Friday, September 21, 2012

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Friday, September 21, 2012

VISTA students scramble to find new schools

Bright and early this morning, Rongwei Huang will head to Stockton Early College Academy, a place that for her, paradoxically, will be both old and new.

Hacienda La Puente teachers at impasse with district over salaries, benefits

The teachers union representing the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District has walked away from the negotiating table and is expected to declare an impasse, union officials said Wednesday.

Treasurer calls for bill to ban costly school bonds

The California Legislature will take up a bill designed to prevent cities from issuing a Poway-style, 40-year bond with an enormous payback, San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said Thursday.

School districts offer online alternatives

A number of Inland Empire districts have added online programs alongside more traditional brick-and-mortar schools.

Chino Valley Unified board approves bringing back a number of programs and positions

Chino Valley Unified board members voted to bring back a number of programs and positions at tonight's board meeting.

San Juan voters asked to approve $350 million bond for school improvements

San Juan Unified needs money to fix leaky windows, replace aging portables and make schools more energy efficient, according to school district officials. They are asking voters to approve Measure N – a $350 million bond – on the Nov. 6 ballot.

View on same-sex marriage sinks Berkeley schools superintendent candidate

The final candidate chosen to run the city's schools backed out Monday after parents and teachers criticized his publicly stated views against same-sex marriage.

Moraga School District labors over abuse policy

A move to enhance school policy and clarify that all "mandated reporters" who suspect or know of child abuse must by law alert authorities is on hold, because of concerns over some of the proposed wording.

Baron: California leads effort to boost English learner success

About 59 percent of California’s 1.4 million English learners are considered long-term English learners, meaning they’ve been in school here for more than six years, yet are not academically fluent. Alarmed by those statistics, dozens of California school districts have been developing courses to end this educational stagnation. These efforts are showing promise and progress according to a new report, and have propelled California to the forefront a new nationwide movement.

Walters: California school cut warning looks real

If Proposition 30 doesn't pass, would Gov. Jerry Brown, et al., allow school cuts to take effect, or would they pull back, especially since they'd have the influential "education coalition," including the California Teachers Association, pushing them to reconsider? Brown has said that there would be no relief from school cuts because there's no other money available, and the budget he signed seems to bear that out.
Thursday, September 20, 2012

Aging, polluting school buses remain on Calif. roads

Tens of thousands of California schoolchildren ride aging school buses that emit harmful pollutants, an analysis of state data shows.

Stockton charter closing after just 10 days

With enrollment less than one-third of what was expected, a charter high school that opened only last week in temporary space at Sherwood Mall will shut its doors for the final time Friday after a 10-day run.

Monterey school district reduces suspensions by rewarding positive behavior

Using rewards rather than punishment is one of the main components of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, an approach to managing student behavior that administrators at the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District credit with a dramatic reduction in school suspensions.