Education

PASSAGES: PHILANTHROPIST CONRAD PREBYS PASSES AWAY AT 82

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

July 25, 2016 (San Diego) — Conrad Prebys, a generous philanthropist who supported numerous San Diego nonprofit organizations, health and education centers, died Sunday, July 24th of cancer at Scripps Mercy Hospital with his family at his side.

GOVERNOR SIGNS BLOCK BILL REQUIRING MORE DISCLOSURES BY NON-ABA ACCREDITED LAW SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- Law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association would be required to post more information about tuition costs, class sizes, number of faculty, bar passage rate and employment outcomes for their students under a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) and approved this week today by the governor.

CANDIDATES CAN NOW FILE TO RUN FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT TRUSTEE ELECTIONS; FILING DEADLINE IS AUGUST 12

No filing fees, ballot statement costs  $315 to $360 in smaller trustee districts

By Miriam Raftery

July 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County ) – For the first time, the Grossmont Union High School District will hold elections in November for individual trustee districts.   There are no filing fees, though modest fees are charged for candidates to publish ballot statements. With smaller districts, the cost for ballot statements is far less than in the past --just $315 in Trustee Area 1 (Lemon Grove/Spring Valley/La Prensa),which is an open seat, and $360 in Trustee Area 2 (La Mesa/Casa de Oro/Mt. Helix and part of Rancho San Diego) currently represented by Jim Stieringer.

The candidate filing period opened July 18 and closes August 12th.  August 12 is also the deadline for candidates to submit ballot statements, which for the first time will be accepted electronically.

COMMUNITY COLLEGES TO TAKE A LARGER ROLE IN PREPARING SDSU AND CAL STATE UNIVERSITY SAN MARCOS FRESHMEN NEEDING BASIC SKILLS COURSEWORK





East County News Service



July 19, 2016 (San Diego) - A new $2 million grant will give area community colleges a larger role in helping many students get a successful start at San Diego State University and California State University San Marcos by sharpening their math and English skills.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE CLOSED UNTIL TUESDAY DUE TO POWER OUTAGE

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 30, 2016 (El Cajon) – Crews working on an electrical power line caused a power outage that has forced closure of Grossmont College on Wednesday.

Anne Krueger with the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District said all classes have been cancelled and offices closed on the campus until after the July 4th holiday.  The school will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AT PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2016 (Washington D.C. ) — By a slim 4-3 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that affirmative action is legal and that it is constitutional for public colleges and universities to consider race as a factor for admission. But the court also cautioned that educators must also show that other means of addressing diversity have failed.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE CANCELS REST OF SCHOOL YEAR, MOVES GRADUATIONS

East County News Service

June 22, 2016 (San Diego's East County -- Due to the Border Fire,the Mountain Empre school district has posted the following information on rescheduling graduations to El Capitan High School for high school and middle school students, as well as cancellation of classes:

PASSAGES: RICK ALEXANDER, FORMER GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER AND REALTOR

 

East County News Service

June 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Rick Alexander, a prominent East County realtor, long-time member of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Board, and active member in community organizations passed away June 13th.  A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, July 9th at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Theatre at Cuyamaca College. All are welcome to attend.

UPDATE ON SCHOOLS AND GRADUATION SERVICE IN MOUNTAIN EMPIRE DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – All schools in the Mountain Empire school district remain closed today due to the Border Fire.   The Mountain Empire High School graduation is tentatively set to be held Thursday at 6:30 p.m. contingent on air quality and fire conditions. 

ONE-THIRD OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDOCUMENTED COLLEGE STUDENTS IN CA REMAIN UNUSED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 12, 2016 (San Diego) – Five years ago, the California Dream Act authorized grants to help undocumented immigrant students attend community colleges, public universities and some private colleges.  But last year, about one-third of that “Dreamer” scholarship money was not given out, Ed Source reports.

ALPINE’S SCHOOL DISTRICT TO JOIN APPEAL OF CASE AGAINST GROSSMONT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 9,2016 (Alpine) –The Alpine Union School District’s board has voted unanimously to file an appeal of a decision by Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman, who ruled against the AUSD and Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability in their case against the Grossmont Union High School District. The taxpayers group has previously announced that it will also appeal the ruling.

The groups argue that Grossmont should turn over Prop H bond money that voters approved with the intent to build a high school in Alpine. Judge Pressman sided with Grossmont, finding that the bond measure allowed but did not require construction of the school.

CARUTHERS, ADAMS TO RUN OFF IN NOVEMBER FOR GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COLLEGE DISTRICT SEAT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

June 8,2016 (San Diego’s East County)—Timothy Caruthers won 59% of the vote in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District 4 race. He will run off in November against Elena Adams, who received 33% of the vote. Incumbent Mary Kay Rosinski, who withdrew from the race but whose name still appeared on the ballot, got 9%. 

Although the race is nonpartisan, Rosinski was a Democrat and Adams has the backing of the Democratic Party after Rosinski’s withdrawal.  Caruthers is endorsed by the Republican Party, giving the GOP a chance to pick up a seat on the community college board in November.

IT’S OFFICIAL: STATE APPROVES REDISTRICTING OF GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Voters in the Grossmont Union-High School District this fall will be casting ballots for candidates in five separate trustee districts, under a redistricting plan approved in May by the California Board of Education.    Candidates who wish to file to run in one of the new districts can do so starting July 18 with a deadline of August 12 for candidacy filings.

No signatures are required to run in these districts. There is no filing fee, however there is a fee for having a statement in the ballot. The amount has not yet been determined, but a candidacy guide will be available soon, Registrar of Voters Michael Vu told East County Magazine today.

