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Image caption: University presidents across the Cal State system have seen their pay rise substantially as compared to faculty members.
Cal State Presidents Enjoyed 43% Pay Raise From 2007 to 2022

Mildred García, the new Cal State chancellor, is earning a total compensation of nearly $1 million. Meanwhile, university president pay has increased at a greater rate than that of faculty, who are preparing to strike in early December, and the …

Image caption: Cal State Sacramento is one of four universities where members of the faculty union plan to walk out.
Cal State Profs Plan Walkout in Fight for 12 Percent Pay Hike

Cal State officials offered a 5 percent increase for each of the next 3 years, though the raises are not guaranteed. The union plans strikes at four campuses.

Image caption: California's school buildings aren't what they used to be, after years or neglect and disrepair that the legislature now struggles to reverse.
California's Crumbling Schools: Legislature Crafting Huge Construction Bond

Small, rural districts often struggle to pass local bond measures to pay for school construction and repairs. In some cases, leaking roofs, dry rot and broken air conditioners haven’t been fixed in years.

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MPUSD is set to open a safe parking facility for students facing housing challenges.

Of the 9,660 students in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, about 20 percent are defined as homeless. That doesn’t mean they are unhoused, necessarily – some students and their families cram into a single room in a home, for…

Image caption: Under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California students must now be educated in media literacy and critical thinking skills.
How to Spot Fake News Now Part of California School Curriculum

A new law requires K-12 schools to add media literacy to curriculum for English language arts, science, math and history-social studies. Among the lessons will be recognizing fake news.

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A CSUMB program, designed to alleviate the region’s physician shortage, loses accreditation.

Five years ago, hopes ran high when CSU Monterey Bay launched a Master of Science Physician Assistant program to much fanfare. It was the first of its kind in the California State University system and held the promise of filling…

Image caption: Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled affirmative action policies unconstitutional, some students are recosidering their college choices.
Affirmative Action: How SCOTUS Decision Changes College Admissions

After the Supreme Court ended affirmative action in college admissions, some students are rethinking their school selections. Some colleges are also boosting their student outreach as they seek diversity.

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Soledad power couple resigns from their public offices on City Council and Hartnell College board.

Alejandro Chavez, a member of Soledad City Council, and Erica Padilla-Chavez, Hartnell College’s trustee for Area 6, have each resigned from their elected positions to move out of the county. Padilla-Chavez shared a statement announcing their resignations on Oct. 18.

Image caption: California, America’s technology mecca, is quickly falling behind in education for the next generation of computer scientists.
California Ranks Low in Tech Education Due to Teacher Shortage

Only 40 percent of California high schools offer computer science classes as California falls behind in technology education nationally. A new law aims to make it easier to certify computer science teachers.

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Central Coast Mobile Fab Lab makes debut in Salinas Valley

SALINAS VALLEY — Chevron, in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education and the Fab Foundation, recently hosted an afternoon of free hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning at the official launch of the Central Coast Mobile …

Image caption: California is one of the most complex political entities in the world. California Local’s upcoming book explains it all in 46 fascinating chapters.
‘How California Works’—a Synopsis of California Local’s First Book

California Local enters the world of book publishing with its upcoming book, ‘How California Works,’ explaining the inner workings of this ‘most American state.’

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UPDATED: Hartnell College faculty union declares an impasse in contract negotiations with administrators.

Contract negotiations between the Hartnell College Faculty Association and Hartnell Community College District administrators have failed after more than a year of trying to reach an agreement. The members of the HCFA on Monday, Oct. 2, filed for an impasse…

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Family Resource Center opens in Soledad

SOLEDAD — A little bit of old was transformed on the inside as Soledad Unified School District’s (SUSD) former Main Street Middle School Library reopened its doors as the Soledad Family Resource Center, following a ribbon cutting and celebration Saturday …

Image caption: Non-law enforcement spending on anti-hate efforts has topped $200 million since 2021, more than any other state.
California Spends Millions to Stop Hate Crimes. Here’s How

Hate crimes were up 20 percent in California in 2022, with those against transgender, Muslim and Black people increasing especially sharply. But the state is also spending more than any other to combat such crimes, including a hotline, state commission …

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Taylor Farms donates more than 1,100 backpacks to students in King City, Salinas

KING CITY — More than 1,100 backpacks filled with school supplies were delivered to students in King City and Salinas this year as part of Taylor Farms’ 13th annual Backpack Giving Program. After starting the program in Monterey County in …

Image caption: New legislation will impose penalties on local school boards that ban books for covering issues of diversity.
New California Bill Slaps Back at School Book Bans

California will penalize school boards that ban books based on inclusion of certain groups under a bill the governor is expected to sign into law. But some fear unintended consequences.