education

READER'S EDITORIAL: GUHSD BOUNDARY CHANGES ARE EQUITABLE AND PROCESS WAS FAIR

 
By Doug Deane, Chair, 2011 GUHSD Boundary Committee

 
January 16, 2012 (San Diego East County) -- I’m writing this in response to residents of the GUHSD who believe that they were not given adequate notification of changes recommended by the 2011 Boundary Committee.  I was Chair of that committee.  I’d like to make it clear that I speak only for myself.  The opinions stated below are mine only, and are not necessarily the opinion of the GUHSD, its Trustees or its administrative staff.

 

READER’S EDITORIAL: VOICE YOUR CHOICE FOR THE FUTURE OF SAN DIEGO TODAY!

 
By Lori Holt Pfeiler, Associate Vice President of Our Greater San Diego Vision

 
January 11, 2012 (San Diego)--Right now San Diegans have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan for this region’s future.  We can weigh in on our priorities, hopes and concerns for this wonderful place, and become part of a collective vision and action plan for the future at www.ShowYourLoveSD.org. 

EAST COUNTY NEWSMAKERS OF THE YEAR 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 
January 5, 2012 (San Diego's East County) -- Who were the movers and shakers in East County and San Diego’s inland regions during the past year? 
 
Below, we bring you our picks in the fields of agriculture, arts, business, community activism, education, fire safety, heroes, humanitarians, labor, notorious newsmakers, politics, sports, tribal leadership, and veterans’ issues.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON SPOTLIGHTS NEW YOUTH LAWS FOR 2012


December 29, 2011 (Sacramento)—As Californians close out 2011 and welcome in the New Year, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson highlights some of the new education and child safety laws that go into effect in 2012.

“Our goal for the new year and every year is to make education accessible and effective for all children,” said Torlakson. “These new laws will help ensure children are safer, enter kindergarten at the appropriate age, learn what they need to know to succeed in life and careers, and fulfill the dream of a college education.”

READER’S EDITORIAL: 21st CENTURY EDUCATION—THE NEED FOR INNOVATION

 
By Bill Weaver                             

September 12, 2011 (Alpine)--I would like to thank our Alpine Union School District for its pursuit of 21st century education reforms it seeks in serving our East County's local youngest students.  On the AUSD website (www.alpineschooldistrict.net) they describe this in detail.


What the  AUSD calls its "revisioning", is a process for managing its innovation. Experts state that fewer than 2% of all organizations actually have systems in place to successfully manage innovation processes. This buzzword is found in many strategic plans, however the 2% factor highlights the large percentage of these organizations that will fail at innovation leadership, because they lack a proper management plan.
 The Grossmont Union HS Districts’ recent decision to delay building the Alpine and Blossom Valley area new high school (HS12) is a prime example.

eLEARNING COMPANY OFFERS FREE SAT PREP COURSE

 

 

July 1, 2011 San Diego) – After creating course material guaranteed to improve SAT scores, B Line Test Prep is now offering its eLearning services for free to all students.  The free SAT prep course is part of B Line Test Prep’s initiative to give back to the community, specifically to ensure everyone, no matter their socioeconomic background, has access to an SAT prep course.  
   

 

UNITED WAY OF SAN DIEGO COUNTY “VOICES FOR THE COMMON GOOD” REPORT FINDINGS ISSUED

 

Lack of reading proficiency in local students raises concerns

May 20, 2011 (San Diego) – If we improve schools, we improve communities. If we improve communities, we improve schools.

 

These are key findings in United Way of San Diego County’s education report released May 14. Titled “Voices for the Common Good: San Diego Speaks Out on Education,” the report is a comprehensive compilation of everyday San Diegans’ opinions and aspirations for their communities, for education and the challenges they see in helping our children reach their full potential.

ASSEMBLY HIGHER EDUCATION CHAIR MARTY BLOCK ISSUES STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR'S MAY REVISED BUDGET

 

May 17, 2011 (Sacramento) Assembly Higher Education Chair Marty Block (AD-78) issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown’s May Revise budget proposal: 

 

“Governor Brown’s May Revise is a responsible roadmap with a long-term vision that preserves education funding and provides hiring incentives to get people back to the workplace – two critical components to maintaining our economic recovery. Given the remaining deficit and difficult choices before us, I am encouraged to see this plan provides funding for K-12 education and community colleges. An otherwise all-cuts budget proposal would have caused unprecedented damage to our public colleges and universities, already grappling with deep cuts that will undoubtedly impact access and affordability."

