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    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Park Oaks School in Thousand Oaks may be closedConejo Valley Unified School District officials are considering closing another elementary school ParkOaks, which has about 250 students, most of them from low-income families.

    School district may sell land to city of Thousand OaksConejo Valley Unified School District officials are considering selling land they own in Newbury Park tothe city of Thousand Oaks. The 10 acres is near a shopping center, restaurants and hotel.

    March means layoff plans at SLO County schoolsIts almost mid-March, which means school boards around San Luis Obispo County are grappling withhow many teachers, counselors and other employees to lay off in anticipation of another year of budgetcuts. About 55 initial layoff notices will be distributed to full-time teachers and other credentialedemployees and managers around the county by the legal deadline of March 15.

    What budget cuts is your district making?Orange County's school districts plan to slash at least $129 million in spending and 1,429 jobs next yearif the state can't avoid $2.3 billion in new cuts. Many districts will again implement furlough days, fewerinstruction days and salary freezes started in 2009-10, as well as increase class sizes and slashprograms. But the 2011-12 cuts would have been significantly worse if not for $96 million local districtsreceived under a federal education jobs bill passed in August. T

    Ramon Cortines recommends district educators operate most campusesLAUSD Superintendent Ramon Cortines gave district educators a vote of confidence Thursday as herecommended they operate most of the campuses in this second round of the Public School Choiceplan.

    East Bay school districts grapple with budget scenarios ranging from flat to catastrophicSome school districts are calling it the "worst-case scenario" -- a $2 billion cut in K-12 education funding that is all but guaranteed if California doesn'textend a $12.6 billion package of temporary taxes. But the worst-case scenario, in fact, is far worse than that.

    Itinerant life weighs on farmworkers childrenSchools like Sherwood Elementary, and teachers like Oscar Ramos, are on the front lines, struggling against family mobility, neighborhood violenceand the pobrecito, or poor little thing, mentality of low academic expectations. But the often disrupted lives of the children of migrants here is likelyto grow still more complicated as the national debate over immigration grows sharper.

    Galt high school district OKs layoffsA Galt Adult School administrative assistant is the latest layoff approved for the Galt Joint Union High School District. Friday's action, which alsoincluded reducing the hours of the adult school director, caps a weeklong series of meetings in which trustees approved issuing a number of pinkslips for next school year.

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    Lopez: Take teacher layoff battle to SacramentoIf you're in a lather about teachers getting bounced, you might consider spending less time ripping beleaguered school districts and more timehounding state legislators. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to fill the state's budget hole with roughly $12 billion in cuts and $12 billion in revenue madepossible by a five-year extension of several existing tax increases. But Brown can't find the needed four Republican legislators willing to letCalifornians vote on his plan.

    Beyond baking browniesCupertino is a fairly affluent city in Silicon Valley, so when the school district sent layoff notices to 107 teachers last year, a group of parentsmobilized a massive fundraising effort to save those jobs. They raised more than $2 million in two months. But Hoi Yung Poon, who helped organizethe campaign, realized that this type of fundraising wasnt a long-term solution.

    Districts send out noticesIt's going to be another tough year for Inland Valley school districts as they continue to shrink staffs and increase class sizes due to the bleak financialcondition of the state.

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    King City school district to deliver pink slipsAs decided during Wednesday's district board meeting, the equivalent of 11 full-time certificated employees will be terminated at the end of the 2010-11 school year.

    School workers agree to furloughsMurrieta teachers have agreed to take 10 unpaid days off in the next school year to avoid layoffs, it was announced Thursday.

    Tustin Unified hires new superintendentThe Tustin Unified School District is hiring a new superintendent to replace Richard Bray when he retires in June. Gregory A. Franklin was appointedby the Board of Education on Wednesday and starts with Tustin Unified on July 1. He is currently the superintendent of the Los Alamitos UnifiedSchool District, where he has worked for four years.

    Pink-slipped Sacramento-area teachers will have a tougher wait this yearAbout 2,500 Sacramento County school employees recently learned their jobs are on the line. They will have an uneasy wait. School officials say fewof the preliminary pink slips will be rescinded by the final state-mandated deadline to notify teachers by May 15. District officials are too nervous aboutthe uncertainty of the state budget.

    School district to raise hot meal prices July 1Designed to cover higher food, labor and other program costs, the 17 to 33 percent increases will kick in July 1 and affect students from kindergartenthrough 12th grade who pay full price for the hot meals.

    Sacramento County school budget cutsThe largest school districts serving students in Sacramento County have slashed millions of dollars to balance their budgets. Here is a look at thereductions made, employees affected and what parents will notice should the cuts take effect.

    Ex-coach, teacher pleads not guilty to theftA former Helix High School teacher and Monte Vista baseball coach pleaded not guilty Thursday to felony charges of grand theft. Larry Rinehart, 59,was charged last week with three felonies related to his handling of team funds while he was coach of the Monte Vista baseball program from 2003 to2007.

    City school board votes to send out layoff warningsOver the objections of hundreds of teachers, parents and students, the San Diego city school board Thursday night voted to issue layoff warnings tonearly 2,000 employees including 885 teachers under a preliminary budget that stirred emotions on and off the dais.

    Alta Loma District blames state for school financial conditionAlta Loma School District officials approved a report saying it may not be able to meet its financial obligations over the next three years. Boardmembers approved their second interim financial report as "qualified" Wednesday night due to postponement of funds by the state.

    Some schools closed during tsunami alertAll schools in the immediate area of Humboldt Bay have been closed in response to the tsunami alert. School districts Pacific Union, Peninsula Union,Freshwater, Garfield and Eureka City Schools are all closed, according to the Humboldt County Office of Education. All McKinleyville schools havealso closed, along with Arcata Elementary.

    Kerchner: Why the politics weve got wont produce the schools we needWhy, one might ask, should California, the headwaters of the digital revolution, be stuck in the eddies of an early 20th Century school design? The


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    answer lies partly in culture and partly in politics. Almost all the politics of education concerns rearranging adult power and privilege. Relatively littlepolitical energy is spent consciously designing a contemporary system of public education that addresses the needs of todays students. That shouldchange.

    Fensterwald: Big promises for new testsIf the two competing national organizations do design tests for the Common Core standards in math and English language arts as they promise,California will be better off.

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Stockton USD hires firm to gain perspectiveAfter coming up short in 2010, Stockton Unified will try again this year to win potentially lucrative federal grants to assist its seven persistently low-performing K-8 schools, this time with the assistance of a well-known educational consulting agency.

    About 50 Lucia Mar employees to get layoff noticesAbout 50 teachers, counselors, classroom support assistants and other employees in the Lucia Mar Unified School District will receive a layoff noticethis week.

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