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Thursday, February 7, 2013

K-8 charter plan withdrawn from Orange Unified

A group hoping to open a charter school that allows students of different ages to learn in the same classrooms has withdrawn its petition to the Orange Unified School District.

Rios testimony finishes, final arguments Thursday

Going from crying to combative, Moreno Valley School Board member Mike Rios denied from the witness stand he was a pimp, procurer and rapist. “I did not do anything illegal” he insisted during testimony Wednesday, Feb. 6, that was marked with sharp exchanges with the prosecutor during cross examination.

County schools board seeks to remove member

San Bernardino County school board member Gil Navarro says he will fight efforts by fellow board members to strip him of that office now that he has also been elected to a local water board.

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.

LAUSD knew ex-priest it hired had been accused of molestation

Officials at Los Angeles Unified School District knew that a former priest it hired as a community organizer had been accused of molestation but decided to keep him on the job, according to interviews and records reviewed by The Times.

Glendale Unified, police settle suit over racial profiling

The ACLU of Southern California announced Wednesday that it had reached settlements with the city of Glendale and the Glendale Unified School District on behalf of eight Latino students who alleged that officials engaged in racial profiling and illegal searches during a 2010 incident at Hoover High School.

Need for unique teachers led to unique graduate school

This is not what most middle school classes look like - but at the 11 High Tech High charter schools in San Diego, this kind of project-based learning is the norm. Student-designed projects are everywhere in the six schools on the Point Loma campus – a wall in one school is adorned with a set of more than a dozen bicycle wheels.

Fensterwald: Districts must return to 180-day instructional year by 2015-16

Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature agree: The state should again require a minimum 180-day school year, starting in 2015-16. Brown confirmed his view in a section of the 154-page education “trailer bill,” the supplemental legislation accompanying the state budget, that the administration released last week.

Report: K-12 districts take kids' lunch money for other purposes

As demand for subsidized school meals went unfulfilled, K-12 districts diverted food service money for other purposes such as a new roof and sprinklers, a new state Senate report finds.

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