By Richard Bammer
Citing its “unsound educational program,” a majority of Vacaville Unified leaders on Thursday chose to deny a petition by a Rio Linda-based nonprofit operator of charter schools to have its downtown campus, Heritage Peak, fall under district oversight.
The 4-2 voice vote, made in a packed meeting room in the Educational Services Center, came after more than 90 minutes of discussion and questions among trustees, the CEO of Pacific Charter Institute and attorneys for the school district and the charter school.
via Vacaville Unified School District trustees deny charter school’s petition request – The Reporter.
Registration is still open for the 2013 TK-12 Common Core Summit to be held at the Solano County Office of Education on August 8 and 9. This Friday, July 19, is the last day to register.
via Registration is still open for the 2013… – Solano County Office of Education | Facebook.
By Louise Walker
I recently attended a financial literacy graduation ceremony for 52 high school seniors at Armijo High School in Fairfield.
The program teaches, assesses and certifies students in critical financial skills. The technology uses virtual worlds, gaming, social media and videos to teach critical skills, from using credit cards wisely to financing higher education. It is used by nearly 5,000 high schools in all 50 states and meets all national and state requirements for financial literacy.
via Viewpoints: Financial education vital for high schoolers – Viewpoints – The Sacramento Bee.
By Christina Samuels
A comparison of two well-known interventions for young children with autism, LEAP and TEACCH, has found that both of them produce gains among students during the school year—and so does high-quality classroom instruction that is not tied to any particular model.
The findings suggest that common elements of good classroom instruction, including an orderly classroom environment, well-trained teachers and positive interactions between children and adults, may be more important for children with autism than instruction using any particular treatment model. The study was published in the June edition of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the researchers have written a layman-friendly version of their findings.
via Study: High Quality Matters More Than Specific Model for Preschoolers with Autism – On Special Education – Education Week.
By Alyson Klein
On the eve of a possible vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on long-stalled legislation to rewrite the No Child Left Behind Act, the bill’s road to passage is still somewhat bumpy. House leaders have scheduled votes for Thursday on a host of amendments to the proposed Elementary and Secondary Education Act revision—26 of them altogether. But so far, a vote on final passage hasn’t been scheduled, which gives leaders extra time to twist some arms, if they need to. The final vote could be Thursday, Friday, or later, if need be.
via House Lawmakers Set to Debate No Child Left Behind Act Rewrite – Politics K-12 – Education Week.
By Sarah Rohrs/Times-Herald staff writer /
Ever since she was a little girl, Vallejo teen Eptistam Lambo has wanted to be a doctor.
This summer, she got a little closer to her dream, plus she got to help conduct research which could lead to a cure to a debilitating disease.
Lambo is one of 14 Mare Island Technology Academy students participating in a special summer internship program at Touro University.
via Vallejo teens help with Touro research on Alzheimer’s disease – Vallejo Times Herald.
By John Fensterwald
As the most sweeping change in K-12 school funding in decades, the new school finance system that took effect this month will require school officials to clear their minds of old formulas and assumptions and to think anew in constructing their budgets.
That’s the advice of School Services of California, a Sacramento-based consulting firm that is giving budget seminars around the state this week for school officials.
via A new K-12 funding system demands new thinking in building local budgets | EdSource Today.
By Kathryn Baron
Mark Yudof bid a formal farewell Wednesday to the University of California. The outgoing UC president’s remarks at the Board of Regents meeting in San Francisco were part thank you, part reflection and, emblematic of his position as head of leading university system, part lecture.
He made his comments one day before the regents are set to vote on the nomination of U.S Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as Yudof’s successor. Napolitano is scheduled to attend Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting.
via Mark Yudof signs off as president of the University of California | EdSource Today.
By Lillian Mongeau
Securing bipartisan support for the president’s $75 billion proposal to expand public preschool continues to be a challenge, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Wednesday on a media panel on early childhood education moderated by EdSource Today reporter Lillian Mongeau.
Duncan said he is meeting with Republican lawmakers as well as Republican governors and local school boards in an effort to convince conservatives that spending on the $75 billion plan is an investment that will pay dividends. The program, paid in part through an increase on the federal tobacco tax, would allow states to provide more preschool options for low-income families.
via Duncan: Bipartisan support elusive for Obama’s proposal to expand preschool | EdSource Today.
The Vallejo school board will hold a special meeting and study session Friday morning to discuss consultant contracts related to its search for a new chief business officer.
Lisa Grant-Dawson resigned last month to take a position in Hayward. However, she has continued on in an interim capacity as the Vallejo City Unified School District continues the search for her replacement.
via Vallejo school board to consider consultant contracts – Vallejo Times Herald.
By Richard Bammer
Vacaville Unified School District trustees, when they meet tonight, will consider a petition by a Rio Linda-based nonprofit operator of charter schools to have its downtown campus, Heritage Peak, fall under district oversight.
