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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Education roundup: District superintendent Hearron retiring

Kip Hearron is retiring as superintendent of the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District.

State bill would shrink school superintendents' severance pay

A California legislator wants to shrink considerably the severance pay for California school superintendents.

Monterey teachers' dramatic health insurance increases have a long history

The sticker shock that Monterey Peninsula Unified School District teachers experienced in January, when they saw their health care premiums rise by as much as $500 a month, has been years in the making.

Bullard-area parents air complaints to Fresno Unified trustees

Bullard-area parents and Fresno Unified trustees squared off Wednesday night over a list of complaints about northwest Fresno schools. In a long presentation to the board, Fresno attorney Chuck Manock assailed trustees for being resistant to Bullard-area parents' concerns and for accusing the parents of disseminating misinformation.

Sacramento City district may swap 2 elementary schools on closure list

The vote on whether to close Tahoe Elementary in Tahoe Park is being delayed by the Sacramento City Unified School District, which is instead considering whether to close Mark Twain Elementary. The district began notifying parents of children at both schools Wednesday about the possible change, said district spokesman Gabe Ross.

High school district superintendent retiring

The superintendent of Escondido’s high school district, Ed Nelson, has announced his plans to retire this summer, and the school board has chosen as his successor a member of Nelson’s administration.

SCOE to go paperless for its meetings

The Stanislaus County Office of Education has decided to move to paperless meetings, a change many school districts are weighing to avoid making pounds of paper copies. The county board, however, plans to do it at virtually no cost.

Judge may dismiss sex lawsuit against former LAUSD chief Ramon Cortines

A judge said Wednesday he was inclined to grant a motion by lawyers for former Los Angeles Unified Superintendent Ramon Cortines to dismiss a lawsuit alleging the educator made unwanted sexual advances to a male LAUSD employee.

Brentwood school board takes no action against superintendent

The Brentwood school board asked parents for ongoing patience Wednesday night as it continues to examine the facts surrounding a 2010 incident involving a Brentwood special education teacher convicted of throwing a 5-year-old special needs student to the classroom floor and kicking him.

Abused student sues former teacher, Mt. Diablo school district, principal

A former Diablo View Middle School student has filed a lawsuit against the Mt. Diablo school district, the school's principal and a teacher who was convicted last year of having sex with her while she was a minor.

Frey: Report questions impact of Brown’s finance formula on career tech

In proposing to give school districts almost all of their money with no strings attached, Gov. Jerry Brown is confident that local school boards and superintendents are best able to make the right decisions so that all students can graduate ready for college and work. A report released today by Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) questions that assumption

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