Vallejo Times-Herald: Vallejo High graduates defend school, look to future

By Lanz Christian Bañes/Times-Herald staff writer/

Corbus Field became a sea of red and white Wednesday as Vallejo High School’s senior class of 2013 gathered for the last time.

And while students celebrated their graduation, they also took the opportunity to stand up for a school that has seen a tough final month.

“While others see only the bad in the school, I see only the good,” senior class president Shane Hall told his 350 or so fellow graduates and the packed bleachers.

via Vallejo High graduates defend school, look to future.

The Reporter: Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District officials to mull 2013-14 budget

Fairfield-Suisun Unified leaders will mull over a draft 2013-14 district budget when the governing board meets tonight in open session in Fairfield.

Total revenues are projected to be $150.4 million, virtually the same as last year; and expenditures are projected to be $154.7 million, nearly 2 percent less than the previous year.

Kelly Morgan, the district’s assistant superintendent for business services, projected an ending balance of $8.1 million, nearly 40 percent less than the previous year’s balance of $13.5 million.

via Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District officials to mull 2013-14 ….

EdSource Today: Education officials seek team approach to fight chronic absenteeism

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Backed by the knowledge that the first symptom of academic failure is an empty desk, state education officials are putting a priority on battling chronic absenteeism by enlisting support across state agencies.

The California Department of Education convened a first-of-its-kind forum last month of state and local experts from school districts, health and social services agencies, district attorneys’ offices and advocacy groups. The goal: to get them to work cooperatively to keep children in school.

via Education officials seek team approach to fight chronic absenteeism – by Kathryn Baron.

EdSource Today: Vast reforms proposed for teacher credential programs

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When California placed a one-year limit on the length of teacher preparation programs back in 1970, there were no personal computers, tablets or smart phones; no online classes or Common Core standards; and not nearly as many English learners in public schools. Recognizing that these graduate programs can’t squeeze in an additional 40 years of knowledge and change into a one-year program, a state panel is recommending that the cap be lifted, among a range of other proposed changes intended to modernize and strengthen how teachers are prepared for the classroom.

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will begin considering 40 reforms Thursday proposed by its Teacher Preparation Advisory Panel (TAP), charged with updating the requirements to become a fully credentialed teacher.

via Vast reforms proposed for teacher credential programs – by Kathryn Baron.

Daily Republic: FSUSD looks at budget surplus for 1st time in years

FAIRFIELD — School district trustees will hear Thursday about a projected $3 million budget surplus that could grow depending on how the state budget shakes out in coming weeks.

The Fairfield-Suisun School District board will get a budget update that includes no cuts for the first time in five years when it meets at 6 p.m. in the district office at 2490 Hilborn Road. A study session, not related to the budget, is scheduled at 4 p.m. and closed session will take place at 5 p.m., prior to the regular meeting.

via School district looks at budget surplus for 1st time in years.

Daily Republic: Vacaville school board to continue budget talks

VACAVILLE — Budget talks are set to continue Thursday as trustees of the Vacaville School District hear more on the 2013-14 budget and wrap up business on the 2012-13 budget.

The board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the adoption of Tier III categorical program funds before hearing more from Associate Superintendent Kari Sousa on the budget for the upcoming school year. The board will vote, after Sousa’s presentation, on shifting nearly $5.3 million in targeted Tier III program money to general educational purposes.

via Vacaville school board to continue budget talks.

VCUSD’s Facebook Wall: Chief Business Officer Says, “Farewell”

Ms. Lisa Grant- Dawson has accepted a position as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services in the Hayward Unified School District. She will be vacating the Vallejo City Unified School District Chief Business Officer position, after over seven years of dedicated service. Lisa, whose office is adorned with a Wonder Woman cape has been a true superhero to the Business Services division and the District as a whole.

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Dan Walters: Is California’s new budget balanced? Not really

Gov. Jerry Brown blunted the expansionist tendencies of his fellow Democrats in writing a new state budget, but that doesn’t mean it’s the “balanced” spending plan that he and other Capitol politicians are claiming.

They define “balanced” as the state’s having enough revenue to pay for the 2013-14 budget’s appropriations. However, their budget ignores some very real obligations that, if recognized, would put the state many billions of dollars in the red.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/06/12/5489724/dan-walters-is-californias-new.html#mi_rss=Dan%20Walters#storylink=cpy

via Dan Walters: Is California’s new budget balanced? Not really.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Teen robbed at Vallejo High tennis courts

A teenager was robbed Monday at the Vallejo High School tennis courts.

The incident happened at about 1:50 p.m. when the 15-year-old victim was approached by an 18-year-old adult and a 17-year-old juvenile, police said.

