Education

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY BOARD OF EDUCATION APPOINTS NEWCOMER REBEKAH BASSON TO EMPTY SEAT

 

Board passes over ex-PTA president/LMSV bond oversight committee member and former teacher’s union representative to select church worker

By Kendra Sitton

Read full transcript of meeting here.

August 5, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Rebekah Basson received the appointment to the La Mesa-Spring Valley (LMSV) Board of Education during a special meeting on Aug. 3, just two days before the deadline for an expensive special election to be held in its place.

LMSV SCHOOL BOARD PREPARES FOR SCHOOL YEAR, WILL VOTE THURSDAY ON APPOINTING NEW MEMBER

 

 

By Kendra Sitton

 

August 3, 2017 (La Mesa)-- In the La Mesa-Spring Valley (LMSV) Board of Education’s last meeting before the school year began, six candidates for the open seat moved forward to the public interview this Thursday, Aug. 3. Rebekah Basson, Charles Muse, Paul Schnaubelt, Jay Steiger, Dwight Sykes and Helen Yapura-Weiler were each nominated by current members for the appointment. The only eligible applicant who did not receive a nomination was John Shaffer.

SAN DIEGANS FOR OPEN GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES INTENT TO SUE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT OVER EMAIL DESTRUCTION POLICY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- A prominent attorney, Cory Briggs, has sent a letter to San Diego Unified School District’s Superintendent Cindy Marten expressing an intent to file a lawsuit after the school board voted to destroy emails after just one year.  Briggs says such action appears to violate state law requiring that all school district records, including electronic ones, be retained for at least three years. He also accuses the district of failing to comply in a timely manner with public records requests.

Society of Professional Journalists has previously voiced concerns over the districts shortened e-mail retention policy and nonresponsive to public records requests by media and/or the public.

Briggs has requested a settlement meeting.  Below is the full text of his letter:

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO DELETE EMAILS AFTER A YEAR, IGNORES RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

 

Source: Society of Professional Journalists, San Diego

July 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- On Tuesday evening, the San Diego Unified School Board unanimously adopted a policy to delete all emails from district servers after one year despite a recommendation from the San Diego chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to retain them for two years as other large California school districts do. San Diego SPJ spoke at the meeting, raising concern with this and the fact that district employees will be charged with deciding which emails are public records.

GOVERNOR SIGNS WEBER BILL TO HELP HUNGRY STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2017 (San Diego) -- “Twenty-four percent of CSU students experience hunger and nearly 20 percent of University of California students do not have access to adequate food or nutrition,” says Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, Ph.D. (D-San Diego), an educator who has taught at San Diego State University.   Now Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 214 into law, a measure authored by Weber to help ease hunger among college students in California.

NEW JOBS PROGRAM EMPLOYS AND EDUCATES HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS WHILE BUILDING AFFORDABLE SAN DIEGO HOMES

  

 

                                                                                            

By Terri Steele

 

July 17, 2017 (San Diego) -- There’s a ray of hope on the horizon for 16 to 24-year-olds looking for jobs, an education and a better future.  It springs from a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant recently awarded to the not-for-profit Heartland Coalition. 

The hope is with a program called YouthBuild.  And it’s working with East County community partners like Rock Church, Foothills, the County of San Diego and City of El Cajon to help them identify disaffected youth who are eager to get back to work and need an education.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE WINS CHET DEVORE AWARD AS MOST SUCCESSFUL PCAC ATHLETIC PROGRAM IN 2016-17

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

July 12, 2017 (El Cajon) -  The Grossmont College Griffins have added more hardware to their golden year of athletics.

A state community college championship in baseball has vaulted the college to the top to win the coveted Chet DeVore Trophy for the second straight year as the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

GOT GAMING SKILLS? $1500 SCHOLARSHIPS OFFERED

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - CrazyGames is offering a $1500 game development scholarship to students  - a very creative yet challenging endeavor. Founder Raf Mertens is a Stanford alumni who is passionate about computer science and using those skills in a creative way. (http://cs.stanford.edu/people/mertens/.)  The scholarship is open for any student in computer science or any related computer education program. You can find full scholarship info here - http://crazygames.com/scholarship

TRUMP’S EDUCATION SECRETARY BETSY DEVOS ROLLS BACK PROTECTIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

By Jordan Damond

July 9, 2017 (San Diego) -- President Donald Trump’s Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has announced her intent to discard college policies created by the Obama administration to  protect students and taxpayers from certain predatory for-profit colleges. Many take issue with Devos’ action, because during the final stages of Obama’s administration, it became evident that these policies have been increasingly effective ways of eliminating costly college programs that have left students mired in debt, without the earning power to pay off student loans.

