Stanford law school professor named to California Supreme Court

07/22/2014 09:14 AM PDT
Adding Latino legal scholar to California Supreme Court, Gov. Jerry Brown nominates Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to replace Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's high court 
Coding classes: Students, dogged teachers overcome obstacles to add computer science classes
07/22/2014 10:09 AM PDT - The Bay Area may incubate techno-innovation, but it's fallen as flat as the rest of the country in one critical area: nurturing the next generation of cyber whizzes. Business and political leaders alike have harped on the need to teach kids computer programming and expand the traditional geek pool to include more girls, Latinos and African-Americans. From Oakland to Walnut Creek to San Jose, schools are introducing coding classes. 

Teacher expresses concerns about Joseph Martin's behavior, parents and students support
07/22/2014 06:26 AM PDT - MARTINEZ -- A teacher, parent and principal at the center of a Mt. Diablo school district investigation into former Woodside Elementary teacher Joseph Martin took the stand in his molestation trial Monday. 

Contra Costa college district may bend sabbatical rules for chancellor's absence
07/22/2014 06:28 AM PDT - District trustees will consider a waiver of policy to bring on a former district administrator, as Chancellor Helen Benjamin takes a pair of one-month stints to study professional development. 

Santa Clara County hires new schools chief for $295,000
07/21/2014 05:52 AM PDT - The Santa Clara County Board of Education officially hired its new superintendent, Jon Gundry from Southern California, who will begin work Aug. 1. Departing from its practice with previous chiefs, the county board will not provide a housing loan to Gundry, who is superintendent of the Pasadena Unified School District. But the board will pay him $30,000 for relocation. 

Corruption-buster to monitor sale, closure of Corinthian Colleges
07/18/2014 06:16 PM PDT - Former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald appointed to monitor compliance with shutdown and sale agreement with federal government. 

Corruption-buster to monitor sale, closure of Corinthian Colleges
07/18/2014 05:17 PM PDT - Former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald appointed to monitor compliance with shutdown and sale agreement with federal government. 

After years of waiting, Antioch High makeover starts with a flurry
07/21/2014 07:30 AM PDT - ANTIOCH -- It's a sight that Panther Country has been waiting to see for decades. Bulldozers were hard at work last week knocking down the well-worn bleachers at Eells Stadium, marking one of the first visible signs of the $56. 

Richmond: School official calls for demolition of school where arsonists struck
07/18/2014 12:01 PM PDT - West Contra Costa School board president Charles Ramsey said Thursday he will ask the district to speed up plans to demolish an empty middle school campus where arsonists struck this week.  

Defense witness says she saw molestation in Concord classroom
07/18/2014 12:00 PM PDT - Unexpected testimony comes amid parade of glowing defense witnesses during trial of Joseph Martin, 46, of Martinez. Martinez has pleaded not guilty to 150 molestation counts involving 14 former male students at Woodside Elementary School in Concord. 

Grant will give boost to Head Start programs in Contra Costa
07/18/2014 11:30 AM PDT - The $1.2 million federal grant will restore funding lost in the wake of last year's temporary shutdown of federal government programs and provide services to more than 1,860 children and their families at 27 centers throughout the county 

Corruption-buster to monitor sale, closure of Corinthian Colleges
07/18/2014 03:23 PM PDT - Former U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald appointed to monitor compliance with shutdown and sale agreement with federal government. 

Walnut Creek: Job fair for teachers Saturday at Brandman University
07/18/2014 12:01 PM PDT - Representatives from several East Bay school districts, schools and academies will review resumes and conduct on-site interviews for single subject, multiple subject and special education teaching jobs at the free event. Teachers are advised to wear professional attire and bring their credentials. 

San Jose: District names new school superintendent
07/18/2014 12:12 PM PDT - Luther Burbank School District has named Michelle Richardson, an educator with Southern California roots, as its next superintendent. 

Richmond: Local event to mark 10th anniversary of prep star's tragic death
07/18/2014 08:48 PM PDT - To mark 10 years since Terrance Kelly's death, the foundation bearing the Concord De La Salle football star's name will host "TK Day" at Nicholl Park, located at Macdonald Avenue and 33rd Street in Richmond. 

Family of San Jose State suicide files $11 million claim
07/17/2014 06:16 AM PDT - For the second time in the past year, San Jose State University, a largely commuter college, has been accused in a legal claim for damages of botching its duty to protect the small percentage of students who live on campus. 

Richmond: Suspicious fires reported at vacant school
07/17/2014 04:07 PM PDT - The Contra Costa Fire Protection District is investigating who may have started four separate fires in a classroom and assembly area of Adams Middle School, which was shuttered in 2009. 

Acalanes district seeks to validate bond issuance exceeding promised tax rate
07/17/2014 04:41 PM PDT - In a complaint filed Friday in Contra Costa County Superior Court, the Acalanes district asked a judge to validate the issuance of $15 million in construction bonds approved by the school board last month, even though the added debt would push the tax rate farther above what was promised in the 2008 Measure E ballot language.  

Nearly 25,000 California high school graduates earned Seal of Biliteracy
07/17/2014 06:12 AM PDT - In 2014, the number of high school graduates in the state who earned the Seal of Biliteracy grew to 24,513 -- more than twice the number of students who achieved this recognition when the program began two years ago.  

Danville: Fledgling playwrights, actors hone skills at yearly O'Neill retreat
07/16/2014 05:53 PM PDT - Area high school students work for a week at the famed writer's Tao House. 

This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno.