Miramonte Elementary School
More than half of the 85 Miramonte Elementary School teachers removed from their classrooms will have to apply to teach at a new campus in the fall when the South L.A. school reopens slightly smaller and moves off its year-round calendar.
Miramonte's entire staff was removed and placed at the unopened Augustus F. Hawkins High School in February after two teachers were arrested on charges of lewd conduct with students in separate cases. As investigations come to a close, L.A. Unified Superintendent John Deasy said "cleared" teachers will be able to return to teaching.
But because of the district's longtime effort to transition schools off a year-round calendar, several hundred of Miramonte Elementary School's students will instead be transferred to South Region Elementary School #12 in the fall based on where they live.
DEA agents at work.
The Associated Students of UC San Diego has unanimously approved a resolution denouncing the incident in which an engineering student was forgotten by DEA agents in a cell without food, water or a toilet for five days.
The measure, which was approved Wednesday, asks the university's chancellor Marye Ann Fox to take a stance on the issue; it will be voted on by the university's six colleges this week and next, said Angad Walia, a senior at UC San Diego who helped draft the resolution. Walia is the Southern California State Chair for the student organization Young Americans for Liberty.
The news of engineering student Daniel Chong's detainment broke last week, during the university's midterm season, and took most students by surprise, Walia said.
"We wanted to get the word out this has actually happened," Walia said. "Although it has happened on our campus, a majority of the school doesn't know about it. It's important our student body in general stand up against the mistreatment of one of our students.
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Students protest education cuts in California.
The California Community Colleges governing board discussed today the possibility of a a system-wide policy change that would limit students from repeating certain courses they have been successfully completed.
The change is part of an effort to better allocate already meager state funds after years of severe budget cuts and allow more students the opportunity to take courses that will help them graduate, gain a certificate, or transfer, according to system spokesman Paul Feist.
The board will be accepting public comment for 45 days. Input can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 916-322-9030 by 5 p.m. June 15.
The Board of Governors will hear the second reading of the proposed policy and vote on it in July. If it passes it will go into effect for fall 2013.
Faculty union members protest at Cal State Dominguez Hills. California State University trustees plan to revisit one of their most contentious issues this week: how much to pay campus presidents.
At their meeting in Long Beach on Tuesday and Wednesday, California State University trustees are revisiting one of their most contentious issues: How much to pay campus presidents.
Criticism rained on Cal State trustees last year when they approved a $400,000 a year salary for San Diego State’s new president. That would be $100,000 more than his predecessor.
Three months ago, Cal State trustees approved a 10 percent cap on increases to new presidents’ salaries. The university’s faculty union and a state legislator have since said that was too much.
The proposal would pay a new campus president the same as the outgoing president but would allow supplemental salary from university foundations funds. That money is separate from state funding.
The California Faculty Association said trustees are obsessed with paying campus presidents high salaries. Foundation funds, the union said, should go to scholarships instead.
California Community Colleges Chancellor Jack Scott, told lawmakers that budget cuts to the community colleges, have increased class size and made it more difficult for students to get into classes while appearing before a joint Legislative hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday, Dec. 7, 2009.
The California Community Colleges governing board will examine a new system-wide policy change Monday that would limit students from being able to repeat certain courses, primarily in arts and physical education, after their successful completion, as part of an effort to better allocate already meager state funds.
"Some students enroll in community colleges and take PE class or tennis, three times in a row," said Paul Feist, a spokesman for the California Community Colleges' Chancellor's Office. "In this age of budget cuts, where we've been forced to ration education, it just seems like there's a better use of state funding for courses that are more lined up with students' needs for certificates, degrees and transfers."
Under the new policy, colleges would be allowed to claim the portion of state funds for these courses only once for each student. The change in policy would affect roughly 2.6 million students at 112 campuses statewide in what is the world's largest system of higher education.