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JUDGE RULES IN ALPINE’S FAVOR ON HIGH SCHOOL FUNDING

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 23, 2015 (Alpine) – The Grossmont Union High School District must set aside $14 million in bond money immediately and another $28 million by January 2016 to fund building a high school in Alpine. Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman issued the ruling Thursday, granting an injunction sought by Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability.

Priscilla Schreiber, the only member of the Grossmont Board who has consistently supported building the high school in Alpine, told East County Magazine, “I’m thrilled.” 

But a statement from the district claims that other schools in the district will not get needed improvements due to the court’s decision.  The district indicates it will be back in court January 28 filing for a stay in hopes of halting the injunction.

2 SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY COLLEGES CHOSEN FOR 1ST EVER OFFERING OF 4-YEAR DEGREES

 

January 21, 2015 (San Diego)--Community colleges will enter a whole new world as 15 of them begin offering four-year degree programs under legislation authored by Senator Marty Block (D-39).

TENTATIVE VICTORY FOR ALPINE IN LAWSUIT OVER FUNDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL

 

East County News Service

January 21, 2015 (Alpine)—Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman has submitted a preliminary ruling ordering the Grossmont Union High School District to set aside bond funds for construction of a new high school in Alpine. 

The judge sent his ruling to attorneys for the district and to Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability, which sought the injunction to protect taxpayer money approved for the high school.

LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONSIDER BOARD APPOINTMENT

January 20, 2015 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District Board meets this evening at 7:00 p.m., and will consider candidates to fill a vacancy on the Board resulting from former Board Member Bill Baber’s election to La Mesa City Council.

Each Board member will select two candidates tonight, that will go on to a final interview on January 27. Applications for each candidate  can be viewed online here: Jerry AndersonStephen BabbittJohn Greenwell John HiltonRebecca Pollack-RudeJay Steiger.

FBI WARNS OF FICTITIOUS 'WORK-FROM-HOME' SCAM TARGETING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS-AND INVOLVING STUDENTS IN CRIMES

 

January 15, 2015 (San Diego)—The FBI has issued a warning that college students across the United States have been targeted to participate in work-from-home scams that can involve students in criminal activities. Students have been receiving e-mails to their school accounts recruiting them for payroll and/or human resource positions with fictitious companies. The “position” simply requires the student to provide his/her bank account number to receive a deposit and then transfer part of the funds to another bank account. Unbeknownst to the student, the other account is involved in the scam that the student has now helped perpetrate. The funds the student receives and is directed elsewhere have been stolen by cyber criminals. Participating in the scam is a crime and could lead to the student’s bank account being closed due to fraudulent activity or federal charges.

2 SCHOOLS TO BE SOLD, INCLUDING SITE OF INFAMOUS SHOOTING

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego Unified School District’s Board has voted to sell the former Cleveland Elementary School campus site in San Carlos where student Brenda Spencer shot and killed the principal and custodian back in 1979, also injuring eight more including a police officer in America’s first school shooting. At the time she reportedly stated she committed the shootings because "I  just did it for the fun of it. I don't like Mondays," according to the San Diego Police Museum account of Spencer and her crimes  Spencer later said she committed the crimes because she wanted to die, the Daily Beast reported years later.  She remains in prison and won’t be eligible for a parole hearing until 2019.

LOCAL STUDENT ACHIEVES TOP ACT SCORE

 

January 10, 2015 (La Mesa)--Spencer McCall, a senior at Helix Charter High School and son of Drs. Michael and Madhavi McCall of La Mesa, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

BILLS BY SAN DIEGO’S SENATOR BLOCK BECOME LAW IN JANUARY

 

Senator’s 2015 agenda includes stopping UC tuition hikes

By Miriam Raftery

January 1, 2015 (San Diego) – Four bills by State Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) become law today.  Two aim to protect the elderly in residential care facilities, a second will protect victims of human trafficking and save the state money by consolidating trials from multiple jurisdictions, and a fourth will speed up testing of beach water quality.

