In standoff with California over testing, US Education Department blinks
03/08/2014 09:40 AM PST
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Education is allowing California to bypass federal requirements by giving standardized tests in math and reading to millions of public school students this spring without publicly reporting results or using them to hold schools or teachers accountable.
San Ramon looking for nominations for its teen citizenship award
03/07/2014 06:37 PM PST - The city of San Ramon is looking for nominations for high schoolers or middle schoolers deserving of its Outstanding Teen Citizen Award
Village Theatre Art Gallery program invites young artists to make fabric quilt mosaic projects
03/07/2014 06:28 PM PST - Village Theatre Art Gallery will be offering a Young@Art program for children, as part of its current exhibition, ARTful Women. Kids will be given an opportunity to learn about contemporary fabric art practices by making a fabric quilt mosaic with local mosaic instructor Jean Cernigoj.
US approves California's new K-12 testing plan
03/07/2014 02:12 PM PST - Federal education officials on Friday approved California's plan to roll out new computer-based standardized tests this spring, ending a months-long dispute that put the state at risk of sacrificing $1.5 billion in federal school funding.
Majoring in coffee? UC Davis establishes research center
03/07/2014 10:57 AM PST - DAVIS, Calif. (AP) -- University of California students who drink coffee to get through the day will soon be able to study the science behind the beverage.
UC changes sex assault policies
03/07/2014 05:08 PM PST - Sexual assault policy changes at UC include expanded training and education, increased reporting requirements, broader protections for victims and specific sanctions and protective measures that the university may impose.
Saratoga teen's suicide spurs 'Audrie's Law' on cyberbullying
03/06/2014 10:11 PM PST - Just a few months after three Saratoga High school boys were punished in juvenile court for photographing and sexually assaulting 15-year-old classmate Audrie Pott, new legislation is being introduced in her name that would make the crime easier to charge in adult court with harsher penalties.
Albany approves University Village project over protests
03/06/2014 10:01 PM PST - The vote came after a contentious meeting at which the council limited public comment on the project. Mayor Peggy Thomsen ordered police to remove an opponent of the project for disrupting the meeting.
California releases child abuse identification and reporting guidelines for parents
03/07/2014 06:41 AM PST - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released the guidelines Wednesday to clearly define child abuse and inform parents how to file complaints. In addition, the guidelines outline the process for addressing such complaints.
650 attend job fair for youths with disabilities
03/06/2014 04:51 PM PST - Coordinated by Milpitas Unified, the fair in Cupertino on Thursday drew 35 employers, from well-known names like Safeway and Orchard Supply, to companies like Kaman s Art Shoppes, which runs the photo and art concessions at amusement parks like Great America.
College freshmen survey: dream schools, dream jobs, political views
03/06/2014 01:15 PM PST - SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A new survey of the nation's college freshmen has found that the percentage attending their first-choice school has reached its lowest level in almost four decades, as cost and the availability of financial aid have come to play an influential role in decisions of where to
Richmond: Teacher's arrest on sex abuse charges raises concerns about hiring practices
03/07/2014 06:39 AM PST - As shock spread Thursday about the arrest of Ronald Guinto, who was fired from Richmond's Making Waves Academy after several students accused him of sexual abuse, questions followed about how he was hired at Mira Vista Elementary School even as police were investigating him.
Revised SAT exam will drop essay requirement starting in 2016
03/06/2014 02:17 PM PST - The new college admissions entrance exam will make the essay optional and will no longer deduct points for wrong answers. The College Board also plans to partner with Khan Academy to offer free test prep materials, leveling the playing field for all students.
Proposed El Cerrito charter school clears another hurdle
03/06/2014 01:46 PM PST - Contra Costa County Board of Education approves operating contract for Summit K2 Charter School, which plans to open next school year
Girl Scouts' new Barbie uniform patch raises outcry
03/06/2014 09:06 AM PST - NEW YORK (AP) -- A few weeks after her foray into the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition, Barbie is entangled in controversy again, this time over her ties with the Girl Scouts.
Richmond middle-school teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse
03/06/2014 06:42 AM PST - Ron Guinto, a seventh-grade English and science teacher at Mira Vista Elementary School, is being held on $1.4 million after he was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of sexual abuse involving students at his previous school, Making Waves Academy, police said.
California survey shows ready availability of alcohol, tobacco and sugary drinks near schools
03/06/2014 11:29 AM PST - North, East and South Bay counties reflect statewide findings, compiled for the launch of the Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community campaign; study finds many unhealthy products are marketed specifically to young people.
Santa Clara County schools chief is named superintendent of Texas school district
03/06/2014 03:54 PM PST - Xavier De La Torre, the embattled Santa Clara County superintendent of schools, was chosen Wednesday night to lead a school district in El Paso. His current bosses learned of its chief s new job Wednesday, after asking an administrator to contact De La Torre.
West Contra Costa school district approves bond measure for June ballot
03/05/2014 02:27 PM PST - If approved by voters, the $270 million proposal would be the seventh bond construction measure passed since 1998
Third-graders at Sonora school caught smoking pot
03/05/2014 01:34 PM PST - Police in a Central California city are trying to determine how three third-graders caught smoking marijuana got the drug.
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Who are these soldiers? After 150 years, we now know.
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Oops! Obama misspells Aretha Franklin's iconic song
The president omitted a letter from the singer's 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T' while praising her at a White House celebration.