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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Former school official sues district

A former Lodi Middle School vice principal who ordered a citizen's arrest against a physical education teacher for allegedly shoving her in 2011 has filed suit against the Lodi Unified School District, claiming she was forced to resign and has suffered "extreme and severe emotional distress."

Committee says it didn't break law in decision on Cayucos student transfer

A San Luis Obispo County schools committee on Monday dismissed allegations that it violated California law in deciding Cayucos high schoolers should continue attending school in Cambria.

Walnut Valley teachers to vote on contract containing furlough days, cuts in school year

Facing mounting pressure to prevent district insolvency, teachers from Walnut and Diamond Bar schools tentatively agreed to a 2 percent pay cut averaged over the next 2 1/2 years.

Parents: 7-year-old student told to eat lunch out of trash

The parents of a 7-year-old elementary student say their son was ordered to eat a school lunch entrée he'd thrown away in a trash can during lunchtime, a scenario that disturbed them so much they moved their son to a different school.

Parents claim student's disabilities led to arrest in sting operation

The parents of one of the students arrested last year in an undercover sting operation targeting drug sales in Temecula high schools claim his disabilities affected his conduct and they are challenging the Temecula Valley Unified School District's disciplinary actions, which have included suspension and the initiation of the expulsion process.

School corruption trial to stay in Chula Vista

A judge ruled Tuesday that the corruption case involving more than a dozen current and former South County public officials will remain at the Chula Vista courthouse, instead of being moved back to downtown San Diego.

School board seeks answers on bonds

Poway school board members attempted to delve further Monday night into the report on an investigation of the district’s use of capital appreciation bonds to finance a school construction program, questioning the investigator on district processes, the roles of various advisers, and what risks were known.

County supervisors approve school district bond sale

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved the Temecula Valley Unified School District’s plan to sell about $35 million in bonds – including controversial capital appreciation bonds -- at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 5.

Brentwood parents call for major reform in school district

A group of parents is demanding major reform in the Brentwood Union School District, including the removal of Brentwood Superintendent Merrill Grant and details from an outside investigation into a recent child abuse settlement.

San Leandro votes to loan school district $1.25M for new health center

City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to loan the school district $1.25 million to help it acquire property for a student health clinic

Fensterwald: Brown details how to hold districts accountable under funding reform

Responding to criticism that he is offering flexibility without accountability, Gov. Jerry Brown has offered up specifics on how he would hold school districts responsible for extra money he is proposing to give them for high-needs children under his proposed sweeping reforms of how California schools are funded.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Kern High School District ready to consider AEDs on its campuses

Three months after a 15-year-old Centennial High School sophomore collapsed at school and later died, the Kern High School District has signaled it plans to move forward with placing automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, on every campus.

Lodi Unified headed for trial

The Lodi Unified School District has opted to go to trial and declined to pay $4.2 million to the family of a special-needs student who was molested on a school bus.

Lucia Mar seeks Pismo funds

A longstanding dispute between Pismo Beach’s now-dissolved redevelopment agency and the Lucia Mar school district over millions of dollars that district officials say is owed to them could come to a head today.