Sunnyvale, Morgan Hill parents accuse school districts of harassment over charters

11/27/2014 02:11 PM PST
The Morgan Hill Unified School District may have lost the battle to fend off a charter school hoping to serve low-income Latinos, but it may yet win the war -- by declaring that not enough parents are interested in attending the school. The district, along with the Sunnyvale School District, are among a handful in the state that have aggressively questioned parents who support charter schools -- a tactic that charter advocates charge is intended to erode support and evade a state law requiring school districts to provide campuses for charter schools.  
Orinda: District hires private investigator, kicks live-in nanny's daughter out of school
11/27/2014 09:04 PM PST - The Orinda Union School District hired a private investigator to find out whether a second-grader actually lived in the city, determined she lived in Bay Point and kicked her out. The girl's mother, a live-in nanny in Orinda, and her employer are mad and fighting back. 

Orinda school board race finally settled; Brown wins third open spot by 22-votes margin
11/26/2014 05:41 PM PST - At one point, a flat-footed tie 

Fresh produce collages depict Conan O'Brien, JFK, Darth Vader
11/27/2014 10:04 PM PST - The UC Global Food Initiative's virtual produce collage contest celebrates California's fruits, vegetables and nuts. 

Tweeting principal energizes staff and students, while engaging parents
11/27/2014 10:05 AM PST - John Swett Elementary Principal Adam Welcome and his staff are using Twitter and all sorts of other social media to keep parents, each other and the community informed about what they're doing in school. Through Twitter and other apps, Welcome and his staff share ideas and collaborate with educators across the state and country as part of a larger, virtual online professional learning community. 

Oakland: School finances improve, but taxpayers still penalized
11/26/2014 12:58 PM PST - School districts gets first 'qualified' financial audit since it borrowed $100 million in emergency funds from the state in 2003. 

Police narrow field of suspects in Santa Cruz High School shooting threat
11/26/2014 01:01 PM PST - While Santa Cruz police seized computer equipment, tracked leads and interviewed two "persons of interest" in a mass-shooting threat case at Santa Cruz High School, a person who claims to have sent the email to the principal continued his conversation with the Sentinel and police. 

California charter school enrollment soars again
11/26/2014 01:18 PM PST - LOS ANGELES -- The number of California students attending charter schools has risen to more than a half million. The California Charter Schools Association announced Tuesday an estimated 547,800 students are enrolled in charter schools for the 2014-15 school year, up from 519,000 the year before. 

Saratoga: West Valley College evacuated, classes canceled after threat made to campus
11/26/2014 03:43 PM PST - West Valley College in Saratoga was evacuated Wednesday morning and classes were canceled for the rest of the day after an unspecified threat was made to the campus. 

Mitch Daniels throws his 100th career touchdown pass in Concord High's North Coast Section football playoff win
11/26/2014 10:41 AM PST - Dan Honda/StaffMiletsone for Concord High's DanielsConcord High quarterback Mitch Daniels tossed his 100th career touchdown pass in his team's 48-23 win over Granada in the North Coast Section Division II quarterfinals on Oct. 

Walnut Creek: A patchwork of reasons to preserve library hours
11/26/2014 03:57 PM PST - Dan Rosenstrauch/StaffA patchwork of reasons to preserve library hoursGrace Gonsalves, a sixth grader at Walnut Creek Intermediate, looks over a quilt she created on behalf of the students of Walnut Creek in support of local libraries. 

UC Berkeley student sexually assaulted in dormitory Monday
11/26/2014 09:51 AM PST - Police responded to a report of a sexual assault that occurred in a University of California at Berkeley dormitory Monday afternoon 

Valley Stars: San Ramon teen pianists win music contest
11/25/2014 01:22 PM PST - AccomplishmentsYoung musicians win competition: Vincent Liu and Misha Galant have won the 42nd annual Competition for Young Musicians, sponsored by the Livermore-Amador Symphony Association. 

Menlo Park fifth-grader donates basketball gear to East Palo Alto kids
11/25/2014 12:23 PM PST - Eleven-year-old Shay Patel raised nearly $6,000 this fall to buy basketball gear for kids at the Moldaw-Zaffaroni Clubhouse in East Palo Alto. 

Martinez: School board OKs new Vicente Briones campus
11/25/2014 12:21 PM PST - School board agrees to $7 million campus 

Fremont: Two napping preschoolers injured by falling cabinet
11/25/2014 07:34 AM PST - A large cabinet mounted to the wall fell on top of two napping children at a Fremont preschool causing injuries to both of them. 

Second molestation trial begins for former Concord teacher
11/25/2014 01:13 PM PST - Acknowledging that the accusations of fondling boys' chests under their shirts is on the "low end of victimization," prosecutor Derek Butts opened the second trial of former Concord teacher Joseph Martin on Monday portraying the teacher as a terrific instructor who crossed the line between affection and molestation. 

Former student at Catholic boys school in Salinas sues over alleged sex abuse
11/24/2014 01:19 PM PST - Minnesota attorneys representing a former Palma High School student on Thursday filed a clergy sex abuse suit against a former teacher and chaplain at the school in the 1980s. 

Herhold: Napolitano emerged victorious over Brown in UC tuition fight
11/24/2014 05:11 PM PST - If you like politics, you had to savor the fight last week between Gov. Jerry Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano over tuition increases for the University of California system. 

Cal walkout: Hundreds of UC Berkeley students protest tuition hike
11/24/2014 04:03 PM PST - Chanting "Whose university? Our university!" the group marched through campus to downtown Berkeley, where they made stops at Berkeley High School and Berkeley City College.