A bill that would ban online charter schools from hiring for-profit firms to provide instructional services cleared the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday on a party-line 6-2 vote after a divisive debate about the role private companies should play in public education.
On Wednesday, attorneys for Fresno Unified denied a request made by The Bee under the Public Records Act that asked for legal bills the district has received from Harris Construction, the developer whose 2012 “lease-leaseback” contract with the district has spurred a costly lawsuit and a federal investigation of the district’s construction deals.
Randall Baker, principal of Educational Options for the Yreka Union High School District, stated that the county has formed a consortium with schools, libraries and other agencies to expand adult education programs and better the system.
Multi-year deficit spending at Sonora Union High School District is whittling away the district’s main operating fund and threatening to send the district into insolvency.
Kern High School District leaders approved a controversial policy Monday allowing some to carry concealed firearms on campus, however the implementation of that policy remains murky with board members differing on their interpretations.
The Kern High School District’s board president admitted that Bakersfield High School made missteps in handling a pep rally in 2010 that left former student Mitch Carter with allegedly serious injuries.
Concealed carry weapon permit holders will soon be able to walk onto Kern High School District campuses without an internal screening process, board members decided Monday, ending a months-long debate that has fired up anti-gun advocates and divided a community.
It took only an hour of deliberation for a Bakersfield jury to decide Monday that the Kern High School District acted negligently by allowing Bakersfield High School students to violently pile on top of classmate Mitchell Carter, who was wearing a chicken costume meant to mock an opposing team’s mascot during a 2010 pep rally. The jury voted 10 to 2, a sufficient margin for a verdict in a civil case.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed the budget bill Monday for the coming fiscal year, fully embracing a package his office played a major role in shaping and making no blue-pencil reductions to individual spending items in the plan.
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to reopen a case over public-sector workers’ obligation to help fund the union that represents them, leaving intact a 4-4 deadlock. The court on March 29 announced the deadlock, which left in place a lower court decision lets more than 20 states continue to require public-sector workers to pay union fees.