HELIX STUDENTS HELP SAVE SEA BASS

 

Source: Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute

Photo: California Dept. of Fish and Game

May 31, 2016 (La Mesa) — Students from Helix Charter High School in La Mesa will release tagged juvenile white sea bass into local waters off Crown Point tomorrow to restore healthy population levels as a participants in Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute’s “Sea Bass in the Classroom” (SITC), STEM education program.

COUNTY TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION TAKES STAND IN ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL ISSUES

 

“Save Alpine High” GoFundMe site launched to pay for legal appeal

By Miriam Raftery

May 30, 2016 (Alpine) — The San Diego County Taxpayers Association is speaking out against the Grossmont Union-High School District for failing to honor the intent of voters who supported Proposition U.  The group’s new leader, Haney Hong, has also sharply criticized the GUHSD for spending taxpayer money on legal action while refusing to fund construction of an Alpine high school.

JEWISH WOMAN FORCED TO HIDE FROM ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS AT UC-IRVINE

 

By Shani Shahmoon, Originally published in the New York Observer

http://observer.com/2016/05/jewish-woman-forced-to-hide-from-anti-israel-activists-at-uc-irvine/

Photo by Paula Prizio

May 22, 2016 (Irvine) -- An event hosted by a pro-Israel student group ended abruptly Wednesday night as police were called to protect attendees from an angry mob that had gathered. One student who never made it inside the venue called 9-1-1 as she hid in fear from anti-Israel activists who chased her into a building on the University of California-Irvine campus.

MORE THAN 4,200 DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES TO BE AWARDED TO GROSSMONT, CUYAMACA GRADUATES



East County News Service




May 18, 2016 (El Cajon) - A busy academic year highlighted by new leadership at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges culminates with commencement ceremonies June 1 and 2, where more than 4,200 degrees and certificates will be awarded.

LEMON GROVE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNOUNCES WINNERS IN BOBBY CARROLL 8TH GRADE HISTORY ESSAY COMPETITION

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

May 18, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society takes great pleasure in announcing five winners in its 2016 Bobby Carroll 8th Grade History Essay Competition. All are from Lemon Grove Academy for the Sciences and Humanities and were mentored by History teacher, Frank Wulftange. The topic was "Achieving Virtue and Freedom in a Democratic Republic Form of Government." 

SUSPECT WANTED FOR THEFT OF LEMON GROVE SCHOOL LAPTOPS: UP TO $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation want the public's help in identifying and locating those responsible for stealing 43 laptops from San Miguel Elementary School April 27th or 28th

ALPINE TAXPAYERS TO APPEAL GROSSMONT RULING

 

East County News Service

Image from the Alpine High School Citizens Committee that has worked for years to get a high school built.  Now a judge’s ruling could deprive Alpine of bond money that voters approved for the school.

May 15, 2016 (Alpine) — An attorney representing the Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability has told East County Magazine that his client is prepared to file an appeal if Judge Joel Pressman’s preliminary ruling setting aside a preliminary injunction against the Grossmont Union High School district stands. 

SDSU GRADUATES ON PATH TO SUCCESS

 

First-ever Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award among pomp and prizes at SDSU commencement celebrations on May 13 to 15 at Viejas Arena

By Jill Esterbrooks, SDSU News Center

May 13, 2016 (San Diego)--This year's crop of San Diego State University graduates is more diverse, determined and decorated than any in its 119-year history.

Take Austin Owens. He'll receive his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and the first-ever Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award at the College of Engineering's commencement ceremony on May 14 at 5:30 p.m. Owens, who is "passionate about solving problems and making things happen against all odds," has been a four-year SDSU standout for founding the on-campus Mechantronics Club, competing in international RoboSub competitions and landing a post-graduation job at SpaceX, a space exploration company founded by Elon Musk.

ROSINSKI DROPS OUT OF COLLEGE DISTRICT RACE

 

East County News Service

May 12, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Incumbent Mary Kay Rosinski has announced that she will not seek reelection to the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District board. Her announcement came after ballots were printed, so her name will still appear on the ballot, however.  Her withdrawal leaves two candidates vying for what is now an open seat for Trustee Area 4.

JUDGE RULES FOR GROSSMONT DISTRICT OVER ALPINE

 

Updated May 11: Plaintiffs issue statement saying they will appeal the ruling.

By Miriam Raftery

May 6, 2016 (Alpine) – A preliminary ruling by Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman would set aside a preliminary injunction against the Grossmont District. If the ruling stands, it will allow Grossmont to keep $42 million that had been set aside for an Alpine High School that the district never built. The money is a portion of bond measure funds approved by voters in part for the long-promised school.

The suit was filed by the Alpine Union School District and Alpine Taxpayers for Bond Accountability. The groups have 15 days to file an appeal.

WARNER SPRINGS SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO VANDALISM

 

East County News Service

May 3, 2016 (Warner Springs) – Extensive vandalism forced closure today of the entire Warner Unified School District complex, which includes elementary through high school classrooms as well as district offices.  The district's website states it hopes to reopen soon and will notify parents when children can return to school.

A maintenance worker arriving at work Wednesday morning discovered the damage, which included graffiti, broken windows, classrooms ransacked, furniture overturned and fire extinguishers discharged.  The worker called  Sheriff’s deputies at 5:15 a.m.

POSTERS AT SDSU ALLEGE TIES TO TERRORISM BY SOME MUSLIM STUDENTS, SPARKING PROTESTS

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

May 3, 2016 (San Diego) — Muslim student groups at San Diego State University are calling for action after posters appeared on campus claiming certain Muslim students are allied with Palestinian terrorists and anti-Semitism.

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