Antioch: Dozier-Libbey teachers bring charter bid to state

08/01/2014 02:16 PM PDT
ANTIOCH -- Dozier-Libbey Medical High School teachers continue efforts to convert the school into a charter school, having filed a petition this week with the state Board of Education. 
State schools chief race pits political insider against education reformer
08/01/2014 06:12 PM PDT - Incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson faces challenger Marshall Tuck in the November election. During interviews with the editorial boards of the Contra Costa Times and San Jose Mercury News, candidates agreed on issues such as the need for more money to fund education, but they disagreed about a recent court ruling that criticized teacher tenure, among other things. 

Accused Concord molester calm during cross examination
08/01/2014 06:08 AM PDT - Joseph Martin, Concord elementary schoolteacher charged with 150 counts of molestation against 14 victims, defends teaching methods, innocence 

Contra Costa Times editorial: Innovative education administrator Marshall Tuck superior choice for state schools chief
07/31/2014 01:13 PM PDT - Of the two remaining candidates for state superintendent of public instruction, both Democrats, incumbent Tom Torlakson panders to the politically powerful California Teachers Association by defending the status quo, while Marshall Tuck advocates for immediate changes and understands what must be done. 

UCLA chancellor says damages from water pipe break in the tens of millions of dollars
07/31/2014 06:32 AM PDT - Scores of utility workers struggled Wednesday to plug leaking valves in Westwood after Tuesday's ruptured water main spilled more than 20 million gallons onto Sunset Boulevard and portions of UCLA grounds. 

Teens get 'Mad' at money-management boot camp in Antioch
07/31/2014 07:09 AM PDT - Credit union and volunteers teach the ins and outs of financial literacy, including check writing, balancing a budget, prioritizing expenses and managing debt 

Accused child molester Joseph Martin takes the stand
07/31/2014 07:08 AM PDT - The former Concord elementary school teacher testifies that he's never placed his hand down the front of students' shirts. 

UCLA flood: 35,000 gallons a minute damage Pauley Pavilion, Wooden Center
07/30/2014 10:12 AM PDT - Los Angeles officials say it could take several days to repair a nearly century-old water pipe that burst from under Sunset Boulevard, spewing some 8 million gallons and inundating UCLA campus.  

Williamsport of the West: Youth baseball world descends on Livermore for Little League tourney
07/30/2014 05:55 AM PDT - The 2nd Annual Little League Intermediate World Series -- an international championship for youth aged 11 to 13 -- kicked off Tuesday at Livermore's Max Baer Park.  

Albany students uncover gems in Haiti slum
07/30/2014 06:25 AM PDT - Students on the fourth Haiti trip sponsored by Saint Mary's College High since 2013 visit a program providing a haven in the most impoverished slum in Port-au-Prince. 

Ohlone College accredited for next six years
07/30/2014 10:20 AM PDT - The Fremont community college, which also has a Newark campus, earned eight commendations on its accreditation report.  

Concord: Monument Crisis Center seeks backpacks for needy children
07/29/2014 06:22 PM PDT - The Monument Crisis Center is collecting school supplies and backpacks through Aug. 7 for 1,000 low-income children in Contra Costa County. Donations of items such as notebooks, pencils, glue sticks and erasers are encouraged, along with backpacks. 

Valley Stars: Wing Healing Therapies Foundation names new directors
07/29/2014 01:40 PM PDT - accomplishmentsNew Board Members Elected: The Sandra J. Wing Healing Therapies Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance for complementary therapies to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment, announced two new board members have been elected to 

Touted Oklahoma freshman Joe Mixon from Oakley cooperating with Norman cops
07/29/2014 08:41 AM PDT - Joe Mixon, the former Freedom High running back now at Oklahoma, has been accused of assault, but no charges have been filed. 

Summer camp disparities widen achievement gap
07/29/2014 01:16 PM PDT - The stark contrast between the summer activities of the Bay Area s have and have-not children not only highlights ethnic and class differences but also distinguishes who is likely to succeed -- and who may struggle in school and later in life. 

Northgate High team wins Rep. George Miller's Congressional App contest
07/28/2014 03:19 PM PDT - The Northgate High team of four students, which calls itself the 'STEM Girls, ' has won the first 11th District Congressional App Challenge as part of a nationwide House Student App Challenge. The teens from Walnut Creek and Concord created an app called "Unwind," aimed at helping people relieve stress. 

BioHealth and Bryman colleges close their doors
07/28/2014 02:58 PM PDT - BioHealth and Bryman colleges close after filing for bankruptcy. Bryman has campuses in San Jose, Hayward, San Francisco and Los Angeles. 

Former Bay Area schoolteacher sentenced for having child porn videos
07/28/2014 06:35 AM PDT - A former Fremont resident and Bay Area schoolteacher was sentenced to over 8 years in prison for having videos depicting child pornography on his computer, authorities said. 

Contra Costa Community College District sets plans for next wave of campus construction
07/26/2014 04:08 PM PDT - The district has put out a bid request for design and engineering plans for the long-awaited Brentwood campus. 

Middle and high school students can vote in mock election
07/25/2014 07:19 PM PDT - Although teens under age 18 can't legally vote in the November election, they can still weigh in on issues and candidates this fall through a statewide 2014 MyVote California Student mock election sponsored by the Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools are invited to register in the next three months and report their final schoolwide vote tallies to the Secretary of State's office after the Oct. 28 mock election. 

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.