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Monday, February 4, 2013

Fontana Unified School District board to mull rifles, counseling

The school counselor issue and the school police department's recent purchase of 14 military-style rifles were moved to the special meeting to allow more time for deliberations and comments, Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks said.

Charter schools leader filling in at Sac City post

Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond hired a local charter schools leader as his interim chief of staff at a higher pay rate than appears in the position's salary schedule.

Alvord superintendent to retire

Alvord Unified School District Superintendent Nick Ferguson will retire when his contract expires at the end of June, he said Friday, Feb. 1.

Paperwork mistake became Alvord’s $1.8 million error

In 1998, an Alvord schools clerk made a mistake on a new form required by the state. But no one caught the goof, which was repeated for the next eight years. Then last month, the state officials told a state board that Alvord owed it about $18 million – an amount that could have bankrupted the Riverside-based school district.

Smaller classes in Lodi Unified School District too expensive for now

Creating smaller class sizes is a much talked about idea among teachers in Lodi Unified School District, but district officials say it is too expensive at this time.

California abandons algebra requirement for eighth-graders

By falling in line with other states, California is abandoning its push for all eighth-graders to take algebra. Last month, the State Board of Education unanimously shifted away from a 15-year policy of expecting eighth-graders to take Algebra I.

L.A.'s first Hebrew-language charter school raises questions

Lashon Academy is to teach modern Hebrew, have no religious component and aim for a diverse student body. But some worry that dual-language charters blur the line between public and private schools.

L.A. parent group applies lessons from Compton, Adelanto efforts to take over school

Amabilia Villeda had no idea her daughter couldn't read. It wasn't until the girl had moved on from the 24th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles that the Spanish-speaking mother of three was told her sixth-grader was reading at below the first-grade level.

School turnarounds prompt community backlash

The federal government's push for drastic reforms at chronically low achieving schools has led to takeovers by charter operators, overhauls of staff and curriculum, and even school shutdowns across the country.

Suspected child molester left L.A. archdiocese for L.A. schools

A former priest and suspected child molester left employment with the Los Angeles archdiocese to work for the L.A. Unified School District, officials confirmed Sunday.

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