West Contra Costa school district forensic audit subcommittee meeting Tuesday

07/06/2015 02:52 PM PDT
A subcommittee responsible for recommending an independent attorney to assist the West Contra Costa school board in pursuing a forensic audit of its $1.6 billion bond construction program will meet Tuesday for the first time. The three-person group expects to discuss its role, a scoring guide for attorney selection, the scope of the planned forensic investigation and a time line for its completion. 
West Contra Costa school district whistle-blower speaks out
07/04/2015 08:21 PM PDT - Dennis Clay, a project analyst for the West Contra Costa school district, said he first alerted his supervisors about errors in financial reporting related to the $1.6 billion bond program in 2011. After he provided detailed documents to the bond program's auditor that he believes were not well-investigated, he decided to go public with allegations of mismanagement and suspicions of possible corruption. 

Walden West camp was silent 10 years ago after employee's sex crime arrest
07/04/2015 06:24 PM PDT - Ten years before a popular Walden West camp employee was arrested on suspicion of child molestation and child pornography, another live-in employee was charged with molesting a child he met online -- but the camp run by the Santa Clara County Office of Education neglected to notify parents at the time or take significant steps to change its policies to better protect children.  

Trade schools have to find grads jobs, or lose financial aid
07/03/2015 07:05 PM PDT - New rules are now in effect for any school with a career-training program. Graduates have to be able to earn enough money to repay their student loans, or a school risks losing access to financial aid. In general, annual loan payments shouldn't exceed 20 percent of a graduate's discretionary income or 8 percent of total earnings. 

Mt. View Whisman district seeking trustee
07/03/2015 05:47 PM PDT - Applications are being accepted starting Monday to fill a vacancy on the Mountain View Whisman board of trustees. The school board decided last week to appoint a replacement for trustee Chris Chiang rather than hold an election. 

Two top administrators at Santa Clara County Office of Education stepping down
07/03/2015 03:59 PM PDT - In an abrupt announcement, two top administrators of the beleaguered Santa Clara County Office of Education are stepping down, with allies of Superintendent Jon Gundry moving up the ladder. General Counsel Maribel Medina and Chief Business Officer Micaela Ochoa have left "to pursue other professional opportunities." 

West Contra Costa resident raises questions about parcel tax expenditures
07/03/2015 05:38 PM PDT - West Contra Costa school district voters approved a parcel tax in 2004 to help fund programs such as athletics and to help retain teachers. Although voters renewed the tax in 2008 and 2012, one district resident questions whether changes to the ballot language should have also resulted in changes to the way the money was spent. 

West Contra Costa school district whistle-blower speaks out
07/03/2015 02:26 PM PDT - Dennis Clay, a project analyst for the West Contra Costa school district, said he first alerted his supervisors about errors in financial reporting related to the $1.6 billion bond program in 2011. After he provided detailed documents to the bond program's auditor that he believes were not well-investigated, he decided to go public with allegations of mismanagement and suspicions of possible corruption. 

UC admission rates fall to lowest levels
07/06/2015 06:22 PM PDT - Admission rates for the University of California plummeted to their lowest levels this year, with figures released Thursday certain to fuel more criticism that the state's premier public university has become increasingly inaccessible to qualified applicants. Systemwide, the percentage of California resident freshmen applicants offered admission fell 2.9 percentage points to 60 percent.  

Clayton Valley Charter athletes charged in robbery accept plea deal
07/06/2015 10:31 AM PDT - Current and former Clayton Valley Charter High students charged with robbing a drug dealer in Concord accepted a plea deal on Wednesday that resulted in a three-year sentence for Drew Crabbe, who used a gun during the crime. The other three defendants were sent to juvenile court and their adult court robbery charges are expected to be dropped next week. 

Albany planners approve St. Mary's High chapel plans
07/02/2015 09:05 AM PDT - Plans to construct a new chapel on the campus at St. Mary's College High School were approved June 24 by the Planning and Zoning Commission.  

Concord parents petition for a new charter school
07/01/2015 05:01 PM PDT - Over 1,100 Concord are asking the Mt. Diablo School District to approve a new public charter school join the Monument Corridor.  

Los Gatos district seeks trustee applicants
07/01/2015 12:43 PM PDT - The Los Gatos School District is seeking applicants to fill out the term of trustee Scott Broomfield, who is resigning effective July 15. 

Clayton Valley Charter High students offered plea deal
06/30/2015 09:51 PM PDT - Attorneys representing current and former Clayton Valley Charter High students charged with robbing a drug dealer in Concord said Tuesday that they expect all four involved to accept a plea deal on Wednesday. According to the attorneys, Drew Crabbe is expected to plead guilty to robbery, while the other three are expected to be charged with theft in juvenile court. 

Clayton Valley Charter High students offered plea deal
06/30/2015 08:27 PM PDT - Attorneys representing current and former Clayton Valley Charter High students charged with robbing a drug dealer in Concord said Tuesday that they expect all four involved to accept a plea deal on Wednesday. According to the attorneys, Drew Crabbe is expected to plead guilty to robbery, while the other three are expected to be charged with theft in juvenile court. 

Dublin school board approves plans to remedy overcrowding
06/30/2015 02:41 PM PDT - Measures include placing cap on enrollment at Fallon Middle School and fast-tracking construction of a new school at Jordan Ranch.  

Valley Stars: Livermore Cowboys win RoboPlay Challenge
06/30/2015 02:27 PM PDT - AccomplishmentsLivermore Cowboys win challenge: The Livermore High School's Cowboy Code Academy robotics team, 101 Coders, competed at UC Davis in the RoboPlay Challenge. 

Moraga cracking down on rowdy house parties
06/30/2015 12:48 PM PDT - Town leaders mulling higher fines, more citations following complaints from residents 

Kindergartner's haircut distracting, Peninsula Catholic school says
06/30/2015 08:31 AM PDT - Family of 5-year-old who was ordered to cut his hair alleges that Immaculate Heart of Mary School discriminated against Jalyn based on his race. 

Former UC Berkeley students outline claims in Title IX sexual assault lawsuit
06/29/2015 09:14 PM PDT - Attorneys for three former UC Berkeley students announced Monday that they have filed a lawsuit against the University of California Board of Regents, claiming their clients were sexually assaulted and that the university did not do enough to protect them. 

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