NATIONAL: Education Dept. Orders Sports Access for…

The Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights clarified legal obligations Friday for school districts in providing access to sports for students with disabilities. The guidance concerns Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, a law that deals with the… Read full article at The New York Times

Cynthia Glover Woods, Alvord assistant superintenden

Alvord trustees hear of new academic…

New academic standards will bring “a very big change and a very big shift” to classrooms, a Riverside educator says. Alvord Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Cynthia Glover Woods updated her school board on the new curriculum this week. Students… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Gorgonio Pass

Boys & Girls Clubs backed

Banning school board members attempted Thursday night, Jan. 24, to once and for all quash rumors that the district planned to get rid of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Using state funding funneled though the school district, the non-profit organization… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

academic decathlon

Academic Decathlon to start

The 30th Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon sponsored by the Riverside County Office of Education will begin with essay writing, speeches and interviews on Saturday, Jan. 26, at Heritage High School, 26001 Briggs Road, Menifee. More than 180 students will… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

District, school employees extend contract

MURRIETA — The Murrieta Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted Thursday to extend the tentative agreement with the union representing the classified school employees through 2015. The Board of Education ratified the extension to the collective bargaining agreement… Read full article at The Californian

Menifee Union agrees to settlement in…

The Menifee Union School District has agreed to a $25,000 settlement with two Oak Meadows Elementary School students who alleged in a lawsuit that they were “assaulted, battered, harassed and bullied” by a fellow student while under the school’s supervision.… Read full article at The Californian

School district rejects claim by ACLU

English learners in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District are receiving required language lessons, district officials said in response to a report last week by the American Civil Liberties Union of California. The ACLU alleged that roughly a quarter of… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

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