August 16th, 2012

SF struggles with violence prevention in schools

An 11-year-old boy in San Francisco, Tori (pictured), made headlines early last year when a shooting near his Western Addition home left a random bullet lodged permanently in his abdomen. Then in February, the boy turned from the victim to the accused.

School administrators kicked him out of Bessie Carmichael for allegedly shooting another student in the face with a BB gun. While the facts are in dispute, Tori’s situation illustrates the San Francisco Unified School District’s haphazard struggle to prevent violence and deal with guns in schools.

Read the full story from reporter Trey Bundy here.

Photo by Adithya Sambamurthy/The Bay Citizen

May 10th, 2012
More than half the Ph.D.’s in the state are fake.

John Bear, the author of “Degree Mills”, at a hearing in Sacramento yesterday. California has more diploma mills than any other state in the nation, but it is not doing enough to protect students from the unaccredited colleges and vocational schools that issue worthless degrees, state lawmakers said.

California has more diploma mills than any other state in the nation, but it is not doing enough to protect students from the unaccredited colleges and vocational schools that issue worthless degrees, state lawmakers said at hearing yesterday.

Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/1blJc)

March 27th, 2012
We don’t want to buy pink slime.

Dennis Barrett, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s director of food services.

Schools across the country have been quick to distance themselves from the cotton candy-colored controversy after revelations that the U.S. Department of Agriculture buys the product, commonly used in ground beef, for its national school lunch program.

March 21st, 2012

latimes:

CSU could turn away 25,000 students in budget slashing: The California State University system may also be forced to cut low-enrollment programs and lay off about 3,000 staffers if cost-cutting measures don’t improve.

Photo: Students at Cal State Northridge, including Julio Barron, 18, a freshman, protest against funding cuts in higher education last year. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
March 20th, 2012

California schools lead in Hispanic enrollment

California enrolls the most Hispanics in K-12 schools in the country: nearly 3.4 million in 2010, according to an analysis of census data released yesterday by the Pew Hispanic Center.

Hispanics made up 51 percent of all K-12 students in the state – the second-highest proportion of overall enrollment in the nation, behind New Mexico’s 57 percent.

March 15th, 2012
There is currently $2 billion worth of brand-new facilities in the planning, design, or construction stages at UC San Diego. And in the broader University of California system, there is more than 200 building projects under way at the 10 campuses and five medical centers, together valued at $8.9 billion.All of these new buildings seem an odd contradiction in a state that has cut billions of dollars in operating money from its public universities, which have responded by reducing enrollment, dramatically increasing tuition and laying off employees. Do you currently attend college in California? Click here to read more.

There is currently $2 billion worth of brand-new facilities in the planning, design, or construction stages at UC San Diego. And in the broader University of California system, there is more than 200 building projects under way at the 10 campuses and five medical centers, together valued at $8.9 billion.

All of these new buildings seem an odd contradiction in a state that has cut billions of dollars in operating money from its public universities, which have responded by reducing enrollment, dramatically increasing tuition and laying off employees. Do you currently attend college in California? Click here to read more.

March 7th, 2012

newshouramgrad:

Young black and Hispanic students are far more likely to receive tough school punishments, including suspensions, than white students.

Here, the NewsHour breaks down the complexities behind a new set of data released by the Department of Education.

Reblogged from PBS NewsHour
December 8th, 2011
Ever wonder about the process of building a California school? See the different phases as laid out by the California State Auditor. Learn more in their new report [PDF].

Ever wonder about the process of building a California school? See the different phases as laid out by the California State Auditor. Learn more in their new report [PDF].

December 8th, 2011
This report concludes that the [Division of the State Architect] is unable to certify that a large number of completed school construction projects meet requirements in the Field Act, a law designed to protect the safety of pupils, teachers, and the public. The division reports that over 16,000 projects remain uncertified. Elements of the act hamper the division’s ability to enforce the certification requirements.

From the California State Auditor report "The Division of the State Architect Lacks Enforcement Authority and Has Weak Oversight Procedures, Increasing the Risk That School Construction Projects May Be Unsafe."

The new report confirms the findings of our On Shaky Ground investigation into the seismic safety of California’s schools.

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