One of his top goals for 2015 will be to keep higher education “accessible and affordable for all of California’s students.”  Block and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León recently introduced SB 15 which would eliminate tuition increases for the University of California system and provide substantially greater support to all of the state’s public education institutions.

ALPINE HAS ITS DAY IN COURT-- AND A CHANGE OF HEART FROM GUHSD BOARD MEMBER STIERINGER

 

East County News Service

December 25, 2014 (Alpine)—There are two major new developments in the battle over a high school for Alpine.  At the December 11 meeting of the Grossmont Union High School District, trustee Jim Stieringer stunned fellow board members by announcing his support for unification—the effort by Alpine parents to break from the GUHSD and unify Alpine Union School District (AUDS) to include K-12 grades, so that it can build the high school that the GUHSD has failed to build.

FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS ARE GROWING, SECOND ANNUAL "STATE OF FARM TO SCHOOL" REPORT REVEALS

 

School districts generate returns for San Diego County’s health and economy

December 19, 2014 (San Diego)--Farm to school practices are on the rise in San Diego County school districts, according to the 2014 State of Farm to School in San Diego County (State of F2S) released today by Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP). All 42 San Diego County school districts participated in this year’s survey providing a comprehensive assessment of school food procurement and F2S activities in San Diego County and perhaps the most comprehensive assessment of a county’s school food procurement in the United States. Among the 24 districts that participated in last year's survey, 20 reported engagement in farm to school compared to 15 in 2013. Overall, 31 San Diego County districts are engaged in at least one of 18 farm to school activities measured for in the report.

SDSU FRAT SHUT DOWN OVER HARASSMENT AND HAZING COMPLAINTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 18,2014 (San Diego) – The Delta Sigma Phi fraternity at San Diego State University has been shut down for disciplinary action and will remain closed until at least fall of 2016. Additionally, individuals involved in the harassment policy violation will be subject to a Title IX policy investigation and a student code of conduct policy violation investigation.

San Diego State University’s Division of Student Affairs has announced the disciplinary action due to consistent pattern of policy violations including harassment of  women participating in a Take Back the Night March on Friday, November 21st as well as serious hazing and alcohol misconduct issues.

SDSU GREEK COMMUNITY DETAILS STEPS FOR SEXUAL VIOLENCE EDUCATION

 

All fraternity and sorority members will undergo training and then organize and participate in sexual violence education events and activities

December 16, 2014 (San Diego)--The leaders of the San Diego State University Greek community today announced proactive steps their organizations will be taking to address the issue of sexual assault on the SDSU campus. With support from the division of Student Affairs, all members of the Greek community will undergo a series of trainings, participate in a number of educational events and continue to take part in campus dialogues about this important issue, says Beth Chu, community relations director for SDSU.

BILL GARRETT RETURNING AS GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD PRESIDENT IN 2015

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December 12, 2014 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Governing Board has unanimously selected Bill Garrett to serve an eighth straight year as president, while Mary Kay Rosinski was picked as vice president and Greg Barr as board clerk for 2015. Garrett has served since 2008 as board president for the East County district, which enrolls about 30,0000 students at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, in addition to the district’s Continuing Education and Workforce Training program.. The Governing Board meeting got under way Tuesday with Garrett giving the oath of office to trustees Barr, Debbie Justeson and Edwin Hiel, who ran unopposed in the November election.

VACANCY ON LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY SCHOOL BOARD

 

East County News Service

December 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is accepting applications now through January 12th to fill the vacancy left by former trustee Bill Baber. Baber won election to La Mesa’s City Council.

ARREST MADE IN COLLEGE AREA RAPE

 

East County News Service

December 8, 2014 (San Diego) – A San Diego State University student is under arrest for a sexual assault reported yesterday at 5074 College Avenue adjacent to the SDSU campus.

Fransisco Paiva Sousa is charged with oral copulation by force and false imprisonment with force.

LEGAL WRANGLING CONTINUES IN ALPINE SUIT AGAINST GROSSMONT DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 7, 2014 (Alpine)—The Alpine Tavern & Grill hosts an “Injunction Function” last week, donating 20% of the evening’s proceeds to help fund a lawsuit against the Grossmont Union High School District over its failure to build an Alpine High School despite two bond measures approved by voters.

SENATE AND ASSEMBLY LEADERS ANNOUNCE PLANS TO HALT UC TUITION HIKES FOR CALIFORNIA STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (Sacramento)—Today Senate Democrats announced a plan to prevent a tuition hike approved by University of California Regents from taking effect for California students. However out-of-state students’ tuitions would increase by 17 percent. 

The plan follows an earlier proposal by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego). The two plans have similarities, but also differences in their approaches.

CAMPUS CHILD CARE DECLINING DESPITE GROWING NUMBERS OF COLLEGE STUDENTS RAISING CHILDREN

 

Source: Institute for Women's Policy Research

December 3, 2014 (Washington D.C.) While the number of college students with dependent children has been growing, and more than one in four college students (4.8 million undergraduate students) in the United States are raising children, campus-based child care has been declining, according to new analysis by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Campus child care has decreased most dramatically at community colleges—where nearly half (45 percent) of all students with children are enrolled. Less than half of all 2-year institutions offer campus child care services. The proportion of community colleges with child care on campus declined from a high of 53 percent in 2003-2004, to 46 percent in 2013. IWPR’s analysis is based on 2013 data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

SDSU RESPONDS TO SEXUAL ASSAULT INQUIRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 2, 2014 (San Diego) – Last week, we reported that fraternities at San Diego State University have suspended social activities indefinitely due to allegations of sexual harassment and multiple alleged sexual assaults,  including some at frat houses. There have been 7 reported sexual assaults on campus in the fall semester and 14 this calendar year year.

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES SUSPENDED AT FRATERNITES ON SDSU FOLLOWING SEXUAL ASSAULTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 25, 2014 (San Diego) -- Today, San Diego State University has issued a statement indicating that fraternities  on campus are suspending all activities indefinitely due to recent sexual assaults on campus, including a rape at a frat house over the weekend--the seventh sexual assault on campus since the fall semester began.  Leaders of the Greek groups on campus pledged that they will “immediately take proactive steps toward addressing this extremely serious issue and the Greek community's role in it."

STUDENTS DECRY "RAPE CULTURE" AT SDSU AFTER NUMEROUS RAPES THIS YEAR; CALL FOR FRATERNITIES TO BE CLOSED

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 24, 2014  (San Diego) Updated November 25, 2014—A group calling itself “Concerned students of San Diego State University” has sent a letter to SDSU’s president, state legislators and Governor Jerry Brown urging an end to “rape culture.”

There have been at least seven reported rapes on campus in the fall 2014 semester, including five at fraternities, but no one has been arrested in any of those cases.

LAWSUIT AGAINST GUHSD OVER FUNDS FOR ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL TO BE HEARD IN COURT DEC. 5

 

East County News Service

November 22, 2014 Alpine) – Alpine Union School District (AUSD) and the Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability are seeking an injunction to stop the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) from spending money that plaintiffs contend should be set aside to build a high school in Alpine.  The case will be heard on December 5 at 1:30 p.m. in San Diego Superior Court, Dept. C-66 by Judge Joel Pressman.   View the lawsuit here.

The suit contends that the Grossmont district is “unlawfully wasting school bond revenues approved by the voters for an Alpine high school” by spending the money from Prop H or U on other unauthorized projects.  However the Alpine plaintiffs seek only to block bond fund use on any new or future construction projects – not interrupt any pending or contracted for construction projects.

JIMMIE JOHNSON CHAMPIONS GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL SCHOOLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 20, 2014 (El Cajon)--Once again, six-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has proven himself to be a hero for education in his hometown, El Cajon.

The Jimmie Johnson Foundation/Lowe’s Toolbox for Education has awarded $556,623 in grants for 2014—including grants to three schools in the Grossmont Union High School District.  The local grants include

  • Chaparral High School - $29,482 to create a computer lab that will augment the program at Chaparral through the use of online learning and digital arts instruction.
  • El Capitan High School - $23,000 to purchase new laptops for teachers so they can be better equipped to use digital/paperless resources and to teach students how to use the online resources and apps available to them.
  • Grossmont High School - $80,458 to integrate technology and foster collaboration and making connections between the arts and core academic classes.

