Indio Police Department truancy officer Jesus Gutierrez

iSun Investigation: The high cost of…

As soon as she was old enough to go to school, Tiffany Merritt began to refuse. She would refuse to get out of the bed, refuse to get dressed, refuse to go to kindergarten. Sometimes, her mother Alicia Merritt, a… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Bill Lockyer

STATE: Bill Lockyer: School pension plan ‘implodes’…

LOS ANGELES — California Treasurer Bill Lockyer is warning that the state teacher retirement system is rapidly running out of money. Lockyer predicts the plan that pays benefits to retired public school educators won’t exist in 30 years unless it’s… Read full article at The Desert Sun

crossing guard with students

Riverside Could Privatize Crossing Guard Jobs

During the 50-plus years that Riverside has provided school crossing guards, their numbers have more than doubled and costs have increased from the low five figures to the high six figures. So, as many government agencies have done before, Riverside… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Students at Paloma Valley HS

High school students arrested

About two dozen students were arrested Thursday morning, Dec. 12, at high schools in Menifee and Perris as part of a semester-long undercover drug investigation in which deputies posed as students, authorities said. Deputies descended on the campuses of Paloma… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Coachella Valley Unified School District to…

THERMAL — The Coachella Valley Unified School District will spend as much as $1 million to install security cameras all 21 schools in the east valley district. The school board voted unanimously, 6-0, to solicit bids for the cameras during… Read full article at The Desert Sun

field of hay

East valley schools to get air…

THERMAL — New air filtration systems will be installed at three east valley schools to protect students from smoke that billows into their buildings from nearby farms where fires have been lit to protect crops from freezing temperatures. The filtration… Read full article at The Desert Sun

Board to be elected by trustee…

Amid concerns about dividing communities and creating turf wars, Corona-Norco school board members Tuesday, Dec. 10, narrowly approved a map splitting the district into five trustee areas. The board voted 3-2 for a map that keeps the cities of Norco… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

Michele Borba

Schools: Safety speaker says bullying led…

School bullying has led to incidents of school violence across the nation, said the speaker at the Riverside County Safe Schools Summit. More than 300 educators, mental health professionals, parents and members of law enforcement attended the summit Dec. 4… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

winner of the Corona-Norco USD spelling bee

Eighth-grader wins school district spelling bee

After 20 rounds of challenging competition and nerve-wracking moments, Corona Fundamental Intermediate eighth-grader Keerthana Sivathasan emerged as the winner of the Corona-Norco Unified School District spelling bee competition. This marks Keerthana’s third consecutive district-wide spelling bee win. The runner up… Read full article at The Press-Enterprise

eighth grade student Sheldon McGargill

Christmas tree pickup could help local…

Sheldon McGargill has big plans for the summer of 2014. The Rancho Viejo Middle School eighth grader is currently working hard to raise money to travel abroad to several European locations. The trip would be a part of the People… Read full article at The Valley Chronicle