John Ramont resigning as CVUSD finance…

THERMAL — As the Coachella Valley Unified School District sits in a fragile financial position, overspending while banking on new revenue beyond the horizon, the district’s highest finance official is resigning from his post. John Ramont, district director of business… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Bryan Astrachan

When students miss school, they are…

Teachers can’t necessarily scold students for not coming to class — if they never show up. Principals and superintendents can’t discipline them, either. Absent parents — or, absent-minded ones — are no help, either. In 2011-12, one out of every… Read full article at Record Gazette

student tossing bail of hay

Teachers worry about loss of agriculture…

High school students raising livestock for the upcoming Riverside County Fair keep detailed financial records for the animals they raise in agriculture classes and FFA programs. They could earn hundreds of dollars and polish public speaking and other skills in… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Hemet students with trophies

Two-time runner-up wins bee

After finishing in second place two years in a row, Aaliyah Webster has won Hemet’s 37th annual spelling bee. Aaliyah, 11, a sixth-grader at Diamond Valley Middle School, spelled “myriad” correctly in the 22nd round on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

parents meeting

Parents want smaller classes, bigger staffs

Smaller classes, more teachers and support staff, increasing technology and more training for parents to help their children were among the top suggestions at the first community meeting to help Riverside schools set future budget priorities. More than 100 people… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Moreno Valley: Landmark Middle School honored…

Landmark Middle School in Moreno Valley has been named as one of 11 high-performing schools by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. Landmark was honored in the 2013-14 Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage program. It’s the only… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

first grade classroom

STATE: California Assembly to tackle teacher pension…

SACRAMENTO — Assembly Speaker John Perez said Wednesday that the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California’s massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, which makes up the largest portion of the state’s deficit… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Sacramento elementary class

STATE: California school-construction needs as high as…

California needs as much as $12 billion in additional school-building money and almost $5 billion in modernization money, according to estimates in a report to the state board that oversees school-construction dollars. Voters have approved about $35 billion in school-construction… Read full article at The Sacramento Bee

Happiness Sprinkling Event

The Business of Spreading Joy

Attention, world! People are handing out free joy on the corner, and there's enough to go around. It's called Happiness Sprinkling - look for the folks in yellow holding up funny signs. Sort of like a living chain mail, Happiness… Read full article at source

Hospital infection warning sign

Region: Influenza Visits Plague Local Hospitals

Some Southern California hospitals trying to halt the spread of flu are banning young visitors, requiring everyone to wear surgical masks and turning non-patients away if they appear sick. Flu season kicked in early this year, and flu deaths are… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise