Longtime Franklin-McKinley schools trustee John Lindner will pay an $18,500 fine for siphoning funds from a school-bond campaign and deceiving investigators, according to a tentative agreement with the staff of the California’s Fair Political Practices Commission.
Alum Rock schools’ facilities director allegedly made a side deal with a construction company for a middle school renovation that would have cost taxpayers an extra $2.5 million and netted extra revenue for the firm and for the district’s controversial bond construction manager, Del Terra Real Estate.
A former information technology director for Fallbrook schools received a court award of almost $1.2 million this month, concluding a wrongful termination case filed five years ago. The employee, Elaine Allyn, sued the district after she was fired in May 2012.
It is already illegal for a person to carry a firearm in a school zone unless they have permission from the superintendent, but AB 424 – signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday – will “delete the authority” of the superintendent to grant such permission, banning guns on campuses entirely.
The charter school network that L.A. school board member Ref Rodriguez co-founded and ran for years has filed a complaint with state regulators alleging that Rodriguez had a conflict of interest when he authorized about $285,000 in payments drawn on its accounts.
In the center of the destroyed school stands the burnt-out basketball court, and just beyond is the blackened playground. There are no walls to the school left, so Amy Jones-Kerr stares at the pile of overturned kindergarten chairs and desks that once was her daughter’s classroom. This is what’s left at Hidden Valley Satellite School near Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa.
As schools in places like Rohnert Park and Petaluma begin to reopen, administrators not only are concerned about the emotional health of students but also are preparing for changes, including possible jumps in enrollment if parents decide to send their children to schools closer to their temporary housing — including emergency shelters.
Over the weekend, Governor Jerry Brown, a Democrat, signed a bill that overturned the right of local school superintendents to permit some employees to carry guns on a case-by-case basis.
Under a bill signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last week, poor parents enrolled in English as a Second Language (ESL) or high school equivalency courses will be eligible for subsidized child care.
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s student enrollment numbers have decreased again, and a new headcount shows this year’s drop was slightly bigger than district officials had anticipated.