By Ryan McCarthy
Placing proposed textbooks, including Positive Prevention Plus for sex education classes, at the Suisun City Library would expand the opportunity for the public to review the books, Fairfield-Suisun School District Trustee Chris Wilson said Thursday.
He said having the books at the library will allow review after 5 p.m., when the school district offices in Fairfield close and textbooks on display in the lobby are not available.
“We’ll see what we can do,” Superintendent Kris Corey told Wilson.
Source: Place proposed textbooks at library, trustee suggests
By Ryan McCarthy
Eight people were appointed Thursday to a citizens Bond Oversight Committee for the $249 million Measure J bond.
Charles Wood, Jana Modena, Rochelle Sherlock, Barbara Pisching, LeRoy Purvis, Nicole Mallari, Rick Wood and Robert C. Thomas Sr. will serve on the panel.
They will meet every other month once Measure J expenditures have begun, a school district staff report said.
Source: School board names 8 to Measure J oversight panel
By Ryan McCarthy
Nominating state Assemblyman Jim Frazier for the legislator of the year award by the California School Boards Association won approval by Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees meeting Thursday.
Given his commitment to public education, and specifically the Fairfield-Suisun School District, Frazier is worthy of this recognition, a school district staff report said.
Source: Frazier nomination as legislator of the year wins Fairfield-Suisun board support
By Ryan McCarthy
Conference and hotel costs of $25,705 – including events at UCLA and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – were among payments Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees approved Thursday.
School district spokewoman Sheila McCabe said before the meeting that the district misstated that $2,793 of the total was spent for Superintendent Kris Corey and a trustee to attend a two-day leadership institute in Sacramento.
Source: Trustees OK conference, hotel costs of $25,705
By Julia Steiny
Naturally, Faina Davis, a lawyer and head of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), would have a happy-ish story about what happens when troubled kids connect with adults who practice Restorative Justice. Far more often, kids misbehave, get punished, misbehave, get punished, in an endlessly destructive cycle. But Restoration works to interrupt this cycle by solving whatever was driving the misbehavior in the first place.
An 11th grader, whom Davis calls Cameron, transferred into a Restorative Oakland high school. He’d already become, as she put it, one of those “scary-dude kids” with saggy pants, a black hoodie and a horrible attitude. Such charmers come to her through the Oakland’s schools, which have become demonstration sites for restorative justice.
On his first day at the new school, Cameron met with the school’s Director. Cameron probably expected, per usual, to get yelled at, berated, and threatened with dire consequences for any more misdeeds. Instead, this Restorative Director put aside the thick folder of records of Cameron’s academic failures, suspensions and arrests. Start fresh. Cameron couldn’t suddenly become an angel. But together he and the Director would deal with the obstacles in the way of building a brighter, healthier path for this angry adolescent.
Source: Chronically Misbehaving Kids Suffer Mental and Social Disease
By Richard Bammer
Thousands of Vacaville-area public school students, like their counterparts statewide, showed across-the-board progress in the second year of new state standardized tests, the California Department of Education reported Wednesday morning.
State schools chief Tom Torlakson made the state results known in a 9 a.m. public announcement while visiting a Los Angeles elementary school and in the afternoon at San Leandro High School in the East Bay.
In Vacaville Unified, 37 percent of those taking the all-computerized tests last spring, some 6,200 students grades three to eight and 11, met or exceeded state standards in mathematics, an increase of 1 percent over last year, said Mark Frazier, the district’s chief academic officer.
Source: Area students show progress on state tests
By Richard Bammer
Presentations on project labor agreements, the opening of two new schools, and possible approval of Measure J projects for a bond sale are on the agenda when Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders meeting tonight in Fairfield.
The seven-member governing board will hear from Phil Henderson, a partner in Orbach Huff Suarez & Henderson, a Southern California-based firm specializing in construction project planning for public agencies, about PLAs.
His remarks will be related to Measure J, the $249 million bond passed by district voters in June that will be used to upgrade schools in the county’s largest district, with more than 21,000 students across more than two dozen schools.