 

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES - MARCH 8, 2011

By Doug Deane

 

March 8, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

 Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include:

 

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES

 

February 22, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.
 

Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include:

TEACHERS URGE PUBLIC: WEAR A PINK HEART TODAY TO SHOW SOME LOVE FOR EDUCATION

Teachers call for "pink hearts, not pink slips"

February 14, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) -- The American Federation of Teachers is asking people to wear a pink heart today, Valentine’s Day, to show support for public education.

DEANE’S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES

 

By Doug Deane 

February 6, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include:

DEANE'S LIST: EDUCATION NEWS NOTES

 

January 20, 2011 (San Diego's East County)--The following local, state and national education news items are excerpted from a very informative e-newsletter published by Doug Deane, chair of the Business Education Committee at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce.

 

Our picks for Deane’s top education stories from the latest issue include: 

RURAL PARENTS SAY PRINCIPAL EXCHANGE WILL HURT LOCAL SCHOOLS AND SPANISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS

 

By Billie Jo Jannen
For East County Magazine

 

September 22, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) -- The principals of Campo and Potrero elementary schools in Mountain Empire Unified School District were reassigned by the superintendent without warning on Sept. 9; shocked parents were issued hasty letters of explanation five days later.

 

Campo Principal Diane Yops was informed that she was being removed. A janitor was dispatched to collect her keys and, in the presence of parents and staff members, moved her office items to Potrero Elementary. There, the non-Spanish speaking educator will supervise a student body that is mostly made up of native Spanish speakers. Witnesses said she was forbidden to speak to anyone at the time of her removal.

STATE’S TOP EDUCATION LEADERS RESIGN IN PROTEST OF CA CHAMBER ENDORSING WHITMAN

THE WILL POWER REPORT: WHAT ARE SCHOOLS FOR?

Nothing but the Truth!
 

By Will Power

September 4, 2010 (San Diego) -- The goal of public education in the United States used to be a "liberal" education. That meant skill in reading and writing and arithmetic, a smattering of history and poetry, a small acquaintance with classical literature, and a free, independent, and enquiring mind.

BLOCK WARNS BUDGET STALEMATE WILL HARM COLLEGE STUDENTS

 

Amid budget gridlock, Governor proposes taxing services statewide

August 25, 2010 (Sacramento) – Assemblyman Marty Block (D-Lemon Grove) today warned that while the budget is stalled in the Legislature, students cannot receive the funds distributed through the Cal Grants program.

MEASURE SIGNED BY PRESIDENT INCREASES COLLEGE ACCESS & AFFORDABILITY

  

Raises Pell Grants, eases loan repayments, & funds community colleges

Changes paid for by eliminating $68 billion in fees to banks

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Most Americans don’t realize that the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act signed into law on March 30th by President Barack Obama affects more than the health care industry.  It also brings sweeping change to the federal student loan program. Obama termed this “one of the most significant investments in higher education since the G.I. Bill.”

Under the new law, the federal government will stop paying fees to private banks to act as middlemen on loans to students. The measure will save the U.S. government nearly $68 million over the next 11 years—money that will be invested in more Pell Grants made directly to students.  The new law will also make it easier for students to repay loans after graduating. In addition, $2 billion will be invested in community colleges for education and career training programs.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT FACES PAINFUL BUDGET CUTS

 

January 28, 2008 (El Cajon) – “Tonight is a most difficult meeting,” GUHSD Superintendent Bob Collins told those present this evening at a special governing board budget workshop. Citing funding cuts from the state plaguing school districts throughout the state, he warned of a growing budget gap.

 

“The current district surplus will be fully consumed in solving this crisis—and it will not be enough.” He predicted, “It will be gone by the end of the year—and things are going to get worse.”

LEGISLATURE GRAPPLES TO QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL “RACE TO THE TOP” FUNDS FOR EDUCATION

 

State's schools, once top in nation, now rank at bottom as budget cuts ravage K-12 and higher education

By Miriam Raftery

December 23, 2009 (Sacramento) – The Obama administration has challenged states to compete for federal “Race to the Top” (RTT) education funds aimed at improving under-performing K-12 schools. California is eligible for $300-$700 million of those funds—provided the Legislature and Governor can agree on changing state laws by January 19, 2010 to qualify for the funding.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY BOARD NIXES AIRING OBAMA’S LIVE NATIONAL ADDRESS TO SCHOOLS; CENSORSHIP SPARKS OUTRAGE, CALL TO REPLACE BOARD MEMBERS

 
 As Controversy Grows, Ex-First Lady Laura Bush Defends Presidential Address to Students

by Gayle Early

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