Brandman plans free teaching job fair – Daily Republic

By Brad Stanhope

Brandman University will host a free “careers in teaching” job fair from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at its Fairfield campus, 4820 Business Center Drive, Suite 100.

Representatives from the Fairfield-Suisun, Vacaville, Vallejo, Oakland and San Leandro school districts will be on hand to review resumes and conduct on-site interviews, according to a press release. Positions being filled include single-subject, multiple subjects and special education within the school districts.

There are more than 100 positions open at those school districts, according to Brandman’s press release.

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Fairfield-Suisun district to eye peanut-free classrooms, schools – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Practices that include some peanut-free classrooms and schools will go before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees for review after trustees said Thursday that a districtwide policy prohibiting peanut products couldn’t be enforced – and heard that Fairfield schools served 183,000 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this year.

Two community members had proposed changes to the school district policy. Bud Nobili, a former Placer County superintendent of schools whose 4-year-old grandson will begin kindergarten next school year in the Fairfield-Suisun district, told trustees that peanut allergies are life-threatening.

He said current school district policies increase chances that a child with such allergies will come into contact with peanut products.

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CalSTAR helicopter lands for Solano College training – Daily Republic

By Adrienne Harris

Students studying emergency medical response at Solano Community College got a close look of a medical transport helicopter Wednesday after it landed on campus for a brief training exercise on trauma operations.

A California Shock Trauma Air Rescue crew of two flight nurses and a pilot demonstrated the landing process before emerging from the aircraft to deliver a briefing to a group of about 22 students.

Flight nurse Michelle Starbuck said helicopter responders are trained on how to work a scene, conduct hospital transfers and deliver “safe patient care quickly, efficiently and without killing anybody basically.”

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First English Framework Based On Common Core – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)

SACRAMENTO—California teachers have new guidance in teaching English language arts under the Common Core State Standards with additional support for English learners, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today as the State Board of Education adopted the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework for California Public Schools (Framework).This is the first time in the nation that a state has adopted dual guidelines in one publication for both English language arts and English language development.

“Bringing together the standards for English language arts and English language development will help give all students—no matter where they come from or where they live—the tools to read, write, and understand all their courses, so they will be ready for college and careers,” Torlakson said. “The new Framework addresses the needs of our diverse student population and gives teachers a ‘roadmap’ for curriculum and instruction under the Common Core.”

via First English Framework Based On Common Core – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education).

$128,900 consultant’s pact goes before school board – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A $128,900 contract for Capturing Kids’ Hearts training goes before Fairfield-Suisun School District trustees Thursday and includes costs for $300-an-hour calls to school district administrators – along with the option for additional $3,000-a-day consulting.

The Flippen Group in College Station, Texas, will provide professional development in Fairfield “to promote positive school and district cultures,” according to the yearlong contract.

“We help ‘grow greatness’ by developing relationships and processes that bring out the best in people,” a project overview by The Flippen Group states in part.

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California teachers to attest to reporting abuse – Daily Republic

By The Associated Press

California teachers applying for or renewing their credentials will be required to acknowledge that they understand their responsibility to report suspected child abuse to law enforcement or county welfare officials, and not just school administrators, under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday.

The legislation, AB2560, by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, was drafted in response to troubling cases involving child abuse in California schools.

According to Bonilla’s office, teachers reported several cases of suspected abuse to a principal in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District last year. But the principal never contacted law enforcement authorities, and the abuse wasn’t discovered until later.

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Guest: Students and tutors thrive in librarys homework help program – The Reporter

By Kevin Tolly

If we lived in a perfect world, one of the things we would find there would be a place each week in the library where the library offers young students free help with their homework.

In this perfect world, librarians would go out to the high schools and recruit the best student to come back and help younger kids who are struggling with math and English and science. Imagine the benefit. Imagine how motivated the elementary aged kid would be when week after week, a high school student takes time out of their day and talks to them about school.

Parents wouldn’t have to argue with their kids about homework, students grades would improve, mentoring relationships would form between the high school and elementary school kids.

via Guest: Students and tutors thrive in librarys homework help program – The Reporter.