Source: Two new school openings, Measure J bond sale on Fairfield-Suisun district agenda
By Ryan McCarthy
Conference and hotel costs of $25,705 – including events at UCLA and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – are among payments going before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees when they meet Thursday.
Eleven administrators attended the summer institute for new and aspiring principals hosted at UCLA by the Association of California School Administrators. The cost to the Fairfield-Suisun School District for June 27 to Aug. 1 event is $15,045.
Superintendent Kris Corey and a school district trustee attended a July 15-16 governance workshop in Sacramento by the California School Boards Association. The cost to the district is $2,793.
Source: $25,704 in conference, hotel costs go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California students made significant progress in the second year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests, with the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards increasing at every grade and in every student group.
Nearly half the students tested met or exceeded standards in English language arts, and nearly four in ten met or exceeded standards in mathematics (see Table 1). These online tests, based on California’s challenging academic standards, ask students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems, just as they will need to do in college and on the job.
“The higher test scores show that the dedication, hard work, and patience of California’s teachers, parents, school employees, and administrators are paying off. Together we are making progress towards upgrading our education system to prepare all students for careers and college in the 21st century,” Torlakson said.
Source: Statewide Student Test Results Released – Year 2016 (CA Dept of Education)
By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen
Hip-hop star E-40’s mission was simple on Tuesday.
He came back to give back.
Also known as Earl Stevens, 48, E-40 was at his former Vallejo junior high school — now Franklin Middle School — to hand out backpacks to every student there. And, not just any backpacks, but Jansport backpacks with lifetime warranties, filled with needed school supplies, organizers said.
Principal Michelle Jordan Faucette said that this is not the only way E-40 returns the favor to the city he still considers his own. He is also funding the construction of a music studio on campus, she said.
Source: Rapper E-40 back in Vallejo with school supplies-filled backpacks for students
By Daily Republic Staff
Solano Community College’s foundation will honor a group of alumni during the 2016 Annual Benefit Gala at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and it’s not too late to take part in the celebration.
The 2016 class includes:
- Dee Alarcon, retired Solano County Office of Education superintendent.
- Retired U.S. Army Col. Nestor Aliga, the 14th Assembly District’s 2016 Veteran of the Year.
- Dr. Luis A. Godoy, University of California, Davis, cardiothoracic surgeon.
Source: Solano College foundation to honor distinguished alumni
By Daily Republic Staff
Solano Community College President and Superintendent Celia Esposito-Noy and two of the college’s vice presidents, Leslie Minor and Greg Brown, will attend the California College Promise Conference on Tuesday in Oakland.
The general focus of the conference is making college more accessible to all students, according to a college press release. The conference will host more than 400 professionals representing colleges throughout California.
Source: Solano College administrators to attend conference
By Evie Blad
A Texas federal judge issued a nationwide order late Sunday, temporarily halting application of the Obama administration’s guidance on transgender students while a 13-state legal challenge on the issue, led by Texas, is decided.
The case is one of a number of legal challenges related to the May guidance, in which the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice said that, under Title IX, public schools must allow transgender students to use single-sex restrooms and locker rooms that align with their gender identity, even if it differs from their sex at birth. A related case, brought by a transgender Virginia student, may be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor sided with Texas and 12 other state plaintiffs in his order for a temporary injunction, which bars the federal agencies from enforcing the guidance and from from initiating civil rights investigations in schools based on their interpretation that Title IX’s discrimination protections apply to gender identity until he makes final judgment on the case.
Source: Judge Halts Obama Administration’s Transgender-Student Rules Nationwide – Rules for Engagement – Education Week
By Theresa Harrington
When Pedro Martinez arrived at La Joya Middle School in Visalia, Liz Serrato knew she had to reach him.
“I want to challenge you,” she told him when he said he preferred learning with other Spanish-speaking students. She urged him to take up the trumpet, which helped him meet new classmates.
Martinez came from Michoacán, Mexico – the same part of Mexico where Serrato spent her childhood. Feeling a connection to him because of their shared Mexican heritage, Serrato knew all too well what he and other English learners face. She was 15 when she came to the United States.
