By Miriam Raftery
September 2, 2014 (Sacramento)--One in five students nationwide is a victim of sexual assault, Increasingly, campuses across America are facing criticism for not doing enough to protect students from sexual assault.
Caption: Head of School Kevin Yaley (left) and San Diego River Park Foundation Trustee Jim Dawe with Parker graduate Marly Isler, signing her booklets. Photo Courtesy of Francis Parker School / Ken Stone
August 27, 2014 (San Diego)-- The San Diego River has stories to tell — if you know where to find them. A booklet by Francis Parker School graduate Marly Isler fills the bill. And it's easy to find.
SAN DIEGO (August 25, 2014) — San Diego State University students are welcomed back this fall with new leadership, changing buildings, accomplished returning and 54 new faculty and a multitude of new majors and classes, which will enhance the student experience.
GROSSMONT LEARNS A LESSON: COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION VOTES TO SUPPORT UNIFICATION OF ALPINE DISTRICT
View a video of the complete San Diego County Board of Education meeting on the unification plan: http://stream.sdcoe.net/wc/boardmeeting081314/
By Miriam Raftery and Bill Weaver
August 17, 2014 (Alpine)--The County Board of Education provided a learning experience Wednesday to the Grossmont Union High School District: If you ignore the will of voters and spend off bond money slated for a new Alpine high school on other projects, there are consequences.
Report finds 3 East County schools among state’s worst for educating English learners
By Miriam Raftery and Sharon Penny
Updated August 14, 2014 to include a response from the GUHSD
August 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -A quarter of all school districts in California are failing to educate many children who don’t speak English, according to figures obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union on the Department of Education’s website.
County News Service
August 17, 2014 (San Diego)--OK, it’s back-to-school time, Let’s start off with a little math review.
August 11, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - A ribbon cutting ceremonyh will be held for the grand opening of El Capitan High School's new physical education building on Friday, August 29 at 1 p.m.
Project amenities for the new 18,405-square-foot building include boys and girls locker rooms, showers, wrestling/aerobics room, fitness/weight room, team rooms, training room and coaches offices. Site upgrades include: demolition of the older locker room building, replacement of new exterior basketball courts, multiple shade structures for outdoor fitness and a new sand volleyball court. See attached invitation.
By Miriam Raftery
August 10, 2014 (San Diego) - It’s back to school time at San Diego State University, which is welcoming 4,600 incoming freshmen and 2,800 transfer students. Orientation events greeted the newcomers, along with over 5,000 parents and guests, with information on class registration and degree requirements, tips for success--and the SDSU Fight Song.
DEADLINE FRIDAY TO FILE AND RUN FOR MOST LOCAL OFFICES: GUHSD LACKS FULL SLATE OF CHALLENGERS FOR SCHOOL BOARD POSITIONS
Hear our interview with GUHSD member Priscilla Schreiber and Nick Marinovich, who says he was pressured to resign off the district's Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, on why they want to see new candidates step forward to run for the board: http://kiwi6.com/file/1fth2nlrky
By Miriam Raftery
August 7, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Tomorrow, August 8 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to file for running for most local offices in East County--though if an incumbent opts not to file for reelection, that deadline can be extended for several more days.
Some local districts don't have enough people running to fill the seats--including the Grossmont Union High School District, where at last check only two challengers have filed for three seats, despite controversy including a Grand Jury admonishment. One of those challengers, Dr. Gary Woods, opposes a high school for Alpine and was previously voted out; his election would solidify the anti-Alpine high school majority on the board. (Note: incumbent Dick Hoy has said he won't seek reelection, thus this filing deadline will likely be extended.)
Alpine's Community Planning Group has just 5 candidates so for to fill 7 seats.
These are just two examples of a race where the balance of power could shift--or not--depending on which candidates if any step forward to run.
Local seats on the November ballot include school boards, planning groups, water boards, fire boards, mayor and city councils across East County. Currently a numberof these positions have no candidates filed to run, or only one candidate, leaving voters without a choice.
August 6, 2014 (San Diego) – It’s back to school time—and Check Center locations around San Diego County will give away free backpacks and school supplies to the first 250 children who stop by on Saturday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This includes an East County location at 1090 East Main Street, Suite 103 in El Cajon.
East County News Service
August 6, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego State University is launching a new program aimed at empowering music studies to run successful businesses.
‘Create Your Life’ provides adult re-entry students an overview of available support
July 31, 2014 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont College Adult Re-entry program will host an orientation, “Create Your Life,” from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 6, in Griffin Gate, located in building 60, room 180, in Griffin Center at Grossmont College.
Grossmont CBOC Member Nick Marinovich Resigns After Pressure From Asking Tough Questions
By Sharon Penny
July 13, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The Grossmont Union High School District’s (GUHSD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) serves on behalf of San Diego County taxpayers to “independently review the planning and execution of the Proposition H and Proposition U bond programs to validate to the public and the Governing Board that bond funds are spent within the intent of the bond measure.” East County Magazine has raised questions over problems with the CBOC’s watchdog role in a radio interview a few months ago.
Since his appointment to CBOC in June 2013, Nick Marinovich has a history of questioning the GUHSD Board about what many view as its inadequate responses for plans for an Alpine High School (funded by Proposition U) and for not properly addressing the Grand Jury’s report criticizing the Boardm as ECM has reported.
Effective June 19, Marinovich “resigned” from the CBOC. GUHSD Board member Priscilla Schreiber has told East County Magazine that she believes Marinovich was ”indirectly forced” to resign due to his probing questions and failure of the board to respond to his follow-up efforts.
