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Paris Hilton Speaks Up for California’s ‘Troubled’ Teens


Heiress Paris Hilton is on a mission to shine a light on the "troubled teen industry," a largely unregulated multibillion-dollar industry that is gaining public scrutiny for alleged abuse of vulnerable youths.

Concerns Raised About Elementary Principal


Parents raised concerns about the new Kathryn Hughes Elementary School principal at a recent the Santa Clara Unified Board of Trustees meeting during public comments.

Bill to Mandate ‘Science of Reading’ in California Schools Faces Teachers Union Opposition


The move puts the fate of AB 2222 in question, but supporters insist that there is room to negotiate changes that can help tackle the state's literacy crisis.

Stanford University Announces New President


Stanford University named business school dean Jonathan Levin as its new president.

Opposition to Mountain View Middle School Schedule Change


Parents and students are voicing opposition to a new middle school schedule which would cut time for electives.

Santa Clara High School Honored


Mission Early College High School was honored by the State Department of Education with the California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award.

Dave Poetzinger New Principal of Los Gatos High


The Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District board promoted assistant principal Dave Poetzinger to replace Kevin Buchanan as principal of Los Gatos High School.

Mountain View Middle Schools Consider New Schedule


Middle Schools in Mountain View are considering a new schedule with one less class to allocate more time for teaching across the day, with a weekly advisory period. 

District Superintendent Resigns Amid Lawsuits


The superintendent of the Mountain View-Los Altos High School District announced their retirement as two lawsuits are pending against the district

California’s Disabled Students Left Behind During Emergencies: ‘They Just Weren’t Ready for Someone Like Me’


After bringing his story all the way to the University of California Board of Regents, a disabled UC Berkeley student has prompted the UC to ensure emergency evacuation chairs are in every multi-storied building in the 10-university system.

Morgan Hill Schools Announce Budget Shortfall, Staff Cuts


The Morgan Hill Unified School District is facing a multi-million dollar shortfall in budget and announced upcoming reductions of school staffing and other cuts.

School Kitchens Experience Staffing Shortages


As school meal programs expand, school kitchens are experiencing struggles hiring and retaining food workers.

MVLA Superintendent to Retire


After serving for five years as Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent, Nellie Meyer announced plans to retire at the end of the school year.

Math Center Celebrates Reopening


Mountain View's Mathnasium celebrated its reopening in Mountain View on Pi Day (3-14) with, what else, pies.

Q&A: How the 50-Year-Old Case That Transformed English Learner Education Began


An interview with Lucinda Lee Katz, the first grade teacher of the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case Lau vs. Nichols.

Youth Alliance Distributes Donated Laptops


200 laptop computers were donated to Youth Alliance by AT&T, Monterey Peninsula Foundation and Human-I-T, for distribution to Hollister and Gilroy residents lacking "digital basics".

Fewer Students, Higher Absenteeism Affect California 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.

New Website Features Information on Care of Backyard Chickens, Sheep, Goats


The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources advisors has published a new website with information resources for small acreage landowners raising livestock.

New Performing Arts Center Breaks Ground at Milpitas High School


A new Performing Arts Center at Milpitas High School begins construction, funded with monies from Bond Measure AA, passed in 2018.

California Schools Gained Billions During COVID-19. Now the Money is Running Out


California schools got $23.4 billion in federal pandemic relief money. Low-income schools that got the most may be hardest hit when the funds expire this year.

What California College Students Think About Online Classes


EdSource asked students at California colleges and universities why they are choosing between online or in-person options.

Classroom Fight Ramps Up in CA Election


On one side: Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ advocacy group. On the other side: Protect Kids California, a parents rights organization.

Property-Poor Districts Demand Fairer Funding for School Facilities


Lawyers representing organizations in property-poor school districts are pressing Gavin Newsom and legislators over a school bond for the November ballot.

East San Jose District Plans to Close a Middle School


At last week’s Alum Rock Union School District board meeting, teachers, parents and students showed up to save Aptitud Community Academy at Goss, a TK-8 public school, after a decision to shut down grades 6-8.

Cal State Faculty Vote to Ratify New Contract


Members of the California Faculty Association approve a two-year agreement that the union and administration hammered out after a strike last month that lasted one day.

San Jose Parents Strengthen School Safety


One San Jose high school is stepping up its safety measures following threats to students last year. Parents, teachers and officials hope the improvements will be adopted by other schools in the district.

Research: Immigration Enforcement Hinders Education; Schools Offer Support


Immigration enforcement lowers students’ ability to succeed academically and negatively affects their overall learning experience.

Arts Education Takes Flight Outdoors in Mariposa County


Teachers and students tap into a native tradition in which art and nature have always been inextricably linked.

Academic Rigor Versus Cultural Relevance Is a False Choice


By reframing them as mutually reinforcing rather than mutually exclusive, we can transform education for every child.

New California Teaching Standards Increase Focus on Family Engagement, Social-Emotional Learning


The state is to implement long-awaited new guidelines in 2025 despite some calls for a year’s delay.

Silicon Valley Charter School Disputes Education Board’s Discrimination Claims


Targeted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education, Bullis Charter School in the Los Altos School District is fighting to retain its charter.

UC Merced to Feature on ‘The College Tour’ Show


UC Merced will be highlighted on an Amazon Prime show that showcases universities around the world.

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