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Marion Joseph’s Crusade Is Paying Off


Marion Joseph died last year, but her years-long battle to improve the reading skills of California youngsters through phonics instruction lives on.

Plan Will Swap Land to Build Teacher Housing


County officials could soon fulfill one of their long-term goals—making it easier for teachers to live where they work. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors is voting to secure approximately five acres in Cupertino to construct affordable housing for educators.

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Silicon Alleys: San Jose and Dublin Celebrate Their Sisterly Ties

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ireland, once again brought a delegation to San Jose last week, enabling politicians from both sides of the Atlantic to reconnect and discuss shared values, including academic exchange programs. San Jose and Dublin have been …

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Construction begins at Charter School of Morgan Hill

The ceremonial start of a construction project that will modernize Charter School of Morgan Hill’s campus March 3 was billed as a “groundbreaking,” but it was more of a celebration that aimed to engage and entertain every student at the …

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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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