Mt. Diablo school board: Six candidates vie for three seats

09/20/2014 04:04 PM PDT
Incumbents Cheryl Hansen and Linda Mayo are facing challengers Herbert Lee, Michael Langley, Debra Mason and James Ryan.  
Poll: Public thinks teachers need better preparation
09/19/2014 03:52 PM PDT - A Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup poll revealed that those surveyed support stricter requirements for admission to teacher education programs, longer student teaching stints and a 'bar exam' type certification test. The poll also showed the public favors rigorous teacher evaluations, although support was lower for the use of test results in performance reviews. 

Data Center: High school exit exam pass rates for 2013-14
09/19/2014 05:07 PM PDT - CAHSEE pass rates by school and grade for the 2013-14 school year 

Pleasanton school board candidates to speak at forum Oct. 6
09/19/2014 09:25 PM PDT - Two incumbents and two challengers are running for two seats. 

Jon Hamm, Kevin Love and Questlove want you to prevent sexual assault
09/19/2014 01:46 PM PDT - Celebrities back White House "It's On Us" campaign to stop sexual assault, particularly on college campuses. 

California teachers fund to boost clean energy bets
09/19/2014 11:33 AM PDT - The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years.  

California's high school exit exam pass rate stable at 95.5%
09/19/2014 06:46 PM PDT - Following gains last year, the percentage of the Class of 2014 passing the high school exit exam by their senior year remained stable at 95.5 percent, keeping the rate at its record high. 

UC campus chancellors granted hefty pay raises of up to 20 percent
09/19/2014 10:08 AM PDT - The University of California's board of regents is boosting the six-figure salaries of its chancellors by as much as 20 percent.  

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg wants more students to explore tech
09/19/2014 07:29 AM PDT - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to turn more American high school students into well-paid techies -- and even hire some of them to work at his social-media company.  

UC Berkeley law professor nominated for Mexico ambassador
09/19/2014 09:43 AM PDT - Next ambassador to Mexico could be UC Berkeley law professor Maria Echaveste, former White House deputy chief of staff for Bill Clinton 

Divided West Contra Costa school board approves bridge easement
09/18/2014 04:25 PM PDT - In 3-2 vote, trustees agreed to an easement for a new pedestrian bridge across Interstate 80 that will be available to students at Riverside Elementary School in San Pablo. 

University of California appoints permanent CFO
09/18/2014 01:51 PM PDT - Nathan Brostrom will be the UC's new chief financial officer 

Ranking of Salinas in 'least educated city' list upsets many
09/18/2014 11:18 AM PDT - When it comes to education spending, California ranks near the bottom. It's not surprising then that five of its cities were ranked by WalletHub among the top ten "least educated" in the United States. 

L.A. school district to give up three grenade launchers, keep 60 M16 rifles
09/18/2014 10:56 AM PDT - School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.  

Stanford, Michigan get $10 million for election studies
09/18/2014 11:01 AM PDT - The National Science Foundation has awarded more than $10 million to researchers at the University of Michigan and Stanford University to conduct a series of surveys on political participation and vote choice in the 2016 presidential election.  

Newark tweeting teacher will not be charged with crime for 'inappropriate' remarks
09/19/2014 08:31 AM PDT - Tweets about harming students did not rise to criminal level, police say. 

Oakland: Mills College faculty and students rally against restructuring program
09/18/2014 08:28 AM PDT - About 30 students, faculty members, alumni and labor allies held a rally at Mills College in Oakland Wednesday to protest a restructuring effort that has led to layoffs.  

Grand jury transcripts recount 2012 Oakland nursing school massacre
09/18/2014 08:45 AM PDT - One Goh told police his original plan was to kill one person and himself 

Richmond: District criticized for cost to house charter school for one year
09/18/2014 06:33 AM PDT - The board approved a $600,000 expenditure without discussion in April to place 10 portable buildings and provide utility hookups on a portion of the playground of Stege Elementary School in Richmond to house the Caliber K-8 charter, which will have to relocate at the end of the academic year. 

Campus sexual assault: UC panel says standardize response, punishment
09/17/2014 03:08 PM PDT - UC should create an independent and confidential advocacy office for sexual assault victims and standardize investigations -- and punishments -- across the system, a UC task force recommends. UC President Janet Napolitano promises to fully fund the system.