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Sacramento City district trustees vote to keep open Tahoe, Twain schools

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Friday, March 8, 2013

San Luis Coastal weighs cutting summer school

The San Luis Coastal Unified School District is contemplating a one-year hiatus for the majority of its summer school courses to save money as the district grapples with a $6 million deficit.

Fresno Unified wants energy funds linked to poverty, climate

Fresno Unified leaders Thursday afternoon urged state lawmakers to consider poverty and extreme weather conditions when granting $2.5 billion in Proposition 39 funds to improve energy efficiency in schools.

Sacramento City district trustees vote to keep open Tahoe, Twain schools

Sacramento City Unified School District trustees Thursday night, as expected, gave a unanimous thumbs-up to continued operation of both Tahoe Elementary and Mark Twain Elementary schools.

Rowland Unified celebrates new school building at Oswalt Elementary in Walnut

The academy finally gets a permanent home with a shiny new science lab and nine other classrooms.

School board member Rios faces sentencing Friday

Moreno Valley school board member Mike Rios faces sentencing Friday, March 8, for his 23 convictions on felony pimping, pandering and insurance fraud charges. He could get up to 33 years in prison.

Charges dropped in Redwood City teacher abuse case

In a stunning turn in the case accusing a Redwood City School District teacher of abusing young autistic students, prosecutors dropped all criminal charges against her Thursday, citing a lack of evidence.

School board debates length of winter break

The length of students’ winter break became a bone of contention this week before Hemet Unified School District board members, who decided next year’s school calendar needs more study before a decision can be made.

Hacienda La Puente school superintendent retires

After more than 42 years of working at the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, Superintendent Barbara Nakaoka is retiring.

Hundreds of El Monte Union High School students, teachers protest proposed layoffs of 62 teachers

Calling board members irrational, unfair and misguided, nearly 60 students and their teachers passionately spoke against the proposed cuts and pleaded with officials to save the district from cultivating "watered-down" education.

West Contra Costa school district not issuing layoff notices to tenured teachers

For the first time in several years, the West Contra Costa school district will not be issuing layoff notices to teachers with tenure or in tenure-track positions, according to school board member Todd Groves.

Rocketship Education seeks other sites for San Jose charter school

Delayed by litigation, Rocketship Education has announced it is hoping to settle within weeks on an alternate, temporary site for its eighth charter school, which it had planned to open in August in San Jose's Tamien neighborhood.

Flipped classrooms turning tradition on its head

A growing number of teachers nationwide are challenging a long-held educational tradition by asking their students to watch recorded lectures at home and do their homework in class.

Santa Clara County school board approves second Discovery Charter in San Jose

After seven months of applications and appeals, Discovery Charter School II won permission Wednesday to open an elementary and middle school in San Jose.

Fremont teachers declare an impasse in contract negotiations with school district

After a year of contract talks with school district officials that focused on class sizes, salaries and other issues, Fremont teachers on Thursday declared an impasse in negotiations, a union spokesman said.

Charter for Bay View Academy renewed; school scheduled to more than double in size

In a replay of their first approval, supporters of Bay View Academy charter school erupted in cheers Wednesday when top county education officials gave the green light for their tiny school to continue and grow.

Chino Valley Unified officials blamed for poor facilities at Chino High

Chino Valley Unified board and officials were criticized on Thursday for not updating Chino High School's facilities. According to some speakers at the meeting, a Williams Complaint has been submitted.

Baron: Higher standards coming for state’s intern teachers

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing signaled Thursday its intention to increase training requirements for intern teachers, including Teach for America members, before they’re allowed to teach any of the state’s 1.4 million students who are English learners.
Thursday, March 7, 2013

Education roundup: Taft gets new superintendent

Blanca Cavazos, a former Arvin High School principal and current Kern County Superintendent of Schools office administrator, has been offered the job of superintendent of the Taft Union High School District.

S.J. office draws heat in migrant-education audit

A newly released state audit of California's migrant-education program criticizes the San Joaquin County Office of Education for handling conflict-of-interest charges against a since-departed official in 2011 as an "internal personnel issue."

Paso Robles school board cuts 15 positions

The equivalent of 15 classified staff positions will be downsized in the Paso Robles school district, the result of a unanimous school board vote Tuesday. Meanwhile, a letter issued by the board Wednesday suggests continued teacher pay cuts are necessary.