July 2, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - WASHINGTON – With recent data showing an increase in sexual assaults on college campuses across the nation, U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) is taking steps to make colleges safer. In the House of Representatives, Davis recently cosponsored the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act, which would require institutes of higher education to improve reporting of incidents of crimes on campus as well as report what measures are being implemented to prevent domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
June 27, 2014 (El Cajon) - From student body president at Grossmont College during the 1960s to his fundraising efforts on behalf of students over the past 10 years, Ernest Ewin is the gift to East County’s community colleges that keeps on giving.
TRANSFORMING EARLY LEARNERS INTO SUPERB READERS: PROMOTING LITERACY AT SCHOOL, AT HOME, AND WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Andrea Nelson-Royes, EdD, an educator, researcher, author, and parent who has a passionate interest in how children learn to read and how to keep them reading, has authored a book that demonstrates all that she has experienced and believes in; Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community. It starts for her at home with her own children, endeavoring to give them the opportunity at the best possible education that they can get. Being a mother of four children gives her ample time and opportunity to test her passion for the education of other parent’s children.
By Jaden Jimenez
June 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Following last year’s plan that was signed by Governor Brown, districts will have the ability to direct funds to specific areas in their schools rather than being told by the state for direction.
The Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) creates concentration grants in place of the existing funding plans giving districts more say in how money should be spent on education in their specific district. This eliminates revenue limits and will cut out three quarters of state categorical programs which are currently deciding what funds are needed for specific expenditures, without any consideration to the needs of each individual district.
READER'S EDITORIAL: SHOULD CALIFORNIA'S POOREST SCHOOLCHILDREN BE INTEREST FREE LENDERS TO THE STATE?
By Gloria Roma
June 12, 2014 (San Diego)--Should California's poorest schoolchildren be the interest free lenders of first resort to the state? I don't think so, but they are. For the past 10 years, the state has been diverting the property taxes that were allocated to schools to cover the state's other obligations. Most counties still report the property taxes are going to schools, even though they are not getting there. This violation of the public trust hurts our schools and our state.
By Miriam Raftery
June 11, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- Students graduating from college today face an increasing burden of debt. The average undergraduate student must borrow $30,000 and for graduate students, the burden is many times worse. The high cost of tuition, even at public colleges and universities, has made college unaffordable for many students.
Teachers’ union vows to appeal
By Trevor Hill
June 11, 2014 (Los Angeles) -- Judge Rolf Treu of the Los Angeles Superior Court delivered his ruling this Tuesday, June 10th, on the highly controversial Vergara v. California trial, which sought to determine the constitutionality of statutes which grant teachers tenure, complicate the teacher layoff process, and value seniority over skill when determining which teachers must be laid off.
June 10, 2014 (El Cajon)--More than 2,000 graduates have received a record number of degrees and certificates from Cuyamaca and Grossmont colleges in the annual celebrations of academic accomplishment, evenings made memorable by inspirational speeches, congratulatory moments, proud families and joyous graduates.
By Trevor Hill
June 5 2014 (San Diego)-- The Vergara v. California trial going on in Los Angeles is an excellent embodiment of the struggle taking place between educator-led school reformists and corporate reform theorists.
By Leon Thompson
May 30, 2014 (Lakeside) -- “Heartland Charter School helped me get a job,” said Andy Casteruita. “I learned good work habits and leadership skills.” Andy is one of 49 students at the Heartland Coalition’s one year old Youth Build Charter High School with classes and an office on Orange Avenue in City Heights.
May 25, 2014 (Alpine) – Bruce Cochrane has been named the new Superintendent of the Alpine Union School District, replacing Tom Pellegrino. Pellegrino resigned to move with his family to Costa Rica.
GRAND JURY URGES THAT COUNTY, CITY AGENCIES AND SCHOOLS BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO IMPLEMENT GRAND JURY RECOMMENDATIONS TO WHICH THEY HAVE AGREED
May 24, 2014 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report “Say what you’ll do and then do what you say.” It urges the County Office of Education and the City of San Diego to each establish an implementation review committee. The report notes pointedly, “The 2013/2014 Grand Jury believes that all agencies within the county should be held accountable for implementing those Grand Jury recommendations to which they have agreed.”
SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND CAREER: COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN LANGUAGE ARTS K - 5, BY ANDREA M. NELSON-ROYES, EdD
Book Review by Dennis Moore
Every Child in America deserves a world-class education. Today, more than ever, a world-class education is a prerequisite for success. America was once the best-educated nation in the world. A generation ago, we led all nations in college completion, but today, ten countries have passed us. The issue is not that their students are smarter than ours. It is that these countries are being smarter about how to educate their students. And the countries that out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow.
We must do better. Together we must achieve a new goal, that by 2020, the United States will once again lead the world in college completion. We must raise the expectations for our students, our schools, and ourselves – this must be a national priority. We must ensure that every student graduate from high school well prepared for college and a career. -- President Barack Obama (2010), 44th President of the United States
“A Blueprint for Reform: The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act”
This is part of an occasional series of profiles of successful Cuyamaca and Grossmont students.
May 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Cuyamaca College student Derrek Gudino hasn’t forgotten his roots.
This is one in an occasional series of profiles of Grossmont and Cuyamaca College students who exemplify student success.
May 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Grossmont College was Tamara McMillan’s destiny. It just took her a little while to get there.
Update: Grossmont Union High School District schools will be open, though CIF sports events remain cancelled.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2014 (San Diego)--The safety and security of students, faculty, and staff is of the upmost importance to schools across the county, the County Office of Education’s website states. As the current wildfires change and grow, each school district will continue to monitor the local emergency situation and make school closure decisions on a day-by-day basis.
Below is a list of schools that will be closed Friday, schools that will be open, and others that will announce their decision Friday morning.