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Bill to Mandate ‘Science of Reading’ in California Classrooms Dies

A bill to mandate use of the method will not advance in the Legislature this year in the face of teachers union opposition.

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Stanford Taps Business School Dean, Alum Jonathan Levin, as New President

Jonathan Levin, dean of the Stanford Graduate School of Business, has been appointed the 13th president of Stanford University. Levin is a distinguished economist and a Stanford alumnus who has led the business school for the last eight years. He …

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Silicon Valley Cities Work With Transit Agency on Safer Route to School

A partnership between multiple cities and a Silicon Valley transit agency is going to construct a long-needed safer route for students biking and walking to school.
The Homestead Safe Routes to School project aims to make traveling to school easier …

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LGHS Taps Assistant Principal for Top Job

The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District announced last week that Dave Poetzinger will be the new principal of Los Gatos High School. After a comprehensive search process—conducted by an interview team made up of teachers, support staff, parents, students, …

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California Extends Student Financial Aid Deadline to May 2

Responding to a federal financial aid glitch, Caliifornia legislators and Gov. Gavin Newsom within two weeks gave students an additional month to apply for state aid.

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East San Jose School District Money Problems May Prompt Takeover

An East San Jose school district is facing a dire financial deficit and could be taken over by the county's top education office.
The Santa Clara County Office of Education is reviewing Alum Rock Union School District's second interim financial …

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East San Jose School Board Selects Interim Leader After Ousting Predecessor

An East San Jose school board has appointed an interim leader on the heels of its sudden firing of the superintendent. 
The Alum Rock Union School District board of trustees unanimously appointed Imee Almazan, director of student services, as interim …

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Our Students Need More Recess

More frequent outdoor breaks can improve student attention, reduce behavior problems. Over the last decade, a growing list of U.S. states—including Missouri, Florida and New Jersey—have mandated daily recess. California joined the trend in late 2023.

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Morgan Hill Schools Face Layoffs as District Cuts Millions

The Morgan Hill Unified School District has begun issuing layoff notices to staff in an effort to cut about $5.5 million from the budget before the 2024-25 school year begins. 

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East San Jose School Superintendent Abruptly Fired

The Alum Rock Union School District board voted to fire longtime Superintendent Hilaria Bauer after returning from closed session. 
The board voted 3-2 to end her contact on Thursday night, with Trustees Linda Chavez, Minh Pham and Andres Quintero voting …

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Oakwood Boys Basketball Makes History

The Oakwood boys basketball team won the Central Coast Section Division V title for the Morgan Hill school’s first section championship in any sport. And it did not come easily. 

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Fewer Students and Higher Absenteeism Plague California’s Public School Financing

California’s public schools depend on state aid for the lion’s share of their operational income. Two trends – declining enrollment and high absenteeism – are creating financial headaches.

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Cougars Win League, Advance to CCS Final

The Christopher High boys soccer team produced the best season in school history this year. The Cougars ran all the way to the Central Coast Section Division III final for the first time, racking up a 17-3-2 record that included …

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Sunnyvale Voters Approve Multimillion-Dollar Bond for School Upgrades

A multimillion-dollar bond measure to support Sunnyvale elementary schools is poised to pass.
Measure C would give the Sunnyvale School District a $214 million bond over the next 34 years for facilities improvements, and early election results show voters approving …

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San Jose State, other CSU Students to Start New Semester with Faculty on Strike

After months of negotiations, California State  University officials are offering a 5% pay raise. The union that represents 29,000 faculty is seeking 12% and plans to strike at all 23 campuses the first of classes, beginning Jan. 22.

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San Jose Teens Create Apps that Win Honors from Congress

The first place winner was Caitlynn Sue, a student from Leland High School in San Jose, whose app “Oakli” helps people live more environmentally friendly by providing motivation, education, and resources.

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