An ad campaign throughout the West Contra Costa Unified School District that focuses on dispelling what district officials see as myths about the district’s academic performance and financial stewardship, is generating controversy among the district’s school bond critics and watchdogs.
West Contra Costa schools have a 2016-17 budget that reflects a need for deficit spending despite infusions of cash from Proposition 30, which raised the state sales tax and taxes on high-income Californians.
The Kern High School District agreed Wednesday to pay $10.5 million to a former student injured in a violent dog pile that broke out during a 2010 Bakersfield High School pep rally, cutting short an ongoing civil trial that threatened to cost the district’s insurance company even more money.
On an issue of direct relevance for California, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., on Wednesday harshly criticized U.S. Secretary of Education John King, Jr. for proposing regulations that will require states to come up with a “single summative rating” for schools and districts.
The principal of Mariners Elementary School is leaving her post amid criticism from teachers that she lied on an application to gain the school statewide recognition. Laura Sacks asked the Newport-Mesa Unified School District for a transfer last week, said district spokeswoman Annette Franco.
School’s out for Superintendent Chris Oram. After nearly four decades with the National School District — the last seven serving as its chief executive — he retires Thursday. Oram, 59, announced in March that he would leave the job one year before his contract is set to expire.
A second lawsuit has been filed against a Livermore school that employed a security guard who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two students and is now serving a six-year prison term.
The latest legislative effort to extend the probationary period for teachers faltered Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee when the bill’s author failed to find the votes to move the bill forward.
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.