Benicia Unified School District staff to explore water source alternatives – Vallejo Times Herald

By Irma Widjojo

The Benicia School Board members directed staff Tuesday to explore alternative water sources to irrigate the school district’s properties. The direction came in light of the recently passed emergency ordinance to restrict outdoor water use in the city due to California’s severe drought.

Even though the school fields are exempt from the restrictions, board members said the district should investigate other ways to maintain the fields by using non-city water. The ordinance restricts residents to only watering their landscapes on certain days and hours. However, organizations and residents with special circumstances can ask for waivers, and there are other exemptions, including drip irrigation and short-term watering with buckets.

via Benicia Unified School District staff to explore water source alternatives – Vallejo Times Herald.

Nutrition and Equipment Grants Awarded – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)

SACRAMENTO—Almost 700 California public schools will be awarded more than $16 million to ensure more low-income students will receive nutritious food prepared with modern equipment, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today as he released the funding results of three grants.

“School can be one of the few places where children from low-income families may receive a healthy meal,” Torlakson said. “These grants will not only help upgrade some equipment in school kitchens, but will also go to provide more fresh fruits and vegetables to students in need.”

Research shows there is a clear connection between good health and learning. Healthy children miss fewer days of school, are more academically successful, more attentive and well-behaved, and more likely to graduate from high school and go to college. That’s why Torlakson started his Team California for Healthy Kids initiative designed to help children be more physically active, eat nourishing food, and drink plenty of water all day.

via Nutrition and Equipment Grants Awarded – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education).

Solano College students get the chance to immerse in French culture – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

Maria-Alejandra Jaramillo, 23, is hoping to soak up some French culture in the next 14 days.

She spent Sunday packing for the trip that will give her and several other French students from Solano Community College a chance to practice their French and learn firsthand about the French by staying in homes around Paris.

The packing was going to be simple, Jaramillo said.

“The weather is going to be hot, so (I) don’t have to worry about scarves and boots,” she said.

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Car club plans garage sale for Assist-A-Grad fund – Daily Republic

By Susan Winlow

A local car club is having its annual garage sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to benefit the Assist-A-Grad scholarship fund.

The Golden Hills Mustang Club event will take place at 2611 Hilborn Road in Fairfield. Items for the garage sale are donated from the 100-plus members of the car club.

In addition to showing and working on Mustang cars, The Golden Hills Mustang Club is nonprofit organization that conducts several fundraising activities throughout the year to support local charities.

via Car club plans garage sale for Assist-A-Grad fund Daily Republic.

School board to discuss city water ordinance ramifications – Benicia Herald

By Keri Luiz

In a special meeting Tuesday, Superintendent of Benicia Schools Janice Adams will ask trustees to help choose a path forward for Benicia Unified School District in the wake of the city’s drought mitigation efforts.

The City Council adopted an emergency outdoor water usage ordinance July 1, amending Title 13 of the Benicia Municipal Code by adding chapter 13.36, the Emergency Outdoor Water Restrictions. Benicians are restricted to watering their yards and landscaping between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. on certain days, depending on their address.

Homes and commercial addresses with odd numbers may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Nobody may water Sundays.

via School board to discuss city water ordinance ramifications.

Teen organizes backpack drive, seeks support – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Tamia Wilson, 17, a senior at Rodriguez High School, is organizing her third backpack drive.

A Friday fundraiser will help purchase supplies. Wilson also welcomes donations of supplies and backpacks.

The fundraiser is a bus trip to Santa Cruz that will leave at 9 a.m. from Heritage Park in Suisun City. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales are donated to Wilson’s drive.

Wilson will collect donations beginning at 7:30 a.m., before the bus departs. She works in conjunction with Project What, a nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness about children with incarcerated parents.

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School funding reforms spur decisions at local level | EdSource

By Karla Scoon Reid

California’s new school funding system is driving districts in diverse regions of the state to shift their resources to achieve one of the key goals laid out in the sweeping financial reform effort – graduating students so they are ready for college or careers.

That’s what EdSource found as it tracked seven public school districts over the last six months as part of its “Following the School Funding Formula” project. Every California district had to adopt a plan outlining how it will spend state funds under the new Local Control Funding Formula, which also requires school systems to show how they will improve the educational outcomes of “high-needs” students – low-income pupils, English learners and foster children.

