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Monday, September 24, 2012

Shrinking pool of future teachers worries state

The number of people in California who are studying to become teachers has fallen by more than a third since the onset of the recession, and that's not good for the state's future, according to state education officials.

Cayucos student shift would drain Coast Union

Cayucos parents who want their kids to attend high school in San Luis Coastal School District instead of in Cambria may have their goal hampered by the financial consequences for Coast Unified School District if the students left.

Opposition growing to making Brand superintendent

The Sweetwater Union High School District board is poised to make former interim Superintendent Ed Brand its permanent chief Monday night, though public opposition is building over that possibility and other names are being mentioned to fill the job temporarily.

Three up, one down for student discipline reforms

Gov. Jerry Brown signed three of the bills calling for alternatives to student suspensions and expulsions, and vetoed a fourth. Two other measures are still awaiting his action.

Brown signs bill spelling out evaluations (for principals)

Without the acrimony and fanfare that doomed a teacher evaluation bill last month, the Legislature with near unanimity passed and Gov. Brown has now signed a milestone principal and teacher evaluation bill.

School district trying online bully reporting system

Students, parents and even community residents have a new, anonymous way to report bullying in the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Charter schools aren't offering new 'transitional' kindergarten

While confusion continues over whether charter schools need to offer a limited two-year kindergarten program, like other public schools, officials at local charter schools are opting to forgo the program for now.

Modesto area parents opt out, tackle teaching on their own

As neighborhood schools grapple with pared budgets and pressure-cooker tests, not every family shares the strain. For a hardy few, the living room doubles as classroom, and kids drive the curriculum.

Student numbers keep swelling in San Ramon Valley

Although the housing market is doing poorly in many parts of the country, school district officials say people still want to move to the San Ramon Valley, and the school district is a big reason why.

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