Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 City School District officials will hold back-to-back information sessions tonight and Wednesday as Warren T. Eich Intermediate School prepares for a metamorphosis.
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.
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.
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?
The award wining Hinkley Elementary/Middle School is slated for closure at Tuesday night's meeting of the Barstow Unified School District.
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.
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.