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University of California, Davis Police Lt. John Pike uses pepper spray to move Occupy UC Davis protesters while blocking their exit from the school's quad in Davis, Calif.
The University of California released an update today on the progress of a task force investigating a November incident in which peaceful protesters were pepper sprayed by UC Davis campus police.
Retired California Supreme Cout Justice Cruz Reynoso, who heads the task force sent UC President Mark Yudof a letter dated Wednesday stating that the task force has met five times to review the events of Nov. 18 and plan to delay the Feb. 21 release of their report by at least a week to early March.
The report will outline recommendations for Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi and Yudof on how "improvements to police procedures, command protocols, and campus policies and oversight structures that will help ensure that the rights and safety of nonviolent protestors and the entire campus community are protected."
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Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012. Deasy earlier informed parents at a community meeting that the district is replacing the entire staff of Miramonte Elementary School after the arrests of two teachers on lewd conduct charges.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing wrote Superintendent John Deasy a letter dated Wednesday informing him that the district was posing a "potential risk to student safety" by not filing timely reports required by state regulation when a teacher's employment status changes.
In the case of former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt, accused of spoon-feeding his semen to children, the district did not file paperwork with the commission until nearly a year after it moved to dismiss Berndt.
Nanette Rufo, the commission's director and general counsel, cites the California code of regulations in the letter, which warns Deasy that "failure to make a report required under this section constitutes unprofessional conduct. The Committee may investigate any superintendent who holds a credential who fails to file reports required by this section. (Emphasis added)."
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The Los Angeles Unified School District violated state law by waiting nearly a year to inform the agency that oversees teacher credentials that it had moved to dismiss former Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt accused of spoon-feeding his semen to children.
The state's Commission on Teacher Credentialing suspended Berndt's credential on Jan. 31, the same day he was arrested and charged with 23 counts of lewd conduct on children. But according to the state code of regulations and the education code, the LAUSD should have informed the credentialing commission of Berndt's February 2011 suspension without pay by mid-March of 2011.
The district paid Berndt a $40,000 settlement in June to ensure, it says, that he would no longer work for LAUSD and resign. But with his credential intact, Berndt could have legally obtained employment as a teacher at another district up until January 31.
A transitional kindergarten class in Long Beach serves kids who are about to turn five-years-old at the beginning of the school years. Governor Jerry Brown proposed cutting funding for the classes to start in the fall.
It’s kindergarten sign-up season, the time of the year when school districts open up enrollment and parents fret about walking their child into his or her first public school classroom in the fall.
California has been complicating the process by gradually moving the kindergarten enrollment birthdate while creating new classes for 4-year-olds. Now Gov. Jerry Brown’s threatened to cut the money for this transitional kindergarten just as school districts have begun to get it ready.
To enter kindergarten this fall, kids must be 5 years old by Nov. 1 — and in two years the cutoff date will be Sept. 1. This is due to a growing consensus across the country that four-and-a-half-year-old children should not occupy the same classrooms as 5-year-old kids on the cusp of turning six. Their educational needs are vastly different.
A high school teaching assistant and girls' softball coach will be arraigned today on charges of four felony counts for an inappropriate relationship with an underage student.
Alain Eloym Salas, 40, worked at John C. Fremont Senior High School in Los Angeles and will be arraigned today at Compton Superior Court on three counts of lewd acts upon a child and one count of contact with a minor for a sexual offense.
The alleged victim is a 15-year-old girl. The alleged crimes occurred between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30, 2011.
Salas was arrested Monday and is currently being held without bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Inmate Information Center. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office will recommend his bail be set at $300,000, according to a release.
Salas started working for LAUSD in 1997 and has been at Fremont High since 2006 when he was hired to work there as a teaching assistant in a special education class and also as an assistant girls' softball coach, said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a district spokeswoman. She said the district does not know where Salas worked prior to Fremont High.