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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Layoff notices looming for teachers, counselors

Nearly 100 teachers and counselors may receive initial layoff notices from Stockton Unified ahead of a March 15 state deadline as the school district begins its effort to balance its budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Champion of education for 38 years

Gary Dei Rossi, the 61-year-old deputy superintendent at the San Joaquin County Office of Education, is spending a lot of time reflecting these days. After finishing work Friday, Dei Rossi will retire, completing a career in education that has spanned nearly 38 years, the past 22 at the county office.

San Dieguito to begin first Prop. AA projects this year

In the next few years, residents in the La Costa Valley neighborhood will get new playing fields, parents at Diegueno Middle School will have a much easier time dropping off their children at the campus and students at Sunset High School will finally have permanent buildings.

Gun classes for Galt teachers?

The course, which will also be offered to high school district teachers, is up for a vote on Wednesday's Galt Joint Union Elementary School District board's agenda.

Fresno County schools weigh budget gains, cuts

Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed school funding formula would provide more money for students in poverty, but a looming federal budget sequester could take funds away from programs for low-income children. It's too soon to know the overall budget effects on school districts, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools Larry Powell said.

Troubled area loses its heart in closing

Fruit Ridge Elementary outlasted the Great Depression, two World Wars, the encroachment of urban Sacramento, dozens of principals and hundreds of teachers. But it couldn't overcome the deep, systematic problems reshaping the entire Sacramento City Unified School District.

Roseville district lays big plans for intermediate school campus

Roseville City School District officials will hold back-to-back information sessions tonight and Wednesday as Warren T. Eich Intermediate School prepares for a metamorphosis.

San Pasqual school bids farewell, says hello

As Gary Wilson heads into retirement, he knows his special, one-school district in the San Pasqual Valley is in good hands with an award-winning educator from Valley Center.

Modesto City Schools to bolster security, revise citizenship policy

The Modesto City Schools board began beefing up its campus security and revised a policy to no longer require athletes and other students in some extracurricular activities to maintain good citizenship marks. The board unanimously approved a proposal to create an Operations Department, Security Division, which would double the size of the district's security staff to four and begin the process of installing locks in the more than 2,000 classrooms that cannot be secured from the inside.

Rosenblatt: Brown’s new funding formula should be just the first step

I want to like the governor’s proposal — I really do. Governor Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula is certainly the first sign of real and meaningful education finance reform in decades. As a very active voice decrying our dysfunctional system, I should be jumping for joy right now, shouldn’t I?

Hinkley's only school slated for closure at Tuesday meeting

The award wining Hinkley Elementary/Middle School is slated for closure at Tuesday night's meeting of the Barstow Unified School District.

Fensterwald: LAO would cut money from basic aid districts, other programs Brown would protect

The Legislative Analyst’s Office has added its endorsement of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal for sweeping school finance reform, praising the simplicity and clarity of Brown’s funding formula and the “reasonable” amounts of extra money he’d direct to high-needs students. At the same time, in an analysis released last week, the LAO is suggesting a half-dozen changes to the plan, including two that would stir up controversies that Brown woud just as soon avoid.

Black students' learning gaps start early, report says

African American public school students in Los Angeles County demonstrate significant learning gaps by second grade; those gaps widen with age and lead to the highest school dropout rate among all races, according to a report released Monday.

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