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SLV school board makes deal for education-related mental health services funding
Mar 17, 1:25 PM:

Former CA Gov suspended funds for mental-health programs for students, but now county Office of Ed and school districts join forces to keep programs going. Lots on the dollar and cents of the issue, but nothing on >

School board to consider denying charter petition
Mar 17, 12:05 PM:

Chino district officials urge denial of new K-8 charter application, finding it unsound "to the extent that educational program encourages students younger than 16 to work." Charter applicant says that's unfounded. >

Union: California school districts issue 19,000 teacher pink slips so far
Mar 16, 1:01 PM:

CA teacher union announces 19,000 pink slips issued statewide, yet some districts haven't reported a number yet. Wonder if the union wrote this short article, otherwise there certainly would be verification of numbers >

L.A. students fight for quality education as their teachers get layoff notices
Mar 16, 6:24 AM:

Dramatic rendering of damage to music and theatre programs take center stage in this emotional play about Los Angeles teacher layoff notices and the reactions of kids (complete with adagio as music class blares trumpets >

Last-in, first-out layoff policies hit some schools harder than others
Mar 15, 4:48 PM:

Oakland sends out layoff warnings based on state's "last-in, first-out policy". Impact worst for schools that need the most help.  Highlights one school that could potentially lose every teacher despite gains on test >

Furlough days help save Inland teaching jobs
Mar 15, 4:29 PM:

Beware the Ides of March. Deadline has been reached for CA school districts to let teachers know whether they'll have a job next school year. Story details the state's money woes and how teachers wait with bated breath >

Union blasts state bill for teachers
Mar 15, 12:25 PM:

A new bill in the CA legislature calls for basing teacher layoffs on performance, not seniority. Getting rid of the entrenched seniority system may be about as easy as getting a straight answer from a politician -- we >

The mayor's hard-case schools
Mar 15, 11:35 AM:

LA mayor shares control over city's worst schools. They have a way to go but after four years their achievement scores are gaining more than those in the rest of the city. Some specifics about the schools' turnaround >

School districts in budgetary limbo
Mar 14, 3:26 PM:

Some CA districts are in "budgetary limbo" while waiting to see if temporary sales, income, and vehicle tax will be extended. Growing classes one consequence of discontinued revenue, but is the projected two-student >

Forum provides education on schools
Mar 14, 11:33 AM:

Forum in Auburn reviews charters, accountability and state funding. Speaker claims state has cut funding by 14 percent. He also says $10 billion in state funds have been "deferred" over the last 10 years. What is the >

East Bay school districts grapple with budget scenarios ranging from flat to catastrophic
Mar 14, 8:44 AM:

Budget deficit in California forcing large cuts in education spending -- $2 billion or more -- and putting pressure on districts. Districts now deal with at least $700 less per student. Union contracts restrict what can >

State ed board gives 'parent trigger' new life
Mar 11, 8:31 AM:

CA state board says parent trigger will stay as it is -- until it beefs up regulations for implementation. Editorial thinks this is a good thing, since "only 24% of fifth graders are proficient in reading and math" at >

Oakland middle school named charter school of the year for California
Mar 11, 6:38 AM:

Middle school in West Oakland with a 9.5-hour day wins statewide Hart Vision Award. KIPP Bridge is part of a national network set up to close the achievement gap of minority students. Scores here for black students were >

San Diego to host school charter conference -
Mar 8, 1:08 PM:

CA weeklong charter conference will feature discussions on "Superman" film and Compton parent trigger law problems. No clue what else is being discussed or who else permitted to attend besides charter educators and >

Teachers in a changing class by themselves
Mar 7, 5:25 PM:

CA columnist gives attention to retired dean/current Vista board member on changing culture of teaching. Future educators will be attracted to profession because of accountability and evaluation pressures. Interesting >

Shutdown of campuses shows charter school model allows more accountability
Mar 4, 6:59 AM:

Editorial puts Crescendo cheating scandal into bigger picture -- swift CA charter shutdowns highlight "black hole of accountability at traditional public schools". Condemns board for not shutting these down, but no >

California teachers' supplemental pension plan is flawed, study finds
Mar 2, 6:54 AM:

Open market retirement supplement for teachers in CA is massive, cumbersome and expensive for teachers. Not a good alternative to pensions likely to be reduced or eliminated with budget cuts looming. Only 30 percent of >

L.A. school board to close six charter schools caught cheating
Mar 2, 6:51 AM:

L.A. Board votes to close chain of 6 charters in city because of systematic cheating accusations on recent round of state tests. Some board members and others thought charters deserved a second chance, a 1-year probation >

A Rare Investment Amid Gutted Schools Comments (1) | 5:00 pm
Feb 24, 8:46 AM:

Failing CA school turns charter and replaces principal and staff to get federal money aimed at increasing performance. Brings up bigger problem of inequitable school funding, but doesn't go much further. Ask why some >

More LA schools convert to charters as funds dip
Feb 21, 11:21 AM:

Top-ranking CA public school decides to break-up with district to become charter.  In love with flexibility.  Board member says it feels like a divorce, adds we're "losing our high-performing high schools."  Well, gotta >



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