Mt. Diablo trustees make appointments, approve College Park High improvements

08/28/2014 06:31 PM PDT
The Mt. Diablo school board has recently appointed several administrators, including directors of special education and personnel, a middle school principal and 12 vice principals. Trustees on Wednesday also approved an athletic facility improvement project at College Park High School in Pleasant Hill. 
West Contra Costa school district clashes with bond committee over audit
08/28/2014 05:25 PM PDT - Amid a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into the West Contra Costa school district's $1.6 billion construction bond program financing, tensions are growing between the independent committee that monitors program expenditures and district officials.  

Campus sexual assault: 'Yes means yes' bill clears California Legislature
08/28/2014 06:15 PM PDT - The California Legislature on Thursday sent to the governor Senate Bill 967, which would require all colleges taking student financial aid funding from the state to agree that in investigations of campus sexual assaults, silence or lack of resistance does not imply a green light for sex, and that drunkenness is not an acceptable defense. 

Cupertino student wins International Geographic Olympiad
08/28/2014 01:50 PM PDT - Cupertino student leaves International Geographic Olympiad early to get home for school, finds out later that he placed first. 

White House officials and Hispanic artists visit Concord elementary school
08/27/2014 09:42 PM PDT - Meadow Homes Elementary, a turnaround school with a high percentage of English learners and Hispanic students, was chosen by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a model for similar schools throughout the nation who want to boost arts instruction to excite students and engage them in creative and critical thinking. 

Newark teacher who wrote nasty, threatening tweets, given written reprimand
08/28/2014 10:06 AM PDT - On her Twitter feed, a Newark Memorial High School teacher was explicit about her desires for her students. She wanted to pour coffee on them. She wanted to stab them. Some of them, she said, "make my trigger finger itchy." 

White House officials and Hispanic artists visit Concord elementary school
08/27/2014 05:28 PM PDT - Meadow Homes Elementary, a turnaround school with a high percentage of English learners and Hispanic students, was chosen by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a model for similar schools throughout the nation who want to boost arts instruction to excite students and engage them in creative and critical thinking. 

Mt. Diablo School District students head back to school after summer break
08/27/2014 10:32 AM PDT - Kids return to school after summer break 

Concord's Urban Barber College gives students free haircuts
08/27/2014 10:31 AM PDT - Urban Barber CollegeBlanca Flores, a Concord High School student and Phase 3 student at Concord's Urban Barber College, gives a haircut to a child getting ready for the return to school. 

Walnut Creek School Notes: Study of 'collaborative fundraising' will continue
08/27/2014 10:24 AM PDT - WALNUT CREEK -- How fundraising should be done for the city's schools in the future is at the heart of a subcommittee the Walnut Creek School Board reinstated at its Aug. 

Campolindo High baseball coach Max Luckhurst resigns
08/27/2014 06:44 AM PDT - Saint Mary's Vicki Shimkus, former Cal Golden Bears football star Jim Hanifan honored 

Grants available for California schools with limited Internet connectivity
08/27/2014 06:45 AM PDT - Schools seeking to install high-speed computer networks in time for Common Core tests next spring are eligible for nearly $27 million in one-time grants, which must be used to enhance Internet connections. The money is being allocated from Proposition 98 funds set aside to fund the Broadband Infrastructure Improvement Grant program. 

Subpoena of West Contra Costa school district reveals scope of inquiry
08/27/2014 11:04 AM PDT - A subpoena from the Securities and Exchange Commission to the West Contra Costa school district obtained by this newspaper through a Public Records Act request shows that the federal agency is focusing on bond sales, fund transfers between bond accounts and non-construction related use of bond funds.  

$125.6 million spent on lawsuits by 10 California school districts in three years
08/26/2014 12:58 PM PDT - Ten large California school districts, including San Jose Unified, together spent $125.6 million on lawsuits over a three-year period, according to a report by a tort-reform group. 

JFK University interns gain experience by helping troubled youth
08/26/2014 12:36 PM PDT - JFK University interns gain experience helping boys develop 

Tri-Valley Stars: California High alums finish Air Force basic training
08/26/2014 12:10 PM PDT - militaryGraduating airmen: Air Force Airmen Glenn E. Harner and Kyle Alvarez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio, Texas. 

San Ramon Valley: School, fire district board campaigns to be competitive
08/26/2014 12:09 PM PDT - On Nov. 4, three incumbents and one newcomer will vie for three seats for the San Ramon Valley Unified School Board. In the fire district, one incumbent and three challengers are running for two board seats.  

Lawmakers call for end to reckless prescribing of psych meds to California foster kids
08/26/2014 12:03 PM PDT - Some of the state's most influential lawmakers on Monday called on California's foster care system to stop the reckless prescribing of psychiatric medications to troubled children, demanding the state quit spending tens of millions of tax dollars on such risky therapies.  

L.A. schools halt iPad contract with Apple
08/26/2014 03:29 PM PDT - Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy has suspended future use of a contract with Apple. 

Former Richmond teacher now facing 87 counts related to molestation of middle school students
08/26/2014 06:30 AM PDT - Ron Guinto originally charged with 27 counts related to molestation of middle school students when arrested in March