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Noose Found Outside Stanford Dorm

A noose was found in a tree outside Branner Hall, and campus police are investigating it as a hate crime.

(May 9, 2022) → Read the full Daily Post report
Rob Jung Announces Run for MUSD’s Board of Education

Rob Jung is running for a seat on the Milpitas Unified School District’s Board of Education. A parent of two Milpitas High School graduates, Jung has been a resident of Milpitas for nearly three decades.

(April 28, 2022) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Gavilan College Announces Finalists for Superintendent/President

Three candidates—Pedro Avila, Claudia Lourido-Habib and Brian Sanders—have been selected as finalists for superintendent/president of the Gavilan Joint Community College District. All three will participate in an open forum on May 18.

(April 28, 2022) → Read the full Benito Link report
UC System to Cover Tuition for California Residents Who Are Native Americans

The University of California system this fall will begin to pay the tuition for California residents who are Native American. The decision could affect more than 600 students. UC President Michael Drake said the move would “advance critical efforts to expand student diversity and make the University of California more affordable.”

(April 26, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
Los Altos School District Board Hires New Superintendent

Sandra McGonagle, who has been in leadership in the Los Altos School District for the past 12 years, is the school board’s choice to replace Supervisor Jeff Baier, who is retiring at the end of the school year.

(April 25, 2022) → Read the full Daily Post report
Cupertino Union School District Recall Effort Fails

For the second time in less than two years, a recall attempt aimed at the Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees missed its target. Efforts to recall three members fell short of the 11,542 signatures needed to make the ballot.

(April 21, 2022) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Planning Commission Challenges Castilleja School’s Growth Plan

Castilleja School took a hit to its plan to expand student population and reconstruct its campus after a divided Planning and Transportation Commission voted to scale back the school's growth plans and restrict special events.

(April 20, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
California Delays Coronavirus Vaccine Mandate for Schools

California is delaying a coronavirus vaccine mandate for schoolchildren until at least the summer of 2023. The state was the first to announce a mandate, but it will not take effect until federal regulators give final approval to the vaccine for children.

(April 14, 2022) → Read the full KCRA NBC 3 report
Pleasures and Treasures of the California State Library

There are approximately 6 million items in the inventory of the California State Library. Four million of those are books, and nearly 2,000 of those are law books.

(April 13, 2022) → Read the full Comstock's Magazine report
Study Links Silicon Valley Housing Crunch to Shrinking School Enrollment

Two inescapable issues in Silicon Valley—lack of affordable housing and declining school enrollment—are closely tied, according to a recent report commissioned by the nonprofit Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

(April 1, 2022) → Read the full San Jose Spotlight report
Can California Prevent the Collapse of Community College Enrollment?

After community college enrollment collapsed in late 2020, California lawmakers came up with $120 million to help stem the tide of departing students. So far, progress has been uneven.

(March 21, 2022) → Read the full CapRadio report
Mountain View School District Considers Tax Measure

Faced with the possibility of major housing growth in Mountain View, education officials are looking for ways to fund new schools. But the city says one of the methods the Mountain View Whisman School District is considering could block new housing construction.

(March 9, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
School Districts to Put More Kids in Transitional Kindergarten

State legislation taking effect in the fall requires all school districts to add free programs for children who turn 5 between Sept. 2, 2022, and Feb. 2, 2023. Known as transitional kindergarten, this pre-K year teaches students important life skills.

(Feb. 25, 2022) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
If UC Berkeley Must Cut 3,000 Students, Should It Favor Californians?

Alameda Superior Court Judge Brad Seligman capped UC Berkeley enrollment at 2020-21 levels, after Berkeley citizens sued over the toll that enrollment growth would take on the city. A Court of Appeals rejected UC Berkeley’s request Feb. 10 to undo that cap. Now UCB is looking to the state’s highest court.

(Feb. 20, 2022) → Read the full CapRadio report
Foothill-De Anza Trustees Adopt Redistricting Map

In a 4-1 vote, the Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees approved a resolution to transition from at-large to trustee area elections and to adopt Draft Map A, establishing trustee area election boundaries.

