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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Olympic High School teacher Skip Weinstock makes a difference in his students' lives

Skip Weinstock said he stayed at Olympic Continuation High School, for more than four decades because he is committed to working with those who have struggled in life. The school accepts students who are behind in credits or who have difficulty fitting in at traditional high schools for a variety of reasons.

Camp: Should California’s teachers vote with the governor?

Should teachers vote for Prop 38, which would bring significant new money to each school and provide funding for preschools? Or for should they vote for Prop 30, which would bring less money to education – but has the backing of the governor?

Governor signs bill allowing schools to sell their produce to fund gardens

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that will allow schools to sell their garden produce and reinvest the money in their garden programs. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, who authored Assembly Bill 2367, said it should help to protect gardens from school budget cuts.

Fensterwald: Credentialing Commission receptive to Torlakson’s Task Force reforms

If “Greatness by Design,” the hot-off-the-press report by State Superintendent Tom Torlakson’s Task Force on Educator Excellence is going to have any legs, the state Commission on Teaching Credentialing may provide the first, important steps.

Walters: California school funding formula not easy to change

Assembly Bill 18 was one of the casualties as Gov. Jerry Brown waded through hundreds of bills from the hectic, final hours of the 2012 legislative session. And therein lies a tale.
Monday, October 1, 2012

Lucia Mar instructors reach deal on training program

Members of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association have overwhelmingly approved changes to a training and evaluation program that was put in place at seven schools in the South County district in 2011.

Garvey school board members give superintendent raise, contract extension

The Garvey School board by a 3-2 vote Thursday approved a salary increase and contract extension for Superintendent Sandra Johnson over the opposition of hundreds of students, parents and teachers, who threatened employment strikes and recall elections.

West Marin voters face school tax renewal

In 1984, the Shoreline Unified School District became one of the first districts in California to receive voter approval for a parcel tax. Since then, the district's voters have renewed the tax every time they have been asked. This year's initiative, Measure C, would extend the $184.70-per-parcel annual tax for another eight years. The tax would increase 2 percent each year.

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