Friday, June 15, 2012
The school board has scheduled a special meeting for 3 p.m. today that could result in moving up the starting day for incoming Superintendent Steve Lowder to Monday. The contract Lowder signed in April begins July 1.
The school board announced Tuesday that the candidate it unanimously selected and announced last month to fill the vacant superintendent position has declined the board's offer.
Wrangling with a deficit of about $680,000, the Fortuna Union High School District Board of Trustees passed a budget that eliminated a full-time principal position at Academy of the Redwoods, a high school with an accelerated curriculum where students can receive college credits.
The California Department of Education on Thursday released its latest round of public school rankings, from one to 10, based on how well students performed on standardized tests they took more than a year ago.
Omega Brewer was fired from her job as a secretary at Inderkum High School last month for a long list of alleged infractions that included insubordination, doing union business during work hours and improper handling of confidential information. Natomas Unified School District officials said the district has taken a more aggressive approach to alleged problem employees – and that Brewer fell into that category.
A bond measure to improve Antioch High School may get another shot this November. With a few votes left to be counted, Measure J appears very likely to have fallen just short of approval. It has received 54.4 percent of the 8,451 votes, according to the most recent figures from the Contra Costa elections office. It needed 55 percent to pass.
Oakland families who have been trying to save their closing school by turning it into an independently run charter school won a major victory Thursday.
Oakland's school board has ordered a formal investigation of a church school, a school board member confirmed today, following a meeting last night where angry parents of former students accused the school of exploiting and abusing children.
A court decision this week involving Los Angeles Unified has raised again the contentious issue of evaluating teachers using standardized test scores. But a recent report for the think tank Education Sector recommends adopting the same method developed by Los Angeles Unified to replace the Academic Performance Index as a statewide way of measuring schools’ progress.
In the past three years, at least 30 states have begun to use student achievement to evaluate teachers, spurred in part by President Barack Obama's Race to the Top education initiative as well as by some Republican governors. California isn't one of them. That could change after a ruling by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. At a hearing Tuesday,