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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Independence High student faces discipline after Facebook threat

A student at Independence High School faces possible expulsion after posting a threat of school violence on Facebook over the weekend. "In a post-Columbine era, threats have to be taken seriously and disciplinary actions have to reflect that," Kern High School District spokesman John Teves said Monday.

Report: California faces teacher shortage

California needs to overhaul its teaching profession to address a predicted shortage of educators as student enrollment is projected to rise, according to a state report released Monday.

School bond measures among a sea of tax hikes

Three San Gabriel Valley school districts are rolling out school bond measures in the upcoming November ballot in what political observers say includes a crowded field of tax hikes.

Schools mark 9/11 with lessons, memorials

Schools across the nation will mark the 11th anniversary of the attacks with memorials, moments of silence and guest speakers, along with special lessons that are evolving as the years pass and the immediacy of the event fades.

A gift of time; new transitional kindergarten program provides 2-year prep for younger students

The new grade, courtesy of the 2010 Kindergarten Readiness Act authored by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is aimed at preparing those children who would have been the youngest in their class for the rigors of kindergarten.

San Leandro schools put parcel tax on ballot

San Leandro schools, which receive less state money per student than any other district in Alameda County, are asking city residents to approve Measure L, a $39-per-year parcel tax, with the money to be spent in the classroom.

Federal civil rights investigation could bring change in Oakland's school discipline policies

A federal investigation into whether the Oakland school district disciplines its African-American students more harshly than its white students might prompt the Oakland school board to tackle the issue voluntarily.

New test measures local kindergartners' abilities

Can the student spell their name? How high can he or she count? Did the student attend preschool? These are just a few of the questions on a new computerized kindergarten screening tool the Humboldt County Office of Education is rolling out this year.

Administrators focus on counselors, not security, to fix discipline problems

A survey by the Oakland-based education resource and research group EdSource last spring queried school districts with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students. The 315 responding school districts have enrollment totalling 4.1 million students, or two-thirds of California public-school students. Among the questions, the survey asked how schools would spend additional funds, if available, to solve discipline problems. Sixty-eight percent said their top priority would be school counselors and support staff.

California budget cuts affecting school discipline, educators say

If they had more money to improve discipline in their schools, administrators would spend it on counselors, staff training, conflict-resolution programs, support services and rehabilitation services, rather than security, a study released Monday reported.

Suspensions skyrocket at SF school struggling with violence

While every school has its problems, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Middle School in San Francisco stands out. Known for high suspension rates and low test scores, the school also has garnered unwanted headlines related to student safety.

School libraries hit hard by budget cuts

The loss of library access is just one example of what shrinking education budgets have done to public schools. Class sizes have gone up - Colburn's four English classes each have about 40 students. Teachers also saw their preparatory days eliminated this year.

State education report calls for sweeping reforms in teacher evaluation

The California Department of Education on Monday released a comprehensive new report calling for sweeping reforms in the way teachers are recruited, trained, mentored and evaluated.

Fensterwald: Far-reaching plan to strengthen teaching in California

To reinvigorate its force of teachers and principals, California doesnít need to reinvent the wheel. It could start by fixing the one thatís bent and broken because of years of neglect.

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