Thursday, November 8, 2012

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Monterey County school officials excited about election results

Except for a parcel tax measure in Pacific Grove, school bonds in Monterey County were overwhelmingly approved in Tuesday's election.

Marin schools officials cheer passage of Proposition 30

Marin schools officials breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after the passage of Proposition 30, expressing gratitude to Californians for taxing themselves more to help fill a gaping state budget hole.

Long Beach's Roosevelt Elementary School demolished for new facility

Roosevelt Elementary opened in 1921 and is one of Long Beach Unified's oldest and largest elementary schools.

EdSource: Ed advocates foresee new era with supermajority

Many education advocates were giddy when they awoke Wednesday. Not only had Proposition 30 passed, with its promise of nearly $7 billion in new funding for schools and community colleges, but in an unexpected outcome, Democrats won supermajorities, two-thirds of the seats in both the State Assembly and Senate. It was like hoping for a pony on your birthday and instead finding a horse with a giant bow around its neck.

Federal bias suit against Plumas schools can go to trial

A federal judge has ruled that a racial discrimination lawsuit filed against the Plumas Unified School District has sufficient grounds to proceed to a jury trial.

Passage of Prop. 30 hailed by educators

For public school districts, the measure's success was mostly about escaping another wave of severe budget cuts, including teacher layoffs, curtailed instructional time and larger classes. But for higher education, the measure is expected to reap immediate positive benefit

LAUSD looks to restore some staff, programs with Prop. 30 revenue

With a financial catastrophe averted by the passage of Proposition 30, Los Angeles Unified officials said Wednesday they'll begin looking for ways to restore some of the personnel and programs lost during five years of budget cuts.

Moraga school trustees, attorneys apologize to sex abuse victim

School district trustees on Wednesday apologized to a former student for saying in legal papers that she may have borne some responsibility for the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of former teachers.

Schools, colleges in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties relieved at Prop. 30's passage

With the passage of Proposition 30, California educators for now no longer feel that a 6-ton boulder is perched precariously above their heads. "I'm happy! I've overjoyed!" said Ann Jones, chief business official of the San Jose Unified School District, Wednesday afternoon.

Skelton: Gov. Jerry Brown gets big win but also big responsibility

Gov. Jerry Brown and fellow Democrats have scored a stunning, historic victory in California. But they should have been careful what they wished for. Brown sold his Proposition 30 tax increase largely on the premise that it would stanch the budget bleeding — that it would end the painful school cuts and, he implied, halt the university tuition hikes. He'd better hope that's what happens and that state revenues don't continue to fall short of spending. Because voters never like to be fooled.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Panama-Buena Vista, Standard voters appear to authorize school bonds

Voters in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District seemed headed Tuesday night toward approving a $147 million bond measure to upgrade the district's aging infrastructure.

Chaffey Joint's $848M school bond gets thumbs up in early voting

If voters approve Measure P, district residents will pay an additional $19 annually per $100,000 of assessed value on their property tax bills.

Proposition 30 wins: Gov. Jerry Brown's tax will raise $6 billion to prevent school cuts

Overcoming decades of anti-tax sentiment in California, Gov. Jerry Brown's Proposition 30 -- billed as a tax hike to rescue the state's schools -- emerged victorious Wednesday morning.