.

Photos taken during STAR testing put Tesoro High at risk

A South County high school where about nine students used their cellphones last month to snap photos of state standardized testing materials could lose its ability to compete for state honors for two years, including California Distinguished School, a state education official said.

Homework program for low-income kids threatened

Theyear-round library program, which serves 275 children in a low-income community and has been credited with helping to raise test scores at Oak View Elementary, is being threatened because of state budget cuts and the elimination of grant funding for some library programs.

Teachers Union and L.A school district reach pact to save jobs

Under the accord, teachers would lose 10 days of pay and students would lose five days of their school year. The pact mirrors agreements reached by other employee unions.

Tuesday's school bond sweep can't hurt Brown's chances in November

If there are no guarantees in California politics, voter support for local school bonds comes pretty close. And once again, in Tuesday’s primary, voters came through approving 72 percent of local bonds in districts statewide that secured almost $2 billion for K-14 facilities.

Adult schools targeted as school districts find ways to trim budgets

They have targeted the adult programs with the hope of preserving their K-12 programs while coping with severe budget cuts.

New education standards end rote learning, cursive

The ultimate goal is to get every child college and career ready. That means, cursive is out and keyboarding is in. Repetition and rote learning are passe while critical thinking is, well, critical.

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