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Monday, July 30, 2012

Superintendent of Schools finishing up huge reorganization

The Kern County Superintendent of Schools office is undergoing a massive restructuring this summer, a $300,000, months-long project to consolidate office space and realign school departments.

Lode kids behind state in college preparedness

Most schools in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are still behind the rest of the state in preparing students to study at a four-year university, according to recently released data from the California Department of Education.

Covina Valley school district to place $129 million facilities bond on November ballot

Citing ongoing state budget cuts and the need for more classroom technology, Covina Valley Unified School Board members have agreed to place a facilities improvement bond measure on the November ballot.

Schools look to social media as communication tool

Parents in North County could start to see more official Facebook pages and YouTube videos from schools now that several local districts have adopted policies for use of social media websites.

Twin Rivers looks for a new superintendent

Amid the turmoil in Twin Rivers Unified School District stands an unadorned glass-walled office overlooking district headquarters. Interim leader Rob Ball currently occupies the superintendent's office, where he has set up a laptop and a few belongings. But who occupies the office in the long-term remains an open question.

Hawthorne charter plans one-stop campus: Da Vinci sees merging high school, community college, university

Da Vinci Charter High School in Hawthorne is angling to open a new campus in southeast Culver City with an approach so novel it might be without precedent: a one-stop-shop high school, community college and university.

LAUSD unveils pared-back Adult Education offerings

Los Angeles Unified has finalized the class offerings for its resurrected Adult Education program, with scores of courses centered at about 60 campuses around the sprawling district. The schedule has about half of the classes offered last year, but it's still a victory for the Division of Adult and Career Education, which was threatened with elimination because of the district's financial crisis.

Adelanto parents looking for someone to take over Desert Trails School

Fresh off their legal victory Monday, parents of a failing High Desert elementary school are soliciting proposals from groups up for turning around a school where nearly three-quarters of students were rated non-proficient in reading.

Inglewood Unified to ask California for a bailout loan; will lead to district takeover

The Inglewood Unified School District has moved one step closer to fiscal insolvency. Its school board voted this Wednesday to ask the state for a bailout loan that would result in a state takeover of the 1,500-student district.

Baron: Educational differences run deep by race, ethnicity, and income in new report

California’s poor showing in a national study of children’s well-being came despite increases in academic achievement. California students improved on all four indicators in education, according to the 23rd annual Kids Count report released last week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

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