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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Schools cooking up healthy, cheap ideas

Lodi Unified School District Food Services Director Warren Sun chopped a California-grown russet potato Monday and slid the chunks into a large pot of what would become a fresh, summer chicken stew, a dish that state leaders in nutrition education hope will become one of many new recipes for millions of children in the coming years.

Coach aided in soccer team sexual hazing, attorney claims

A La Puente High School soccer coach aided in the hazing and sexual assault of four young soccer players and helped lure them into an athletic storage room, an attorney for three of the alleged victims contended.

Fresno Unified candidate disputes police report on '96 meth arrest

Fresno Unified school board candidate Andrew Doris is disputing a police report of a 1996 methamphetamine possession arrest that contains details that are different from his recollection of the incident.

Sweetwater board approves two-year contract for Brand

Sweetwater Union High School District trustees met for hours Monday night to decide whether to name former interim Superintendent Edward Brand as permanent chief, despite discontent expressed by hundreds of parents, teachers and community activists who say Brand has not led with transparency, among other concerns.

School lunches, revamped: Food service employees meet in Oakland to share ideas, recipes

On Monday, food service employees from 21 counties statewide, including Alameda, San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin, shared ideas and recipes at a two-day conference, "Rethinking School Lunch," organized by the Berkeley-based Center for Ecoliteracy.

Fensterwald: Reform by the ounce, unfunded pension debt by the pound

The pension reforms passed in June, paring back the benefits for new teachers and administrators, will knock off $189 million per year from the additional payments taxpayers must make to keep the California State Teachersí Retirement System solvent over the next 30 years. Thatís the good news. The bad news is that this represents only about 6 percent of the extra $3.25 billion annually that CalSTRS actuaries are saying is needed to erase the systemís current $65 billion unfunded liability.

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