Walnut Creek School Notes: Northgate aquatics complex under construction

04/23/2014 11:23 AM PDT
There is no turning back now, because construction is underway and moving fast on the long-awaited Northgate High School Aquatics Complex and Sports Medicine Center. 
California's affirmative action ban bolstered by Supreme Court ruling
04/23/2014 07:24 AM PDT - By upholding a Michigan law nearly identical to California's, the ruling left only a legislative -- or ballot initiative -- route for allowing racial and gender preferences in public college admissions, contracts and hiring. But that path, too, is now littered with obstacles. 

Whooping cough reported at Morello Park Elementary in Martinez
04/22/2014 12:26 PM PDT - Also known as pertussis, whooping cough can cause coughing fits that can interfere with breathing. One student at Morello Park Elementary was diagnosed with pertussis last week, even though he was vaccinated against it, according to his mother. 

Whooping cough reported at Morello Park Elementary in Martinez
04/22/2014 11:46 AM PDT - Also known as pertussis, whooping cough can cause coughing fits that can interfere with breathing. One student at Morello Park Elementary was diagnosed with pertussis last week, even though he was vaccinated against it, according to his mother. 

U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan anti-affirmative action law, California's Prop. 209 stands
04/22/2014 12:49 PM PDT - U.S. Supreme Court upholds Michigan law that forbids affirmative action in public programs, dooming further legal attacks on California's identical 1996 voter-approved Proposition 209 

Pleasant Hill: Lunchtime food trucks coming to Contra Costa Centre
04/22/2014 09:03 AM PDT - PLEASANT HILL -- It's getting to the point where gourmands won't be able to throw a pork bun or a gourmet cupcake in central Contra Costa County without hitting a food truck. 

Concord High School musicians share love of music with younger students
04/22/2014 03:52 PM PDT - After the Mt. Diablo school board eliminated instrumental music in elementary schools due to budget cuts, some secondary schools began to see a decline in band and orchestra enrollment. Now that the state has promised more money to schools in the future, music students, teachers and parents in the district are lobbying the school board to bring back elementary instrumental music programs. 

Leon Panetta to speak at St. Mary's College commencement
04/22/2014 09:03 AM PDT - Leon Panetta, former defense secretary, will speak at St. Mary's College of California's commencement May 24. 

Ten years after his death, Pat Tillman's spirit lives on in a military scholar program
04/21/2014 02:02 PM PDT - Tillman Military Scholars try to carry on the tradition of service exemplified by Pat Tillman, the San Jose native who turned his back on the NFL to join the Army after the 9-11 terrorist attacks and died in Afghanistan 10 years ago.  

Las Lomas High School assistant principal approved to lead Marin school
04/21/2014 11:02 AM PDT - Novato High School has a new leader. The board of trustees unanimously voted this week to approve Matt Baldwin as the school's next principal, beginning in July. 

Orinda school board refuses to hear complaint against principal
04/22/2014 09:03 AM PDT - Teacher's grievance against Wagner Ranch principal rallies critics of principal, superintendent 

Barnidge: Common Core is coming to public schools, whether you like it or not
04/21/2014 08:02 AM PDT - Will it bring student engagement and critical thinking or a lot of unnecessary change? 

How can a teacher fired for molestation allegations get another job in East Bay classroom?
04/21/2014 07:11 AM PDT - East Bay educators and parents are trying to find out how Ron Guinto continued teaching children after being fired by a Richmond school following child sex abuse allegations. The answers reveal loopholes and blind spots a newly implemented law was supposed to fix. 

San Jose State racial bias fixes have long, unfulfilled history
04/19/2014 04:59 PM PDT - San Jose State task force expects action on its new plan to combat racial bias and hate crimes but has concerns about previous plans, studies that were ignored 

Brentwood students melding art and technology
04/21/2014 08:15 AM PDT - Heritage High School teacher is introducing teens to digital art, where the viewer needs a smartphone to fully appreciate a piece of work. 

Former Berkeley lab director Sessler dies at 85
04/18/2014 04:31 PM PDT - Former Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory director Andrew Sessler, described as a visionary in the fields of physics and particle accelerator sciences, died Friday at the age of 85, lab officials said.  

American flag T-shirt case: Republican congressmen join legal flap over Cinco de Mayo incident at South Bay high school
04/18/2014 03:41 PM PDT - Republican lawmakers, conservative groups back former Live Oak High School students' families in federal appeals court battle over 2010 incident on Cinco de Mayo, when students were ordered to remove American flag T-shirts 

UC Berkeley sexual assault policies draw U.S. agency probe
04/18/2014 03:59 PM PDT - UC Berkeley students' complaint prompts a federal investigation into Cal's handling of sexual assault cases  

Concord: Former Woodside principal won't face charges in molestation-by-teacher case
04/19/2014 11:25 AM PDT - Contra Costa prosecutors announced former Woodside Elementary School Principal Jennifer Sachs will not be charged with failing to report child abuse for her handling of teacher Joseph Martin from 2004 to 2006. 

Sustainable farm on Contra Costa sanitary district land gets conditional go-ahead
04/18/2014 02:07 PM PDT - The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board voted 4-1 Thursday to move forward with the lease of a 14.8-acre portion of district property that could be used for a sustainable farm project for up to a decade. However, the deal cannot be finalized until those behind the proposal submit a business plan, which must be approved by the board. 

(Brendan Smialowski)
Congress is using Twitter, but which party is most active?

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