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Gilroy Unified won’t pursue school closure, for now

The Gilroy Unified School District Board of Education on Jan. 26 decided not to move forward with closing a school. But with enrollment continuing to spiral down, the possibility of shutting down another campus will continue to hang over the …

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Flores announces retirement from Gilroy school district

Deborah Flores, who has led Gilroy Unified School District as superintendent for 16 years, will retire on June 30. Flores made the announcement during the Jan. 12 GUSD Board of Education meeting. “This was one of the hardest decisions I …

Image caption: Allison Leggett, a fourth-year student at Charles Drew University, on campus in the Watts region of Los Angeles on Dec. 7, 2022
Solving the Black Doctor Shortage

Charles Drew University, the only historically Black university in California, will launch a new MD program next year. The goal is to train more doctors of color to help underserved communities in a state where only 3% of physicians are …

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Santa Clara County Educators Fight for Safer Classrooms

As historian Jacques Barzun once wrote, “Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.” The underpaid and overworked paraeducators in Santa Clara County might concur. These members of the SEIU 521 union filed …

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Texas A&M-San Antonio Prez Tapped to Lead San Jose State

Cynthia Teniente-Matson has been recognized world-wide, nationally and in San Antonio for her leadership and service.

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Altman-Palm expands slim lead in MHUSD Trustee election

Nancy Altman-Palm has widened her lead to nearly 80 votes over incumbent Wendy Sullivan in the Morgan Hill Unified School District Trustee Area 1 race.  As of 5pm Nov. 14, Altman-Palm had received 1,953 votes, to Sullivan’s 1,874, according to …

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Gutierrez leads Gavilan College race

For the Trustee Area 3 seat on the Gavilan College Board of Trustees, school psychologist Gabriel Gutierrez held a more than 1,000-vote lead over education nonprofit executive Tara Bevington, according to the most recent results available. The seat represents western …

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Altman-Palm leads by 10 votes in MHUSD race

With potentially thousands of ballots still uncounted in Morgan Hill Unified School District Trustee Area 1, only 10 votes separate the incumbent and challenger in the Nov. 8 election. As of 5pm Nov. 9, Trustee Wendy Sullivan has received 1,165 …

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Results mixed for school board incumbents so far

Results tabulated so far in two of four races for Morgan Hill Unified School District Board of Trustees’ seats show clear preferences for board newcomer Terri Eves Knudsen and incumbent John Horner.  The other two races are too close to …

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Los Gatos’ elementary school district to pay $5.1 million in child sex abuse case

Updated: 11:58 am, Oct. 21, 2022 Los Gatos' public elementary school system has agreed to pay a total of $5.1 million to two men who were sexually abused as children by Blossom Hill Elementary School teacher Joseph Brian Houg, the …

Image caption: Sacramento City College in Sacramento on Oct. 3, 2022.
The Equity Gap: Community Colleges Won’t Reach Newsom’s Aspirational Goals

California’s community colleges aren’t on track to reach ambitious goals of closing the gaps in graduation rates between racial and ethnic groups. Its central office leaders doubt they’ll reach those goals, including new ones laid out by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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Meet the candidates: MHUSD Trustee Area 2

Running for the Morgan Hill Unified School District Trustee Area 2 seat are James Dill and incumbent John Horner.  Horner is running for his second four-year term on the MHUSD Board of Trustees. His professional experience started out as an …

Image caption: Yusbely Delgado Medrano, a UC Davis College Corps fellow, speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for the fellows in Sacramento on Oct. 7, 2022.
This State Program Could Help Undocumented Students Find Jobs

California’s estimated 75,000 undocumented students don’t qualify for federal work-study or most job opportunities. A new state service program launched last week, College Corps, will give hundreds of them as much as $10,000 per year to perform community service.

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Meet the candidates: MHUSD Trustee Area 1

Vying for one of four Morgan Hill Unified School District Trustees’ seats that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot are former educator Nancy Altman-Palm and incumbent Wendy Sullivan.  Altman-Palm’s experience in education spans more than 25 years with MHUSD …

Image caption: Because property taxes fund local school districts, resources for students vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood.
Learning Disabilities

A child’s ZIP code can dictate educational resources, student performance, and the chance of obtaining a higher degree.

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Mark Cummins inducted into Live Oak High Athletics Hall of Fame

From a young age, Mark Cummins knew he wanted to be a teacher and coach.  And for 37 years, Cummins has served in both of those capacities at Live Oak High. The 60-year-old was honored in a ceremony before the …

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Gavilan College dedicates new bridge to longtime faculty member

Susan Dodd cemented her legacy in Gavilan College lore long ago, but now, it can be seen in the most literal sense. A new concrete-and-steel pedestrian bridge that spans over the college’s main road, connecting the central Gilroy campus to …

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Santa Clara County Libraries Are Among Best Funded in California

Vast disparities in California's libraries mirror the state's yawning equity gaps: The state's most underfunded libraries are found in counties with high poverty and those with the lowest percentage of people over age 25 with a bachelor's degree, according to …

Image caption: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres addresses the United Nations.
International Day of Democracy

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres defends "the cornerstone of democratic societies—free, independent, and pluralistic media.”

Image caption: Supporters of Donald Trump have been behind a series of disruptions and threats at local government meetings.
New California Law Aims to End Public Meeting Disruptions

A wave of public government meeting disruptions by right-wing groups often inspired by Donald Trump has inspired a new law designed to help officials restore order to the process of running local government.

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