By mutual agreement in June, the district’s governing board and Pacific Charter Institute postponed a vote on the matter. At a May board meeting, trustees, concerned about unresolved questions of liability and special education costs, tabled a decision after 90 minutes of document review, advice by attorneys, comments by trustees and remarks by former Superintendent John Niederkorn. Trustees had originally scheduled an up-or-down vote on June 27.
via Vacaville trustees to discuss charter school oversight – The Reporter.
Posted by Lindsey Hickman
The Dixon Unified School District will have three open spots this election year, as seats of President Gil Pinon, Vice President Irina Okhremtchouk, and Member Herb Cross will expire.
The DUSD office reports, Herb Cross has confirmed he will not run again, however, there have been no announcements from other incumbents. Popular Stories
via Caitlin O’Halloran Announces Campaign for DUSD Board, Three Seats Expiring – Top News – Dixon, CA Patch.
By Laurel Rosenhall
Objection is mounting to the nomination of Janet Napolitano as the next University of California president, with students and immigration activists planning to protest against her at Thursday’s meeting of the governing Board of Regents in San Francisco.
Napolitano, a former governor and attorney general of Arizona, announced Friday she would step down as President Barack Obama’s U.S. Homeland Security secretary after her nomination to UC is confirmed. She is expected to attend the meeting, where regents are scheduled to vote on her nomination.
via Opposition rises to Janet Napolitano as next UC president – Education – The Sacramento Bee.
By Susan Frey
A new report shares lessons from national experts on how to best expand access to high-quality after-school programs, and emphasizes the important role of cities in providing these programs, particularly in high-poverty neighborhoods.
Committed leadership, data-sharing and citywide collaboration between program providers are the keys to more and better programs for youth, according to Better Together: Building Local Systems to Improve Afterschool. The report, released on Tuesday and funded by The Wallace Foundation, is based on best practices shared at a conference that took place in Baltimore in February. Representatives from more than 50 communities, including Contra Costa County, Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco, participated in the conference.
via Collaboration is key for quality after-school programs, report says | EdSource Today.
By Alyson Klein
School choice will be part of the debate when the U.S. House of Representatives takes up its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, possibly as early as this week. The House Majority Leader, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., who has become much more active on K-12 issues lately, has introduced an amendment that would allow Title I dollars to follow children to the public school of their choice, including charter schools.
The amendment would help “the most vulnerable kids, including foster children and those with disabilities. It is a public school choice amendment for children to have an experience like this,” Cantor said at a press conference at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Washington. The school has the longest waiting list of any charter school in the district.
via Cantor, Kline Push No Child Left Behind Rewrite, Public School Choice – Politics K-12 – Education Week.
As the University of California Board of Regents votes Thursday on a new president, Californians should watch the compensation package.
This is one area where nominee Janet Napolitano, now secretary of U.S. Homeland Security, can make a big difference.
via Editorial: Will Napolitano perpetuate UC’s bloated pay? – Editorials – The Sacramento Bee.
By Dean Bonner, research associate, Public Policy Institute of California
PPIC’s June survey brings into sharp focus a digital divide in broadband connectivity between Latinos and other racial/ethnic groups. About half of Latinos (52%) have a broadband connection at home, compared to 81 percent of whites and strong majorities of blacks and Asians. The 29-point divide between Latinos and whites has narrowed by only 5 points since the 2008 survey—despite an 18-point increase among Latinos in that time.
via The Digital Divide: It’s About Quality of Access (PPIC Commentary).
By Jane Meredith Adams
Hungry students don’t learn as well, which is why schools on Tuesday welcomed the announcement of new or renewed federal and state funding to provide students with fruits, vegetables, breakfasts and summer meals.
Hunger is one of the more tangible obstacles to learning, research has found, and California schools have a lot of hungry students in class.
via Fruits and veggies will flourish in classrooms with new grants | EdSource Today.
Ever since Dixon Unified eliminated class size reduction in the lower primary grades five years ago, Tremont Elementary kindergarten teacher Mia Lodigiani has never had less than 30 children in her classroom.
That’s 30 enthusiastic 5-and 6-year-olds with 30 backpacks, 30 pairs of shoes that need to be tied, 30 scissors to hold in their hands, 30 art projects, 30 Capri Sun drinks that need to be opened, and 60 hands going in all directions.
via Teachers celebrate the return of smaller… – The Dixon Tribune | Facebook.
Two memorandums of understanding and renewal of a children’s program are on the agenda when the Solano Community College governing board meets tonight in its new temporary offices in Fairfield.
The memos include an agreement between the college and Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District for students and faculty to use the automotive techonlogy lab and classrooms. The other is one between the Bay Area Clean Water Agencies and Solano Community College District for BACWA to provide classes for its memor organizations.
via SCC board to consider agreements – The Reporter.