With the release July 15 of the last Harry Potter movie in J.K. Rowling’s sensational seven-book series, the media are churning the story with self-generated intensity, showcasing despondent Potter fanatics weeping (some literally) over the grand finale.
Several parents alerted me to an interesting situation at Carmel Valley Middle School, where a handful of eighth-grade students are choosing (or, in some cases, their parents are choosing for them) to repeat eighth grade, even though they have passed (or, in some cases, passed with honors) their classes.
Although I had no intention of ever writing another column about the Sharon McClain vs. Del Mar Union School District lawsuit, my curiosity about how much money the district was spending to defend itself against her charges got the better of me.
As teachers’ unions across the state geared up for the “State of Emergency Week of Action” May 9 to 13 to protest state cuts in education funding, local parent Michael Robertson was fighting a different sort of battle.
Robertson charged that the Del Mar Union School District misused public resources – including telecommunications equipment, computer servers, school property, supplies, copiers and school databases – to improperly advocate for political positions.
The case of former Del Mar Union School District superintendent Sharon McClain, who was hired in September 2008 and released March 31, 2010, vs. the DMUSD is moving along, with a hearing heard May 6 and one coming up May 20.
All the recent media coverage on bullying reminded me of several lectures I attended a few years ago by a UCLA psychology professor whose area of expertise is young adolescent peer relationships and school adjustment. Her lectures focused on bullying, peer group conformity among young teens, and middle school.
In a recent column, it was reported that the Del Mar Union School District was diverting state money for its Gifted and Talented Education program to other district needs, but confusion has since arisen.
A report issued Feb. 24 by the First Amendment rights group Californians Aware audited the responsiveness of school districts that were asked for records of their most recent out-of-court settlement agreements. The point was not necessarily to review the material but to examine how transparent and responsive each public agency is.
Mar 17, 2011 | Posted in Education Matters
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Continuing with last week’s theme, more briefs have accumulated that are educationally noteworthy, mostly having to do with the frightful decimation of the education budget in Sacramento.
Cuts for education
Mar 10, 2011 | Posted in Education Matters
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An accumulation of odds and ends have been stacking up in the last few weeks, so below is an educational potpourri on matters affecting local school districts.