School bond warning

State schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson and State Treasurer Bill Lockyer recently issued a statement to school and school district leaders to caution them against using costly capital appreciation bonds to pay for school facility projects. The bonds have drawn a… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Monte Vista Elementary School first-grader

Valentine’s show veterans that students care

Nicole Grending’s dad is a U.S. Marine who spent much of last year deployed oversees. He is one of 48 active-duty military parents with 110 students who attend Monte Vista Elementary School in Murrieta this year. To honor Nicole’s dad… Read full article at The Californian

School officials say state budget is…

While Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed state budget could add $19 billion in education funding by the 2016-17 fiscal year, local school administrators aren’t predicting a real turnaround in their districts' finances in the immediate future. In fact, a number of… Read full article at The Californian

STATE: State panel takes months to review…

LOS ANGELES — Months after the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing was notified of a Los Angeles Unified elementary school teacher suspected of molesting at least a dozen students and a principal who failed to report him to authorities, the… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

STATE: Days of smaller K-3 classes appear…

SAN FRANCISCO — California embarked on an ambitious experiment in 1996 to improve its public schools by putting its youngest students in smaller classes. Nearly 17 years later, the goal of maintaining classrooms of no more than 20 pupils in… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Michelle Rhee

STATE: Michelle Rhee just getting started on…

Michelle Rhee put the nation's education establishment on alert two years ago when she announced she would form an advocacy group focused on thwarting the power of teachers unions in state and local politics. The former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor… Read full article at The Sacramento Bee

NATIONAL: Teachers flip for ‘flipped learning’

SANTA ANA — When Timmy Nguyen comes to his pre-calculus class, he’s already learned the day’s lesson — he watched it on a short online video prepared by his teacher for homework. So without a lecture to listen to, he… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Students receive instruction in classroom

Region: Schools accused of failing to…

About a quarter of California school districts – including some in the Inland area – are violating state and federal laws by failing to provide English language instruction to all students who need it, the American Civil Liberties Union of… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Ron Murray

Hemet: Theater named for veteran teacher

Hemet High School students persuaded school board members this week to name the school’s new performing arts theater for a long-time faculty member. The 500-seat theater, built as part of a four-year, $62.3 million Hemet High renovation project, will be… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Jack Scott

Completion Counts efforts becoming norm

Riverside’s efforts begun with a three-year grant to boost college graduation rates are becoming the normal way schools in the city and RCC operate, officials said Thursday, Nov. 8. Cindy Taylor, director of Completion Counts, addressed representatives of other cities… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise