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August 15, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
The Hesperia Unified School District is adopting policies to support gay and lesbian students after members of a Sultana High campus club alleged they were being harassed and bullied, a legal group said Thursday. In March, the ACLU Foundation of Southern California and the law firm Nixon Peabody LLP sent a letter to the San Bernardino County school system demanding that it cease the alleged censoring of activities of the Gay Straight Alliance and discriminating against lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer/questioning (LBGTQ)
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August 15, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Beverly Hills school district will conduct an independent review of its relationship with a for-profit summer sports camp for Beverly Hills High School athletes that is owned by the school's principal. The review was in response to an article in The Times that found the Beverly Hills Sports Academy, held on campus, is owned by Principal Carter Paysinger and operated by two other school employees. Parents say they were led to believe that the academy was a school-sanctioned mandatory camp for athletes and that fees would help fund sports teams.
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August 11, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
As schools across Southern California prepare to open, teachers, parents and students will find increased security on their campuses, including surveillance cameras, more safety patrols, revised lockdown measures and fewer open gates. After the Newtown, Conn., tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, where 20 students and six educators were killed, new safety efforts swept through school districts. President Obama called on administrators and law enforcement officials to reevaluate emergency procedures.
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August 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - Two hearing-impaired teenagers received another chance to pursue lawsuits against their Southern California school districts Tuesday for transcription services for classes. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decided unanimously that lower courts had misapplied the law in ruling for the school districts and returned the cases to district judges for reconsideration. K.M., a student in the Tustin Unified School District in Orange County, and D.H., a student in the Poway Unified School District in San Diego County, sued after they said they were denied a trained stenographer to provide real-time captioning of conversations on computer monitors.
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August 6, 2013 | By Howard Blume
The Los Angeles Unified School District, and seven others in California, will have more freedom to spend millions of federal dollars, create new ways to evaluate teachers and schools and replace restrictive testing and other rules, under a groundbreaking agreement announced Tuesday. The eight school systems are the first in the country to win such rights based on a direct appeal to the U.S. Department of Education. Previously, the department would consider exemptions to the No Child Left Behind law only if state governments applied.
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July 30, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday invited districts nationwide to begin applying for the latest batch of high-profile federal school-reform grants. Individual school districts will be able to seek about $120 million in “Race to the Top” federal funds. The four-year awards will range from $4 million to $30 million, depending on the population of students served. The Department of Education is expecting to make 15 to 25 awards. “The Race to the Top-District competition is an opportunity for trailblazing districts across the country to implement models of personalized learning so that every child graduates college- and career-ready,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in a statement.
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July 24, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
The Arcadia Unified School District and the U.S. Department of Education have reached an agreement to end an investigation into allegations of discrimination against a transgender student, officials said Wednesday. The resolution, which the Arcadia school board passed unanimously Tuesday, closes an investigation by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights into whether the district prohibited a student, who was born female but identifies as a male, from accessing boys restrooms and locker rooms because he is transgender.
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July 8, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Redlands school district officials waited six weeks to tell police about allegations of a sexual relationship between a teenage student and a teacher who later gave birth to his baby, according to court records. The Redlands Police Department said in a search warrant that school officials appeared to ignore state law, which requires educators to immediately report abuse allegations to authorities. The teacher, Laura Elizabeth Whitehurst, was charged Monday with multiple sex crimes involving three boys who were her students.
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July 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
In his 40-year career in education, Don Brann has led districts big and small, created a chain of charter schools and revitalized faltering school systems. But he has never come across a district in such dire straits as his next challenge - Inglewood Unified School District. "I don't think anyone has," he said. "This is an extraordinary situation. " Last week Brann took the helm of the financially troubled school system - one that has been taken over by the state, must bridge a massive deficit and prepare to begin paying back a $55-million state loan, while also staving off plummeting enrollment.
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July 1, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown ushered in the most sweeping changes to the way California funds its public schools in 25 years on Monday, signing into law a new funding formula that was the centerpiece of his legislative agenda for the year.  Schools that serve low-income students and non-native English speakers will receive more money under the formula, while all school districts will be given new flexibility in how they spend the funds they receive...
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