Students sound off about why they love 'linked learning' classes

01/30/2015 09:05 PM PST
Teens at several East Bay schools that offer hands-on, career-themed education programs said they like their caring teachers, the small communities of students who share classes, and the real-world experience they are getting, which make what they're learning more relevant to them. 
Barnidge: LMC campus is coming to Brentwood, but where exactly?
01/30/2015 06:42 PM PST - Questions still linger over selection of Marsh Creek Road site 

Deer Valley High's student store well stocked with DIY lessons
01/30/2015 09:33 PM PST - Run by teens, The Wolverines' Den translates marketing theory into hands-on experience. 

Ex-Monterey professor's mental state evaluation expected in two months
01/30/2015 05:10 PM PST - In two months, two court-appointed doctors evaluating the mental state of a former Naval Postgraduate School professor accused of slaying his ex-wife in 2012, will report back their findings to the court. 

Goodbye textbooks, hello free online resources
01/30/2015 06:44 PM PST - Schools are embracing 'open educational resources' -- entire lessons and yearlong curricula developed by educators and researchers and aligned to Common Core standards. The move has the potential to upend the $8 billion textbook industry. 

West Contra Costa school layoffs unlikely, but financial challenges remain
01/30/2015 01:54 PM PST - The district will have to reduce the teaching force by 34 in 2015-16 and 16 in 2016-17 to meet the reserve requirement, according to a staff report, but reductions can likely be made by not filling the jobs of employees who retire or leave voluntarily 

'Minecraft' for parents: What you need to know about your kids' favorite game
01/30/2015 12:50 PM PST - "Minecraft." You may have heard of it. With 60 million copies sold across all platforms, your child has likely played the video game or will hear about it as soon as he or she makes it to school age. 

Lockdown at Union City school lifted after police search for suspect
01/30/2015 04:36 PM PST - Kitayama Elementary School was locked down Friday morning while Union City police searched for a residental burglary suspect. 

Fremont: Local trainer to eye Super Bowl for concussion injuries
01/30/2015 12:03 PM PST - The NFL has hired Ohlone College's Jeff Roberts to look for head injuries that players might suffer during the big game at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz 

Despite objections, Livermore lab to fire world's largest laser at plutonium
01/30/2015 07:37 PM PST - Anti-nuclear and environmental groups had sought to halt tests on non-weapons grade plutonium at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore Lab. 

Ex-Monterey professor's mental state evaluation expected in two months
01/30/2015 12:00 PM PST - In two months, two court-appointed doctors evaluating the mental state of a former Naval Postgraduate School professor accused of slaying his ex-wife in 2012, will report back their findings to the court. 

Hercules police detain 9-year-old boy after he allegedly kicked an officer in leg
01/30/2015 12:11 PM PST - A school resource officer in Hercules detained a 9-year-old on Wednesday after the boy allegedly battered the officer by kicking him intentionally in the leg, police said Thursday.  

Benicia schools superintendent retires in June
01/30/2015 11:19 AM PST - Before starting as superintendent, Janice Adams was principal for seven years at Semple Elementary in Benicia, two years as a vice principal in Fairfield, and eight years as a teacher at since-closed Mills Elementary in Benicia.  

World's largest fleet of automated robots to deploy at UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center
01/30/2015 10:33 AM PST - A fleet of autonomous mobile robots programmed to transport items such as meals, medications, linens and lab specimens will begin operating around the clock Sunday when the new University of California at San Francisco's Medical Center at Mission Bay opens to the public. 

Man sought after female student fends off attacker at De Anza College
01/30/2015 07:33 AM PST - Police are looking for a man who reportedly attacked and tried to sexually assault a female student who quickly fought him off at De Anza College on Wednesday evening. 

Oscars 2015: Stanford filmmaker earns nomination for 'White Earth'
01/30/2015 07:29 AM PST - The short documentary looks at North Dakota's harsh, booming oil business through the eye of small town children. 

Stanford: Alleged rape victim 'unresponsive'; swimmer says he kept pants on
01/30/2015 07:26 AM PST - According to police reports, both the suspect and victim in an alleged rape behind a Stanford University fraternity party were drinking, the suspect denies raping her but police found her unconscious. 

Oakland makes new teacher pay offer
01/30/2015 06:43 AM PST - 10 percent raise would be over 18 months, not three years as was previously offered 

San Ramon Valley School District seeks parcel tax renewal
01/30/2015 07:10 AM PST - Mail-in ballots will be received by registered voters in early April to vote on whether to renew district's parcel tax to support its schools. 

Pattie Cortese chosen for East Side Union school board
01/29/2015 01:59 PM PST - The East Side Union High School District board has appointed Pattie Cortese to fill a vacancy on the board. Cortese, wife of Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese, himself a former East Side trustee, was chosen Monday from among five finalists for the slot. She will fill out the remaining two years of the term of Magdalena Carrasco, who resigned to take a seat on the San Jose City Council.  

(Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group)
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