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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Aspire appealing decision

Aspire Public Charter Schools will join the State Board of Education in appealing an Oakland judge's decision that would revoke its statewide benefit charter.

Judge halts district's plan to expand adult school

A judge has temporarily barred the Vista Unified School District from expanding an adult education program at the former Crestview Elementary School campus, after residents sued because they think the program will bring too much traffic to their neighborhood.

Novato school officials say clerical error caused drop in grad rate

A sharp decline in Novato High School's graduation rate reported in June turns out to have been the result of clerical errors, and in fact the rate was virtually unchanged from the previous year, administrators said Monday.

School districts offer online alternatives to traditional classroom instruction

In a room full of computers, more than a dozen high school students sat quietly, either working in small groups or alone.

Schools look to make lunch a healthy lesson

Forget the greasy cafeteria pizza and most types of chips. The school lunches served to Coachella Valley students this year are getting a health-conscious makeover. The new guidelines, imposed by the federal government, are part of a nationwide effort to fight the childhood obesity crisis by teaching students to eat smaller portions that represent a variety of food groups.

Districts took different paths on expensive bonds

Last August, the Poway Unified School District obtained $105 million in school bond money in exchange for a promise to repay investors more than nine times that amount by 2051, a deal that in recent weeks has drawn nationwide attention and spurred calls for reform. Two months later and 150 miles away, a school district in Santa Clarita was headed down the same path but in the end was persuaded by the Los Angeles County treasurer to go with a less expensive, less risky bond.

Ex-superintendent sentenced for fraud

The former superintendent of elementary schools in El Centro was sentenced to 10 months in federal custody Monday for submitting false results on standardized school science tests and bogus reimbursement claims.

Mt. Diablo school board allows Clayton Valley charter to use KVHS for one year

The Mt. Diablo school board conditionally agreed to allow Clayton Valley Charter High to pursue a radio course for one year through the Contra Costa County Office of Education's Regional Occupational Program.

Charters draw students from private schools, study finds

Charter schools are pulling in so many onetime private school students that they are placing an ever-greater burden on taxpayers, who must fund an already strained public education system, according to research released Tuesday.

EdSource: Bills influencing school disciplinary policies head to governor

Seven bills that collectively will shift thinking on how California schools discipline students will likely land on the governorís desk at the end of the current legislative session on Friday.

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