Now she’s on a mission to help spread her methods for teaching English learners and closely monitoring their progress throughout the Visalia Unified School District.
Source: Former English learner spearheads new system for tracking students | EdSource
By Nick Sestanovich
As Benicia Unified School District prepares to wrap up spending Measure S bond funds from the first issuance of bond funding known as Series A, it is ready to collect the second and final set of bond funds— which is not to exceed $29.6 million— for Series B. BUSD’s governing board voted to approve a resolution authorizing the refunding and support of legal documents for Series B bonds.
Measure S was passed by voters in 2014 for a total of $49.6 million in bond funding to be used for construction and renovation projects at BUSD schools. Jon Isom, a managing principal with Walnut Creek-based service planning and financial advisory company Isom Advisors, delivered a presentation on the updated district general obligation bond program.
Source: Benicia Unified School District: School board votes to approve resolution for remaining Measure S funds
By Kimberly K. Fu
Starting a new school year is exciting when you know that you have all your gear ready to go in your brand new backpack.
But when you’re financially strapped, the situation can be a strain.
Which is where two local organizations have stepped in.
Burlington Stores Inc. has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for a backpack drive.
Through Sept. 5, clients can participate in “#GiveBackPacks: Help Kids Get What They Need to Succeed!”
New or gently used backpacks are being sought and will be distributed to needy local children by the Vacaville branch of the Boys & Girls Club.
Source: Vacaville organizations partner to obtain backpacks for kids – The Reporter
In a victory for teacher unions, a divided California Supreme Court decided Monday to let the state’s teacher tenure law stand.
The high court decided 4-3 not to review a lower court ruling that upheld tenure and other job protections for teachers. That ruling came in a lawsuit by a group of students who claimed that incompetent teachers were almost impossible to fire because of tenure laws and that schools in poor neighborhoods were dumping grounds for bad teachers.
The case was closely watched around the country and highlighted tensions between teacher unions, school leaders, lawmakers and well-funded education reform groups over whether policies like tenure and firing teachers with the least seniority keep ineffective instructors in the classroom.
Source: California court decision keeps teacher tenure protections – The Reporter
By John Glidden
The African-American Alliance (AAA), the NAACP Vallejo Branch 1081 and the Solano County Black Chamber will host a candidates’ forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Vallejo City Hall, Council Chambers, 555 Santa Clara St.
All Vallejo City Council, mayoral, and Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education candidates will be asked questions obtained from various community residents, according to a joint press release from the organizations.
The forum will be divided into three sessions, officials said.
“We believe providing a forum where candidates running for office can provide information regarding their commitment to our city and their goal for improving the city is very important,” said AAA representative and forum organizer Eva Coley. “Our goal is to educate and to inform, which hopefully will allow the citizens of Vallejo to make an informed choice when voting.”
Source: Vallejo candidates’ forum set for Wednesday – Times Herald
The Solano County Safe Routes to School (SR2S) Program team welcomes students back to school and is excited to work again with schools across Solano County.
During the 2015-16 school year, 58 schools and 17,000 students took part in the program. The goal of the SR2S program is simply to increase the number of students walking and bicycling to school. The program works with schools to teach students how to walk and ride in a safe manner, slow traffic near schools and reduce congestion and air pollution in school drop-off zones. And these efforts help to increase and promote physical activity for students before and after school.
“I am proud of the positive impact Solano’s SR2S program has in our communities since it began in 2008,” said Rio Vista Mayor and Solano Transportation Authority Board Chair Norman Richardson. “Every school district takes part in the program — I hope we can get every school to join in for our kids’ safety and health.”
Source: Keep students safe and healthy with Safe Routes to School
By Ryan McCarthy
Positive Prevention Plus – sexual health education curriculum for middle and high school students that reflects the California Healthy Youth Act to affirmatively recognize people have different sexual orientations and discuss same-sex relationships – goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday.
The sexual health instruction is among new instructional materials for spring 2017 that go before the school board as an information item.
Action by trustees on the curriculum would follow Oct. 5, when public viewing ends for textbooks recommended for adoption.
Source: Sexual health education curriculum goes before Fairfield-Suisun school board