Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Kerchner: How a small bet on technology could have a big payoff in learning

Let’s adopt a public policy that increases the capacity of public education, one that makes existing schools winners again, and that empowers both students and teachers. To make a technology investment we need to simultaneously think small and think big.

Dr. Gary Rutherford final candidate for superintendent of the Desert Sands Unified School District

The Desert Sands Board of Education has selected Dr. Gary Rutherford as its final candidate for superintendent of the Desert Sands Unified School District.

Denair school district's shortfall a shock to small town

Small-town loyalty mixed with shock and just plain sadness as the 4,000 residents tried to digest news of their schools' dire finances.

West Contra Costa schools aim to reduce suspensions by 25 percent

Citing the loss of school funding based on daily attendance and damage to student learning, the West Contra Costa school district has set a goal of lowering suspensions by 25 percent.

California school districts face huge debt on risky bonds

About 200 districts have borrowed billions of dollars using so-called capital appreciation bonds. Districts may have to pay 10 to 20 times the amount borrowed.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Silva to mothball retirement

Barring a last-minute change of heart from the state teacher’s pension system, Tuolumne County Superintendent of Schools Joe Silva will not proceed with a plan to “retire” and work at a much lower salary while collecting his full pension.

Sausalito Marin City school sees test scores jump, but it soon may close

Bayside Elementary School in the Sausalito Marin City School District, which has long struggled to improve student achievement, is now ranked as a "high performing school," according to the most recent state scores. But the much improved result comes as the district board looks at a plan to close the Sausalito school and merge it with Martin Luther King Jr. Academy school in Marin City.