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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Some staff say breaks not given

Part-time employees in Lodi Unified schools have not been given 15-minute breaks as required during their four-hour shifts, their union leaders have complained, and the district's denial of a formal grievance could lead to an investigation by the state Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

Grand jury uses Paso school district as warning

The San Luis Obispo County civil grand jury recommends that the region’s 10 school districts make further budget cuts and pursue additional tax money to balance their budgets.

California voters don't like midyear cuts targeting education, Field Poll finds

Nearly three-quarters of California voters oppose the automatic, midyear spending reductions that would balance the state budget if a November ballot initiative to raise taxes fails, according to a new Field Poll.

Former principal's lawsuit claims she was demoted for reporting alleged death threats

When a teacher at Stowers Elementary School in Cerritos allegedly made death threats against two other teachers, then-principal Eileen Blagden thought she was doing the right thing by reporting the incident to police.

Sacramento students identify energy-saving projects for schools

In an innovative program, the Sacramento City Unified School District is relying on its students' expertise to make its schools more energy efficient. The school district asked its students of all ages to become the experts by conducting "green audits" of their school facilities.

West Contra Costa school district sued over site

A Richmond school that is supposed to provide last-resort help to troubled students is housed illegally in two decrepit trailers without adequate light, sanitation, desks, working bathrooms or trained teachers, civil rights groups charged Monday in a lawsuit.

John Swett school district's intense intervention shows in vastly improved graduation and dropout rates

Instead of sleeping in and lazily enjoying the summer, about 130 teens in the John Swett school district are taking online classes so they can graduate on time with their peers.

Getting to the core of Oakland Unified School District superintendent

As a white man who talks about white privilege and institutional racism, the superintendent of Oakland's school system is not your typical school administrator.

California Assembly bill to alter teacher firing process dies

Legislation to expedite the process of firing teachers for sex, violence or drug offenses involving children was killed late Wednesday by an Assembly committee after sparking strong opposition from the state's largest teachers union.

Rosenblatt: The myth that only furloughs can balance school budgets

There are indeed some areas where government can learn from business, and one of them is regarding the unique, very strange, but all too common public sector cost-cutting approach called “furlough days.”

Fensterwald: Report lauds leadership focus in Sac City, Fresno

Fresno Unified and Sacramento City Unified are among the five districts nationwide highlighted by the Education Trust for creating environments in high-poverty schools where teachers can thrive and stay. T

Frey: Los Angeles Unified cuts adult school by half: That’s good news

The reaction to Los Angeles Unified’s decision to cut the budget for adult school in half for the 2012–13 school year underscores the tenuous existence of adult education programs in California.

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