Tuesday, February 24, 2009

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Voice of San Diego
Feb. 24, 2009
Schools Tiptoe Toward Including Children with Disabilities
The kindergartner kicked and bit his classmates. He ran around the room, screaming and hitting. His teacher, Melissa Wood, struggled to subdue him and get through the daily lessons at Sandburg Elementary.

Voice of San Diego
February 23, 2009
Unanswered Questions Still Grip Golden Handshake
San Diego Unified is inching closer to an exit bonus that could prod thousands of veteran employees to leave the school district. Known commonly as a golden handshake, it is one in a battery of ideas the school board is weighing to save money in a budget crisis that is estimated to cost San Diego Unified more than $63 million next school year.

Voice of San Diego
Feb. 17, 2009
Inside This Elementary School, Students Face Life, Debt and Taxes
The minimum wage has dropped. New citizens keep arriving in need of work. And the government is still struggling to craft a budget halfway into the year. Politicians chalk up their difficulties to one crucial thing.

February 24, 2009
Local School Background Check Process Questioned
SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Unified School District looks closely at its employees.

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 24, 2009
S.D. school volunteer has molest conviction
Nobody checked music coach's past
SAN DIEGO — San Diego schools officials will review their policies for background checks on volunteers after they learned a 63-year-old sex offender had worked with music students for months.

February 23, 2009
Schools Facing Larger Budget Cuts
San Diego Unified School District trustees are contemplating additional budget cuts.

San Diego Union-Tribune
Feb. 23, 2009
Additional $26.5 million in cuts faces school board
SAN DIEGO — The task of balancing the San Diego school district budget got tougher yesterday when Superintendent Terry Grier told trustees about $26.5 million in cuts that administrators had planned to make without discussion by the board.

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 24, 2009
Silver lining for public works projects
Bargains abound as construction industry falters
The estimated $285 million in federal stimulus money headed to San Diego County comes at a good time for public agencies, which are enjoying greater purchasing power because of lower construction costs.

La Prensa San Diego
February 20, 2009
'Advocacy in a Changing World' is Theme of Next Comienza con un Sueño College Outreach Event for Latino Families
What steps can parents take to become or remain effective advocates for their children's education, especially in light of today's financial crisis which seriously threatens state spending on K-12 education and higher education?

February 24, 2009
Grier Wants to Create Smaller High Schools
San Diego Unified School Superintendent Terry Grier wants smaller high schools. But first he has to convince a wary school board and public. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Feb 23, 2009
Report: Calif. Failing at Sending High School Students to College
City News Service
California ranks 48th in the nation in the percentage of high school seniors who go on to a four-year college the next academic year, according to the annual California Educational Opportunity Report -- involving UCLA researchers -- released today.

Feb 23, 2009
S.D. Unified Contemplating $26.5 Million More in Cuts
San Diego Unified School District trustees are contemplating an additional $26.5 million in cuts in addition to $77.3 million in proposed cuts previously reported.

Jack Brandais
Media Relations
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (desk)
(619) 607-0477 (cell)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

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School Library Journal
February 13, 2009
Mayor 'Cautiously Optimistic' About San Diego's School-Library Plan
The plan to add a 300-student high school to a proposed $185 million central library in downtown San Diego is moving at a snail's pace—and now there's a proposals to waive state building safety codes for public schools rather than spend more money and time on a feasibility study, reports the San Diego Tribune.

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 12, 2009
Short Takes
Money for school lunches may run out, official says
Rules changing for use of schools' Title I funds

January 11, 2009
More Public School Students Enrolled In Meal Programs
SAN DIEGO -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell was in San Diego Wednesday to talk about legislation that would provide $19.5 million in additional funding for subsidized school meals, whose funding could run dry by April.

Also covered by XETV-6, KFMB-8, KSWB-51, XETV-6.

La Jolla Light
Feb 10, 2009
High school students compete in mock trial
The San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), in collaboration with the San Diego Superior Court, and the Constitutional Rights Foundation and with the support of the San Diego District Attorney's Office, organized the 2009 San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition which took place Feb. 4, 5 and 7 at the county courthouse in downtown San Diego.

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 12, 2009
An equal field
Playing soccer against boys as a youngster drives Mission Bay freshman's success
Christina Burkenroad was walking around the Mission Bay High campus when she was noticed by the school's boys soccer coach.

San Diego Union-Tribune
February 13, 2009
Cavers forfeit 2 league contests
By Brent Schrotenboer
The basketball controversy at San Diego High already has cost the team two coaches.

San Diego Business Journal
Februarry 13, 2009
Nonunion Contractors Rally Against Looming Labor Deal
Adopting a project labor agreement would mean more than setting standards for contractors vying for work to be paid for under San Diego city schools' $2.1 billion bond measure, approved Nov. 4.

UCSD Guardian
February 12, 2009
Preuss Named No. 1 Low-Income High School in State
By Sarah de Crescenzo
The Preuss School, a charter middle and high school administered by UCSD in conjunction with the San Diego Unified School District, has been named the "best public high school with an economically disadvantaged population" statewide by BusinessWeek magazine.

Voice of San Diego
February 14, 2009
This Just In
Golden Handshakes for All
Watering the Turf?
Selling the Public Schools

Jack Brandais
Media Relations
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (desk)
(619) 607-0477 (cell)

Clip Report for Feb. 11

San Diego Union-Tribune

February 11, 2009

School Board apologizes to Seeger over 1960 flap


SAN DIEGO: The San Diego school board voted unanimously last night to apologize to folk singer Pete Seeger for an action the district took nearly 50 years ago.


February 11, 2009

SD Unified Says 'No' to JROTC Rifle Training


A group of San Diego teenagers successfully convinced the San Diego Unified school board yesterday to dismantle the district's Junior ROTC air-rifle program. The on-campus program has been training young cadets how to shoot for decades.

San Diego Union-Tribune

February 11, 2009

Millions cut from schools budget; Layoffs, furloughs will not be needed


SAN DIEGO - A divided San Diego school board voted yesterday to slash $33.2 million from this year's budget without issuing layoffs, mandating furloughs or closing campuses.

San Diego Union-Tribune

February 11, 2009

Short Takes: Council members take 5 percent cut in pay; School board removes prayer item from agenda.


SAN DIEGO: The San Diego school board canceled a discussion last night about allowing prayers to open their meetings.

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