How can a teacher fired for molestation allegations get another job in classroom?

04/19/2014 04:17 PM 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 12:31 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
04/18/2014 10:59 PM 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. 

Documents detail sexual relationship between San Leandro High teacher, student
04/18/2014 04:04 PM PDT - San Leandro High School teacher Leon Chang turned himself in Thursday after being charged with engaging in an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenage student, police said. 

Schools mark the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath
04/18/2014 07:57 PM PDT - Teacher at Northgate High in Walnut Creek creates social media activities to commemorate the day John Steinbeck's classic novel was first released. An American High School teacher in Fremont says Grapes of Wrath is the kind of book that can change the way students look at the world. 

UC admits record number of students for fall 2014
04/18/2014 03:49 PM PDT - The nine-campus system's admissions offers were up 4.8 percent over the preliminary count for 2013, but UC Berkeley's offers to California residents were down by 9 percent 

'The Laramie Project' will ring down curtain on Dublin theater
04/18/2014 08:40 AM PDT - Dublin High's old Little Theater will be replaced by new theater complex 

San Leandro high school teacher charged in sexual relationship with student
04/18/2014 12:23 PM PDT - San Leandro High School teacher Leon Chang, 27, surrendered to San Jose police Thursday after he was charged by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office with statutory rape and arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes, San Leandro police said in a statement. 

California voters approve state paying for universal preschool, poll finds
04/18/2014 08:11 AM PDT - California voters, by a 57 percent majority, approve extending public schooling to 4-year-olds, even if it costs the state an additional $1.4 billion, according to a Field Poll released Friday. The majority support comes from even those without children under age 6. 

San Jose State racial bias panel: Diversity training must happen
04/18/2014 09:00 AM PDT - A special task force convened at San Jose State after allegations of relentless bullying of a black student by his white roommates tells President Mo Qayoumi all eyes will be on him as he considers their recommendations. 

Contra Costa Times editorial: Transfer degree offers students big advantages
04/17/2014 08:00 PM PDT - When California's master plan for higher education was spawned more than a half century ago it was not just innovative legislation but also a social compact establishing primacy of higher education in the Golden State. 

Agnews site: San Jose-Santa Clara Unified deal almost done to purchase for schools and park
04/17/2014 05:28 PM PDT - The city of San Jose and the Santa Clara Unified School District are nearing the finish line in the $80 million purchase of the former Agnews Developmental Center from the state. Votes to authorize final negotiations on the 81 acres are set Tuesday for the San Jose City Council and Thursday for the school district.  

Contra Costa Times editorial: Karen Sakata obvious choice for Contra Costa schools superintendent
04/17/2014 12:32 PM PDT - After 14 years as a school principal, Sakata has worked in the county Office of Education for the past six. She understands the complex policy issues facing a superintendent -- and the importance of keeping the job independent.  

A year later, Martinez boy wounded in Boston Marathon bombings returns
04/17/2014 08:41 AM PDT - A 12-year-old Martinez boy who was seriously injured in the Boston Marathon bombings a year ago is back in Boston with his family this week to pay tribute to the three people killed and more than 200 wounded in the attacks.  

Sustainable farm on sanitary district land could move forward
04/16/2014 05:42 PM PDT - The Central Contra Costa Sanitary District Board expects to vote Thursday on a proposal to lease a 14.8-acre portion of district property by $1 per year to be used for a sustainable farm project for up to 10 years. The land would planted with fruits and vegetables for schools and the local food bank, and could be used for education programs.  

(Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)
Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
(Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP Images)
Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.