(Feb. 17, 2022) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
Justice Vanguard Commemorates Black History Month

Kiyoshi Taylor and Kenan Moos, co-founders of the Los Altos-based racial justice organization Justice Vanguard, have created an educational resource titled “100 Years of Black History.”

(Feb. 15, 2022) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
Los Altos Superintendent Announces Retirement

After a dozen years leading the Los Altos School District and more than three decades in public education, Superintendent Jeff Baier plans to retire at the end of the school year.

(Feb. 4, 2022) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
College to Pay $560K to Ex-Athletic Director in Abuse Case

San Jose State University has agreed to pay $560,000 to a former deputy athletic director who was fired after alerting school officials about student athletes’ complaints regarding the school’s then-director of sports medicine.

(Jan. 26, 2022) → Read the full Associated Press Sacramento report
Pivotal School Funding Rule May Change

California schools currently only receive money for students who are present in class. A new bill might change this policy.

(Jan. 3, 2022) → Read the full The Sacramento Bee report
MVLA Elects New President

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees has elected Catherine Vonnegut as its new president.

(Dec. 30, 2021) → Read the full Mountain View Voice report
BYU Defeats Santa Clara’s Women’s Soccer Team

Brigham Young University defeated Santa Clara in penalties during a semifinal match. They will now advance to the College Cup finale being held in Santa Clara.

(Dec. 2, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Inside report
Interim SJSU President Announced

Stephen Perez has been announced as the new interim president for San Jose State University, following the exit of its most recent president in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal. He previously worked at Sacramento State.

(Nov. 22, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
Alum Rock School District & Teachers Struggling to Come to An Agreement

About 200 teachers, parents, and children protested recently in support of teachers who have yet to come to a resolution with the Alum Rock School District despite months of negotiations.

(Nov. 19, 2021) → Read the full San Jose Inside report
Milpitas Beat Investigates School Board Member’s Complaints

Michael Tsai, a board member for Milpitas Unified School District, is claiming his fellow board members are preventing him from attending meetings.

(Nov. 16, 2021) → Read the full Milpitas Beat report
Gunn High School Students File Lawsuit

Six Gunn High School students and their families have filed claims against the school over claims that the administration did not take action against bullying. All of the boys were allegedly targeted due to their ethnicity or special needs.

(Nov. 12, 2021) → Read the full Palo Alto Online report
Recall Petitions Approved by County Regarding CUSD Board Members

Three Cupertino Union School District board members will go through the recall process after a petition met its deadline.

(Nov. 9, 2021) → Read the full Los Altos Town Crier report
College Scorecard Reveals Truth About Education and Future Salaries

A recent study revealed that where you go to college doesn’t always determine how much you go on to earn. Some Stanford degrees can expect to yield $24,000 the first two years following graduation, while a solid AA from a Bay Area community college can put you at six figures.

(Nov. 7, 2021) → Read the full The Mercury News report
School Districts Announce New Parcel Tax

Los Gatos Union School District and Berryessa Union School District both approved a parcel tax in Tuesday’s election. This will increase funding for both school districts.

(Nov. 4, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
South County Annex Opens with Celebration

The Santa Clara County Office of Education has opened a South County Annex in Gilroy. The new location is a destination for health services, early learning services, migrant education, and alternative educational opportunities.

(Oct. 28, 2021) → Read the full Gilroy Dispatch report
Foothill College President Fired

Thuy Nguyen, the president of Foothill College for the past five years, has been released from her position following a faculty revolt.

(Oct. 26, 2021) → Read the full Daily Post report
Stanford Enjoys Impressive Return on Investments

Stanford University has received a 40 percent return on its investments, putting the university in a unique position to fund—among other things—more inclusion and outreach programming.

(Oct. 26, 2021) → Read the full Daily Post report
Residents Sign Up for Earthquake Drill

Over 310,000 Santa Clara County residents are participating in the 2021 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. This annual event is a coordinated earthquake drill between K-12 schools all over the region.

(Oct. 20, 2021) → Read the full Cupertino Today report
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