COURT RULINGS IMPACT CHARTER SCHOOLS IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Diego Valley Charter School students protesting to save their school at November 2015 GUHSD board meeting

July 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Several recent court rulings impact the future of many charter schools in California, including several in East County.

Last October, a California appellate court ruled that charter schools can’t expand within their home county by opening campuses outside their own authorizing district.  That ruling affected a suit filed back in 2015 by the Grossmont Union High School District seeking to shut down the Julian Charter School, Alpine Academy and Diego Valley Charter School, all operating within the GUHSD boundaries.

VACANCY ON LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

East County News Service

July 4, 2017 (La Mesa-Spring Valley) -  Applications are being accepted now through July 24 to fill a vacancy on the La Mesa-Spring Valley Board of Education. Board member Rick Winet resigned after taking a position with McGregor Inc., a benefits administrator, to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside within the boundaries of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, be a United States citizen, and a registered voter.  The appointee will serve through December 2018.

LA MESA SPRING VALLEY BOARD OF EDUCATION DENIES CHARTER FOR COLLEGE PREPARATORY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

By Jonathan Goetz; Miriam Raftery also contributed to this report.

Photo, left:  David Chong

July 2, 2017 (La Mesa) — At a special session Friday, the La Mesa Spring Valley School District Board of Education voted 4-0 to deny a petition to charter College Preparatory Middle School (CPMS) through the LMSV.

LAWSUIT AGAINST GUHSD AND SUPERINTENDENT OVER REFUSAL TO TURN OVER EMAILS AND TEXTS ON PERSONAL DEVICES GETS BOOST FROM STATE SUPREME COURT RULING

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diegans for Open Government (SDOG), a government watchdog group, filed a lawsuit in January against the Grossmont Union High School District and Superintendent Tim Glover.  It alleges that the defendants “intentionally used personal e-mail accounts and text-messaging devices (e.g., mobile phones and tablets) to communicate about illegal political activity they were conducting—without being subject to public scrutiny—on Measure BB appearing on the November ballot.”

GUHSD’S CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HEARS REPORTS ON BOND EXPENDITURES, LAWSUIT UPDATE AND BUDGET PROJECTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Newly appointed Grossmont Union High School District Citizens Bond Oversight Committee member Lou Russo has forwarded a copy of the most recent meeting minutes from March 29 to ECM.  There were several items of note including audit results, status of bond projects and other construction at district schools, an update on the lawsuit filed against the GUHSD over the proposed Alpine High School on which the district has spent over $3.2 million to date, and a projected $11.1 million budget deficit for the district.

Below are the full minutes:

GUHSD LAYS OFF WEB DEVELOPER, PLUS 14 OTHERS, EFFECTIVE TODAY

 

By Jonathan Goetz

June 30, 2017 (El Cajon) – Today is the last day of the fiscal year, and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) ultimately lays off nine teachers and six classified employees effective today, according to Catherine Martin with GUHSD. This is down from 35.4 teacher lay-offs and 21 staff eliminations originally resolved.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY AT CHARLEY BROWN PRESCHOOL JULY 15

 

East County News Service

June 21, 2017 (La Mesa) - It’s Charley Brown Preschool’s 45th anniversary and you’re invited to join the celebration honoring its long history of service to East County families.  Former students, parents, friends and neighbors are invited to the event on Saturday, July 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5921 Jackson Drive in La Mesa.

WATER TESTING FOR LEAD COMES UP CLEAN IN CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

East County News Service

June 18, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A new state program authorizes school districts to work with local water districts to provide free lead testing of drinking water at all school sites.  The results are in for Cajon Valley Union School District campuses, which draw water from three water agencies: Helix Water District, Otay Water District and Padre Dam Municipal Water District.

GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA GRADUATES RECEIVE MORE THAN 4,830 DEGREES, CERTIFICATES

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

June 12, 2017 (El Cajon) - The impact on lives that Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have is never more apparent than on commencement day, when speakers talk about their first steps taken in their academic journeys and the encouragement they’ve received along the way.

TEDXTALKS CHANGE KIDS--AS KIDS SEEK TO CHANGE THE WORLD

 

By Devorah Fox

Photo:  Isela and Kalani Creutzburg

June 8, 2017 (El Cajon) -- More than a ray of hope, the students of Cajon Valley Union School District delivered to their community the sun of a bright tomorrow with their TEDxKids@ElCajon Talks last Saturday. Using an expertly produced mix of live and videotaped audiovisual performances the children danced, and sang and played and talked their way into the hearts of all present.

GUHSD APPOINTS LOU RUSSO, CRITIC OF ALPINE LAWSUIT AGAINST GUHSD, TO CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

By Julie Pendray

Photo via Twitter

June 6, 2017 (Alpine)--Lou Russo, who ran unsuccessfully three times for Alpine Union School District (AUSD) board, has been appointed to Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

“I am honored to announce that I have been unanimously selected by the Grossmont Union High governing board to be a member of the Citizen Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC),” Russo wrote in an email to news media in early May. “Although I am the representative at large, I will bring Alpine's perspective to the Bond Oversight processes.”

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST TEDX CONFERENCE ON JUNE 3

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Cajon Valley Union School District will host TEDxKids@ElCajon on June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School. Themed “PowerUp,” this year’s event will showcase student speakers from various backgrounds exploring current and relevant topics affecting El Cajon’s young people and their power to change the World.

ASSEMBLY APPROVES LORENA GONZALEZ-FLETCHER BILL REQUIRING LEAD TESTING FOR SCHOOL WATER

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2017 (Sacramento) - California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won approval by the Assembly for her legislation that will require school districts to test for lead contamination in their water supplies, and to notify parents if any lead is discovered. Assembly Bill 746 was approved on a vote of 68-0.

REPORT: ONE IN THREE LOCAL STUDENTS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE

 

 

By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

Video by James Kecskes

May 30, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - More than one-third of local fifth, seventh and ninth graders in public schools are overweight or obese.

This the key finding in the 2016 State of Childhood Obesity report released today by the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative, a public-private partnership tasked with reducing and preventing childhood obesity in the region.

GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA COLLEGE GRADUATES TO RECEIVE RECORD NUMBER OF DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES





Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Photo:  Viriginia Hall

May 27, 2017 (El Cajon) - Graduates of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges have done it again. The two East County colleges will award 4,833 degrees and certificates this year, a 13 percent increase from last year and another record high for the college district.

STEELE CANYON STUDENT ARRESTED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA THREAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- Sheriff's deputies arrested a 14-year-old Steele Canyon High School student last night who threatened another Steele Canyon student via social media. The student posted a picture on Snap Chat of himself carrying what appeared to be a handgun and told the victim not to show up today for school at the campus in Spring Valley.

GRADUATION CEREMONIES ANNOUNCED FOR AREA HIGH SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

May 25, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- Throughout the month of June, approximately 4,797 students earning a high school diploma from nine comprehensive high schools, two charter high schools and three alternative high schools in the Grossmont Union High School District will be donning caps and gowns for  commencement exercises.  Congratulations, East County graduates!

Following is a schedule of graduation dates, times, locations, listing of valedictorians and salutatoriansby school, and a list of the valedictorians including parent names and communities.

DAVIS COAUTHORS LEGISLATION TO SECURE PELL GRANT PROGRAM AND MAKE COLLEGE MORE AFFORDABLE FOR LOW-INCOME STUDENTS

 

President has called for shifting money out of Pell Grants to fund other non-educational programs

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2017 (San Diego) — Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) along with three other legislators has introduced the Pell Grant Preservation and Expansion Act to help students offset rising costs of college by permanently indexing Pell Grants to inflation. The bill also makes Pell Grant funding mandatory, providing students with security and stability, raises the maximum award for low-income students, and restores eligibility for students who were defrauded.

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