Juanita Delara Duarte

Coachella Valley Unified board member Juanita…

COACHELLA — A Coachella Valley Unified school board member was arrested Tuesday in Coachella on suspicion of embezzlement, but it is unclear if the accusation involves money belonging to the school district. Juanita Delara Duarte, 61, who has been an… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Tim Martin, president Riverside City Teachers Association

District OKs payback

Now that Riverside Unified School District has emerged from the budget crisis sooner than planned, the district is offering to pay back employees equivalent to the number of furlough days they took. “Our employees made personal sacrifices as we navigated… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Santiago High School cheerleading team

Santiago High cheerleaders earn a national…

The Santiago High School cheerleading team in Corona took first place in the Jamz National Cheerleading competition, beating out hundreds of cheerleading squads from four other states Feb. 8 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. There are… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Murrieta mountain bike team

New high school sport gaining traction

MURRIETA — Several years ago, when Jay Bunch and Anthony Aguilar tried to start a mountain bike racing team at Murrieta Valley High School they never even made it to the starting line. "Everything just didn't come together right," Bunch… Read full article at The Californian

STATE: Schools lose appellate ruling on budget

In the tussle over budget rules, a state appellate court dismissed a challenge from school groups that said California leaders had illegally manipulated the state constitution when they wrote the 2011-12 budget. The San Francisco-based 1st District Court of Appeal… Read full article at The Sacramento Bee

STATE: California schools must set up fee…

LOS ANGELES -- California school districts must have procedures in place by Friday for students and parents to file complaints if they feel their schools are improperly charging fees for educational activities. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California… Read full article at source

Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School in Menifee

Menifee parents seek to keep pool…

Parents from Callie Kirkpatrick Elementary School asked the Menifee Union school board to reconsider a decision to cancel the school’s annual swimming party at a meeting Tuesday, Feb. 26. Fifth-graders have celebrated their final day of elementary school with a… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Rachel Budd

Mock Trial up to Elite Eight

Individual winners and pairings for the Elite 8 round of the 30th annual Riverside County Mock Trial were announced Saturday, Feb. 23, after four rounds of competition. High schools competing in the Elite Eight Round, which will be at 6… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

TJ Hepburn

West Valley band director helps theater

When TJ Hepburn was in sixth grade, he started playing percussion in his school band. He also started volunteering at a 30-acre zoo that was part of the Oglebay park system in Wheeling, W. Va., where he grew up. When… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

PTA official accused in theft

The former treasurer of a Menifee PTA has been charged with grand theft after an investigation uncovered more than $17,300 in missing funds, court records show. Josephina Horton, 40, of Menifee, who had served on the Evans Ranch Elementary School… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise