Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In July 1996, FBI agents raided a nondescript office building beside a church in Mandeville, La., a small town near New Orleans. That long-ago raid, half a nation away, came home late this spring when questions were raised at a school board meeting about the educational attainment of Columbia Union School District Superintendent John Pendley.
For a city accustomed to a school district plagued by scandal and a school board prone to histrionics and hissy fits, the five-year term under Superintendent Carlos Garcia by comparison has been one big San Francisco snooze fest. The retiring Garcia, who officially ends his 37-year career in public education Tuesday, has arguably been one of the most boring school chiefs this city has ever seen.
Castro Valley Unified School District faces a $4.3 million structural deficit for the coming school year. Superintendent Jim Negri said the shortfall is a result of the district not receiving the money it should be getting from the state.
Advocates of strengthening – or at least not weakening – the teaching of math and science won a partial victory in the final budget that Gov. Brown signed last week. A second year of science for high school graduation remains a state mandate, at the Legislature’s insistence, contrary to Brown’s proposal to make it optional.
A Superior Court judge in Alameda County has thrown out the State Board of Education’s approval for Aspire Public Schools to open charters throughout the state, bypassing local school districts. Judge Jo-Lynne Lee has given Aspire a year to obtain local charters for the half-dozen schools it now operates under the State Board’s authority.
The Los Angeles Unified board has rejected all of the finalists to succeed the district's retiring inspector general and will launch another nationwide recruiting drive for candidates, officials said Monday.
Since 1999, Blue Ox Community School has taken about 25 kids a year and put them through a rigorous academic program that pairs a traditional curriculum with a craft-based one that teaches traditional skills like woodworking, blacksmithing, typesetting and more.
Humboldt County school districts will be able to consider slashing up to 20 days from the school year if California voters do not approve Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed tax measure in November, the county superintendent of schools said.