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Friday, June 29, 2012

Rio approves budget, delays vote on fact-finding report

The Rio School District board approved a budget on Thursday that would result in a negative ending balance in 2013 while putting off a vote on a fact-finding report that calls for a pay cut across the district.

Ventura Unified puts parcel tax on November ballot

Voters in the Ventura Unified School District will be asked in November to back a parcel tax to maintain academic programs in the 29-school district.

Defeat of Calif. teacher bill shows union power

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa slammed it as "cynical political manipulation," Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy termed it shameful, but for the California Teachers Association, it was a victory.

Pajaro Valley USD approves budget for 2012-13 school year

Leaders of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District on Wednesday passed a $173 million budget for next school year that they described as stable, preventing layoffs and program cuts.

Mill Valley's student bulge could push out Ring Mountain Day School

The Mill Valley School District's bulging enrollment is putting pressure on the district to look for ways to expand, and now that pressure is being felt by the private Ring Mountain Day School, which learned this week that it may have to begin looking for a new campus.

Chino Valley school district teachers agree to contract

The Chino Valley Unified District's teachers union have agreed to a contract that will reduce the school year by five-and-a-half days but bring back a number of teachers.

Transitional kindergarten left untouched

Public schools in California will begin providing transitional kindergarten in the fall, providing some of its youngest students the equivalent of two years of kindergarten.

SD school board ratifies plan to cancel layoffs

Itís official: San Diego Unified has canceled 1,481 teacher layoffs. Two days before the state deadline to adopt a final budget, the San Diego school board on Thursday ratified a labor pact that rescinds all layoffs issued to K-12 teachers in May.

Lake Elsinore school board approves 2012-13 budget

The Lake Elsinore Unified School District will have fewer school days and fewer buses on the roads in the 2012-13 school year under a budget approved Thursday, June 28.

LAUSD board approves $6.3B budget; after-school program saved

After scrounging up $6.7 million to preserve free after-school care, the Los Angeles Unified board on Thursday approved a $6.3 billion budget that shortens the 2012-13 school year, eliminates thousands of jobs and reshapes some of the district's most iconic programs.

Antioch school district funds four extra counselors in 2012-13 budget

With an eager eye toward what might happen in the November election, Antioch school trustees approved a budget this week that includes four additional counseling positions.

Oakland school board restores staffing cuts to special education, approves bond measure

In a dramatic reversal, the Oakland school board has voted to reverse staffing cuts and reorganizational changes planned for its special education programs.

Bill to expedite firing teachers is rejected

An Assembly panel votes down the measure to give school boards final authority to dismiss teachers accused of 'serious and egregious' conduct involving sex abuse, drugs or violence toward children.

For blacks and Latinos, few Calif. high schools offer path to college

California high schools that serve largely Latino or African American students are failing them as pathways to college, according to a new report by a statewide education policy, research and advocacy organization.

Fensterwald: Compromise on school fees bill

Advocates of a complaint process for parents and students who believe theyíre being charged illegal fees have amended a bill to satisfy all of the main opponents, save the silent one who hasnít been heard from yet. Thatís Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed similar legislation last year.

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