NATIONAL: States Size Up Obama Pre-K Proposal

Well before President Barack Obama vaulted early-childhood learning to the top of the education agenda in his recent State of the Union address, states were taking steps to bolster their own preschool programs. More than a dozen states—including some, such… Read full article at Education Week

24 teachers get water education grants

Twenty-four teachers from throughout western Riverside County will have the resources they need to keep water education in the classroom, thanks to Western Municipal Water District’s 2013 Lois B. Krieger Water Project Grants. The grants range from $360 to a… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Counseling Career Center Advisor La Verne Williams-Schoohover talks to students

Temecula, Murrieta students get to work…

Vinae Roberts has never really held down a job before. Sure, she’s picked up spending money here and there through baby-sitting jobs and various chores around the house. But a resume? A cover letter? An actual interview? The very thought… Read full article at The Californian

A first-person history lesson

Eighth-grader Alonso Navarro stepped up to the microphone to ask a big question in a small voice: “When you first saw the concentration camps, what went through your mind?” “I guess you would call it absolute disbelief,” said an old… Read full article at The Desert Sun

creators of PROMises

Beaumont Unified employees make special PROMise…

Janet Strickland and Tricia Van Sickle want to help girls at Beaumont High School look pretty for their prom. So the two instructional assistants at San Gorgonio Middle School in Beaumont created “PROMises,’’ a new ministry that collects new and… Read full article at Record Gazette

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STATE: California analyst says K-12 funding overhaul…

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office says in a new report that Gov. Jerry Brown's school funding overhaul has many strengths but questions the retention of some "irrational" relics from the current system that benefit powerful constituents. California for years has… Read full article at The Sacramento Bee

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NATIONAL: Arne Duncan: ‘There Is No Fix’…

WASHINGTON -- While sequestration is not a sure thing yet, school districts are already asking for help dealing with the massive, imminent cuts, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Thursday morning. "I was on a call yesterday, people are… Read full article at The Huffington Post

Robokongs team members

Robokong ready for robot competition

Riverside’s student robotics team Robokong did not waiver when its truckload of equipment was stolen last year. With help from competing regional teams, they built an award-winning robot from scratch, and are now competing for a chance to win the… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

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Emerson students dig into learning

A class of first-grade students laughed and dug potato halves in the dirt to contribute to the Eastside Community Garden at Emerson Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 21. The garden, started in 2004, is a collaborative effort between Riverside Parks… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

chess tournament at Rail Ranch Elementary

Two-school chess tournament staged in Murrieta

Twenty-four gifted students from two elementary schools in Murrieta squared off in a series of chess games that challenged the students to outwit their peers. The student chess players -- 12 each from Rail Ranch and Tovashal elementary schools --… Read full article at The Californian