The two surrounded the victim in a threatening manner, then the adult suspect grabbed the victim by this throat, demanded his belongings and took his money and cellphone, police said.

via Teen robbed at Vallejo High tennis courts.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Bethel graduate sets sights on Berkeley

By Lanz Christian Bañes Times-Herald staff writer/

Jesse Bethel High School’s top student, a regular hospital volunteer, will attend UC Berkeley this fall — but it wasn’t always part of her plans.

“I always thought I wanted to go to Davis,” said Sukhranjan Nijjar, 18, about her initial choice of campus for the University of California system.

Nijjar’s older brother attends UC Davis, and she hoped to follow in his footsteps. Nijjar credits her brother for driving her to succeed in high school.

via Bethel graduate sets sights on Berkeley.

The Reporter: Travis Unified School District board adopts $40.1 million budget

By Richard Bammer/ RBammer@TheReporter.com

Facing more red ink and less revenue than they did last year, Travis Unified leaders on Tuesday adopted a $40.1 million budget for 2013-14, with no plans for cost-of-living adjustments for staff or class-size reductions.

The five-member board of trustees’ decision comes even as state officials earlier this year projected that the 5,100-student district, which has some schools in Vacaville, may not be able to pay its bills for the current year or the two subsequent fiscal years, putting it on “qualified” financial status.

via Travis Unified School District board adopts $40.1 million budget.

EdSource Today: Michael Kirst, father of new school funding formula, looks back and at the work ahead

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It was the morning after the evening of the last revision, and the father of the Local Control Funding Formula looked upon all that the governor and Legislature had made, and declared, “Hey, not bad.”

Michael Kirst is relishing the all-but-certain passage later this week of the comprehensive school funding reform that he co-designed. That was five years ago, and, after many twists and iterations, the final version, negotiated over the weekend by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assembly Speaker John Pérez, D-Los Angeles, and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, ended up quite like the one published in April 2008. The framework – with base funding, a supplemental grant for every low-income student and English learner, and extra dollars again to districts with the highest concentrations of those targeted students – was in the paper that Kirst co-wrote with former California Secretary of Education Alan Bersin and then Berkeley Law Center professor and now state Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

via Michael Kirst, father of new school funding formula, looks back and at the work ahead – by John Fensterwald.

EdSource Today: Adult ed, regional occupational centers, partnership academies get reprieve

Once-threatened programs that prepare high school students for careers and adults for jobs or college appear likely to get at least a two-year reprieve under the compromise budget plan negotiated between legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown.

Under the compromise, districts that currently have adult education programs or are involved in Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, which provide hands-on learning in specific careers for high school students, will be required to keep their current programs for two more years, said state Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, who was a key player in the negotiations.

via Adult ed, regional occupational centers, partnership academies get reprieve – by Susan Frey.

Benicia Herald: 2013-14 budget earns special meeting of BUSD trustees

By Keri Luiz
Assistant Editor

Students only got out of school last week, but preparation is already under way for the 2013-14 Benicia Unified School District budget, which will be the focus Thursday of a special Board of Trustees meeting.

Affecting the outlook this year, as it does every year, is uncertainty at the state level, as well as falling district enrollment.

Among the many factors affecting the district’s budget this year is about $5 million in Education Protection Account funds, new revenues generated from the passage last November of Proposition 30, Chief Business Official Tim Rahill wrote in a report to the board.

via 2013-14 budget earns special meeting of BUSD trustees.

SCOE’s Facebook Wall: Get ready for the new Common Core Standards!

Get ready for the new Common Core Standards! Register today for the Preschool-12 Common Core Innovision Summit. The two-day summit, on August 8 and 9, will provide you with strategies and understanding to impact student achievement.

More information: http://www.solanocoe.net/apps/events/2013/8/8/1445310/?id=0

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Vallejo Times-Herald: Philippine native gets top Vallejo High honors

By Lanz Christian Bañes Times-Herald staff writer/

Martin Ray Arcibal will not only be the first person in his family to graduate from an American high school, but he’ll leave with top academic honors.

“I was overjoyed. I’ve worked hard for the last four years to reach this point,” said Arcibal, 18, and the valedictorian for Vallejo High School.

Arcibal didn’t start off high school thinking he’d be valedictorian. In fact, it was probably the furthest thing from his mind.

via Philippine native gets top Vallejo High honors.

Vallejo Times-Herald: Vallejo teen mom overcomes odds, graduates with top honors

By Lanz Christian Bañes Times-Herald staff writer/

A little less than a year ago, Lucia Zepeda gave birth to a healthy baby girl after five hours of labor.

There was only one complication: Zepeda was 16.

Like many teen mothers, Zepeda faced a difficult of choice of dropping out of school altogether or try and earn her diploma. She knew there was only one answer.

“It was important (to stay in school) because I wanted to graduate and go on to college so I could take care of my daughter,” said Zepeda, who has been at Peoples High School since the end of her junior year.

via Vallejo teen mom overcomes odds, graduates with top honors.