Other grants went to schools in North Carolina, Okalahoma, and to Loma Portal Elementary School in San Diego.

UC REGENTS APPROVE 25% TUITION HIKE OVER 5 YEARS UNLESS STATE BOOSTS FUNDING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2014 (San Francisco)—Ignoring protests from students, opposition from the Governor and legislative leaders, University of California’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve Tuition hikes.  The increase will be 5 percent a year over the next five years – 25 percent total—at all UC campuses .  For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition will be $12,804 and by 2019, students will be forced to pay $15,000 a year in tuition.

Some Regents indicated that if that state increases funding, they would vote to reduce tuitions. 

Assembly  Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)  has pledged to introduce a measure to boost funding for the UC system.  She had urged the Regents to reject any tuition or fee hikes. Atkins, an ex-officio Regent with voting rights, called the fee hikes “unacceptable” adding, “California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already.”

PROTESTS MOUNT AGAINST UC TUITION HIKES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2014 (San Diego)—Students staged sit-ins at all 10 University of California campuses statewide Tuesday to protest a new tuition hike that regents are expected to vote on this on Wednesday, November 19th.  If the 5% increase a year over the next five years is approved, tuitions will have tripled since 2005.

Already, the average student is graduating with $26,000 in debts—and many have not found jobs in today’s challenging economy.

The tuition hike is supported by UC President Janet Napolitano, who cites cuts in state funding to support the UC system as the primary reason why she believes tuitions need to rise.

But Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson, who sits on the Board of Regents for the UC system, has denounced the proposed rate hike and has launched a petition to oppose it. You can sign the petition here: http://www.gavinnewsom.com/petition/stop-tuition-increases/

WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE AT SDSU AIMS TO INSPIRE COUNSELORS TO HELP STUDENTS ATTAIN COLLEGE DEGREES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2014 (San Diego)--First Lady Michelle Obama gave a video welcoming message at a White House-sponsored conference designed to help high school counselors motivate more students to get college degrees.  A similar event was recently held at Harvard University.

The First Lady told those present, “I know that if we truly want to help our young people reach their college dreams, we need to support our school counselors. Our young people have so much potential, and they need someone in their lives who (believe) in them, and who can show them the steps they need to take to get to college.”

SDSU AGAIN AMONG BEST FOR VETS

 

SDSU is ranked No. 38 in the nation in Military Times’ Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 ranking.

November 11, 2014 (San Diego)-- Just in time for Veterans Day, Military Times has released their annual Best for Vets College rankings and San Diego State University is once again in the top 50.

EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD RESULTS: WARNER SPRINGS AND RAMONA RACES STILL TOO CLOSE TO CALL

 

By Janis Russell and Miriam Raftery

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A week after the election with 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots remaining to be counted countywide, two East County race remain too close to call.

SPLIT RESULTS ON EAST COUNTY SCHOOL BONDS

 

By Janis Russell

November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)-  Cajon Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, and Ramona’s school districts  all had school bond measures on the ballot. Each bond measure needed 55% of the votes to pass.  Lemon Grove’s school bond passed by a healthy margin.  Lakeside’s school bond narrowly won approval.  Cajon Valley and Ramona’s bonds appear to have failed by slim margins, though the Registrar of voters still has about 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots countywide left to count.  Below are details.

JROTC CADETS AT MOUNT MIGUEL & GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOLS HONOR VETERANS IN SERIES OF EVENTS

 

November 4, 2014 (Spring Valley)--Veterans were remembered with honor on the morning of Monday, November 3, as the JROTC Program at Mount Miguel High School held its 25th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony. Principal Steve Coover and retired JROTC Instructor Major John Bachmann were joined by parents and staff who witnessed the ceremony as more than 200 JROTC Cadets honored military personnel who have served our country throughout history.

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