 

via School funding reforms spur decisions at local level | EdSource.

School board eyes contract extension for superintendent – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

A yearlong extension to 2017 for Superintendent Kris Corey’s three-year contact with the Fairfield-Suisun School District goes before trustees Thursday.

Her current contract ends June 30, 2016. The proposal extends the agreement to June 30, 2017. The pact lists Corey’s salary at $216,300 a year.

Changes in the contract include the school district contributing $14,500 yearly – rather than $10,000 – to a tax-sheltered instrument of the superintendent’s choice. A provision for the first year of the agreement – that the district pay up $4,500 for executive leadership coaching services – ends.

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Staff proposes nut-free policy for Fairfield-Suisun schools – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Nutrition services for the Fairfield-Suisun School District won’t serve food with peanut products at any school if a proposed policy wins approval Thursday.

“Peanuts are the leading cause of potentially life-threatening food allergies,” states a sample policy before trustees, “and ingesting, touching or even inhaling a derivative of a nut-based product can result in severe reactions or death for those who suffer from peanut allergies.

”Six to 8 percent of children younger than 4 and 4 percent of those older than 10 are affected, according to the proposed policy that also doesn’t allow peanuts and peanut derivative products in preschools and elementary schools.

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Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy – Education Week

By Alyson Klein on

The U.S. Department of Education Monday detailed its long-awaited “50-state” strategy for putting some teeth into a requirement of the 12-year-old No Child Left Behind Act that has gone largely unenforced up until now: ensuring that poor and minority students get access to as many great teachers as their more advantaged peers.

States will be required to submit new plans to address teacher distribution by April of 2015, or just a few months before the department likely will begin to consider states’ requests to renew their waivers from the NCLB law. (Read a letter the department sent to state chiefs outlining the plan here.)

This isn’t the first time that the feds have asked states to outline their plans on teacher distribution, but the results so far haven’t exactly been a stunning success.

via Arne Duncan Unveils 50-State Teacher-Equity Strategy – Politics K-12 – Education Week.

Proposed changes to LCAP renew debate | EdSource

By John Fensterwald

The State Board of Education this week could revise the process that districts use to create their funding and accountability plans. At a hearing in Sacramento on Thursday, critics will argue that the proposed changes don’t go far enough.

In response to hundreds of public comments, the state board will consider explicitly requiring districts to consult with students as they write their Local Control and Accountability Plans, which lay out budget and student achievement priorities. The plans are a critical component of the community and parent participation that the state’s new school funding system mandates. The board will also review a redesign of the LCAP template and may add a requirement that makes it clear that extra money for “high-needs” students must be used “principally” to benefit them. Civil rights groups lobbied heavily for the new wording.

via Proposed changes to LCAP renew debate | EdSource.

New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs | U.S. Department of Education

To improve the educational outcomes of America’s 6.5 million children and youth with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Education today announced a major shift in the way it oversees the effectiveness of states’ special education programs.

Until now, the Department’s primary focus was to determine whether states were meeting procedural requirements such as timelines for evaluations, due process hearings and transitioning children into preschool services. While these compliance indicators remain important to children and families, under the new framework known as Results-Driven Accountability (RDA), the Department will also include educational results and outcomes for students with disabilities in making each state’s annual determination under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

via New Accountability Framework Raises the Bar for State Special Education Programs | U.S. Department of Education.

STEM Task Force Report – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)

SACRAMENTO—For California to maintain its leadership in high-tech innovation, the state must emphasize helping students become literate in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said today as his STEM Task Force issued a report titled INNOVATE: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education (PDF).

“California is in a new era of education where getting students ready for college and career means acknowledging the needs of tomorrow’s workforce,” Torlakson said. “The new Blueprint for STEM will help us chart that course for the future and meet that demand.”

The STEM Task Force was charged by Torlakson and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord) with drafting a new vision and direction for STEM education in the state. The resulting Blueprint for STEM offered recommendations in seven general areas to expand and improve STEM education in California:

via STEM Task Force Report – Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education).