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. 
West Contra Costa school board saves taxpayers $10 million
07/25/2014 04:01 PM PDT - The district on Thursday refinanced at a lower interest rate $77.5 million of general obligation bonds to pay off original bonds approved by voters in 2002 and 2005. By refinancing bonds previously sold at higher interest rates, the West Contra Costa school district expects to save tax payers $10.3 million over the 20-year life of the bonds.  

Corinthian Colleges agrees to warn California students it plans to sell schools
07/25/2014 04:21 PM PDT - Sued by California Attorney General Kamala Harris, Corinthian Colleges agrees to warn California students it plans to sell Heald, WyoTech and Everest colleges. 

Stanford receives 3 big American art collections
07/25/2014 10:38 AM PDT - The university said Thursday the collections given to the Cantor Arts Center include Andy Warhol's archive of photo contact sheets, notebook sketches by Richard Diebenkorn and works of art by Jacob Lawrence.  

Database details California school employee pay
07/25/2014 11:54 AM PDT - California teachers earned an average of about $85,000 per year in salary and benefits last year, while 100 superintendents made more than $250,000 each, according to data provided by hundreds of school districts statewide.  

SJSU graduation speaker files excessive-force complaint, seeks more police accountability
07/25/2014 05:20 PM PDT - A keynote speaker at a San Jose State graduation ceremony has filed an excessive-force complaint against the San Jose Police Department and hopes his case can be a lightning rod for heavier scrutiny on the internal investigations that by and large clear officer misconduct. 

Brentwood school district celebrates energy conservation, plans for future projects
07/25/2014 02:18 PM PDT - The district plans to hire an energy engineering firm to help identify conservation projects and develop an overall plan for Prop. 39 funding. 

Berkeley private school The Academy closes after 45 years
07/25/2014 05:58 AM PDT - Parents and teachers at The Academy, a small private school, are feverishly trying to continue classes after the family corporation that owned it since 1969 closed it earlier this month due to low enrollment.  

Livermore soccer coach accused of committing lewd act with child
07/25/2014 06:01 AM PDT - Jesse Schlicker, 26, was charged Thursday with committing a lewd act on a child under 14 while he was working as a speed and strength coach in the soccer camp program at Cabernet Indoor Sports in Livermore. 

Heald, other Corinthian-owned colleges continue to recruit students as company closes
07/25/2014 06:03 AM PDT - Heald, WyoTech and other Corinthian-owned colleges have continued to recruit students as the company prepares to sell and close its campuses. 

Child porn website history found on Joseph Martin's computer, defense says accidental
07/25/2014 06:12 AM PDT - Martin's defense attorney argued that websites such as Milkboys.com and Gayboystube.com could have reached Martin's computer through pop-ups and redirect websites that could send users to unintended pages. 

El Cerrito High School plans to name campus facilities in honor of past faculty members
07/25/2014 06:15 AM PDT - The West Contra Costa school board also heard a report on enrollment projections and a proposal to rename Coronado Elementary in Richmond for labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta 

Pinole Valley High temporary campus will be ready in time, board told
07/25/2014 06:16 AM PDT - Delays in preparing the site could mean increased overtime costs to finish work by Aug. 12. 

Contra Costa college trustees deny waiver of sabbatical rules for chancellor
07/24/2014 01:43 PM PDT - The Contra Costa Community College District board decided not to approve a $22,500-per-month contract for retired Contra Costa College President McKinley Williams to serve as interim chancellor in the fall when Chancellor Helen Benjamin wanted to go on two months of paid sabbatical. 

Walnut Creek: Northgate High jazz band begins fundraising campaign to play Monterey Jazz Festival
07/24/2014 10:40 AM PDT - Raising money to attend prestigious Sept. 21 performance 

California State University lowers fall enrollment growth by 50 percent
07/23/2014 10:06 AM PDT - Enrollment growth at California State University will be cut by half this fall -- from 20,000 to about 10,000 additional students -- after state funding fell short of expectations.  

Aug. 18 deadline for taxpayers to contest Acalanes school bonds
07/22/2014 07:08 PM PDT - Residents in the Acalanes Union High School District who oppose the school board's decision to issue construction bonds that will exceed the tax rate promised in the 2008 Measure E ballot language can contest a request for validation of the bonds in Contra Costa County Superior Court by Aug. 18. The district filed a complaint earlier this month asking a judge to validate the issuance of $15 million in current interest bonds, even though the tax rate would exceed the $35.58 per $100,000 in assessed valuation voters were promised. 

Concord: Three former Joseph Martin principals testify, two under immunity
07/22/2014 07:08 PM PDT - School district officials discuss Joseph Martin's 2006 internal investigation, remember him as fantastic teacher. Parents and wife share stories about Martin wanting to become a teacher his whole life. 

Brentwood high school to provide specialized tutoring
07/22/2014 06:07 PM PDT - Heritage High School will require all students to take two, 30-minute sessions a week either to bring them up to speed or enrich their regular lessons  

Dramatic decline in California's teen birthrates over 22 years
07/22/2014 08:16 PM PDT - According to the annual Kids Count Data Book report released Tuesday, the teen birthrate for females ages 15 to 19 in the state has dropped 63 percent between 1990 and 2012. Experts attribute the drop to a variety of factors, including statewide policies and funding aimed at pregnancy prevention, as well as increased access to contraceptives and abortions. 

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.