Education

SMOKE DEVICE TRIPS ALARM, ENDS SCHOOL EARLY AT GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

April 27, 2017 (El Cajon) – A “homemade smoke device” set off in a boy’s restroom at Granite Hills High School this morning at 10:10 a.m. tripped a fire alarm, according to Grossmont Union High School District spokesperson Catherine Martin on Twitter.

GONZALEZ-FLETCHER BILL REQUIRING LEAD TESTING OF SCHOOL WATER PASSES COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY

 

East County News Service

STATE AUDIT FINDS UNIV. OF CALIF. HID “SECRET RESERVES” WHILE RAISING TUITIONS

 

“I disagree with all of these assertions.” -- UC President Janet Napolitano

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2017 (Sacramento) – A report by California’s state auditor claims that the University of California hid $175 million in secret reserves while it raised administrative spending by 28 percent.  The hidden reserves were not disclosed to the board or regents over the past several years, meaning regents were voting to hike tuitions without knowing about significant funds that might have alleviated the need to force students to pay more.

BILL WOULD BAN PRIVATELY OWNED CHARTER SCHOOLS IN CALIFORNIA AFTER SCANDALS OVER CHAIN TIED TO EDUCATION SECRETARY DEVOS

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (Sacramento) -- A California bill aims to crack down on profiteering by private charter schools that have been pocketing public funds while providing a poor quality education to students, Cal Matters reports.

EL CAJON HISTORICAL SOCIETY HONORS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS MAY 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Amaziah Lord Knox, courtesy El Cajon Historical Society

April 16, 2017 (El Cajon) -- For 36 years, the El Cajon Historical Society has sponsored a Third Grade Contest. This year, over 350 public and private school students participated in a poster contest titled, “A Visual History of El Cajon.” All participants receive certificates and 23 will be honored with trophies for special awards in a ceremony on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School, 1495 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon. 

ANTI-SEMITISM ON U.S. COLLEGE CAMPUSES INCREASED 40% IN 2016 AND GENOCIDAL EXPRESSION DOUBLED, STUDY FINDS

 

AMCHA Initiative’s 2016 report indicates two main sources are responsible for anti-Semitism on campus

East County News Service

April 15, 2017 (Santa Cruz) -- Anti-Semitism on campus increased 40% and genocidal expression doubled in 2016, according to the AMCHA Initiative’s annual study, released earlier this month.  The study examines anti-Semitism at more than 100 public and private colleges and universities with the largest Jewish undergraduate populations.

VACANCY ON CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy for a “community member at large” on the 11-member Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC).

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES 2017-18 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

 

Kathryn Worley and Daemein Patterson to represent GUHSD in prestigious San Diego County Teacher of the Year Competition

East County News Service

April 8, 2017 (El Cajon) -- At the Governing Board meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Grossmont Union High School District honored Teacher of the Year nominees from each of its schools. This is a great honor, as each nominee was selected by their peers.

SDSU STUDENT JOINS FAMED SKATEBOARDER RYAN SHECKLER ON SOCIAL IMPACT SPRING BREAK, GIVING BACK IN COSTA RICA

 

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- Jonah Bonner, a student at San Diego State University, is taking a unique spring break. He’s teaming with The Sheckler Foundation, Red Bull, social activists Journey and DIVERTcity as part of a program giving college students the opportunity to help build a skate park for an underserved community in Costa Rica. Adding star power to the trip is famed skateboarder Ryan Sheckler who will help break in the new park.

COLLEGES TO HOST CAREER DAYS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY JOBS

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2017 (El Cajon) --Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are hosting free career fairs this month for students and the community to network with employers and to learn what jobs are on the horizon. A public service career day will be held on April 19th and a sustainability resource fair with information on sustainability careers is slated for April 27.  Below are details:

SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY OVERTURNS GORSUCH RULING; ALL 8 JUSTICES VOTE TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF DISABLED STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court, by a unanimous 8-0 vote, has voted that public schools must provide disabled students with opportunities to achieve “appropriately ambitious” progress, not just a bare minimum education, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

CALIFORNIA STATE SUPERINTENDENT FILES COURT BRIEF TO PROTECT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

March 24, 2017 (Sacramento) – California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson filed a court brief Wednesday  in the Ninth Circuit federal court supporting Santa Clara County’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt an executive order by President Donald Trump. Trump’s order aimed at deporting many undocumented immigrants threatens to stop federal funding for California cities, counties, and possibly public schools.

WOMEN EDUCATORS TO HONOR THEIR OWN

 

By Teresa Fistere

March 18, 2017 (San Diego) - On Saturday, April 1st, members of Delta Kappa Gamma International (DKG), a professional society for women educators, will meet for brunch at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley for a "Spring Circles of Celebration" to honor local women who have given outstanding service to their profession, their community, or their chapter.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT ENCOURAGING 39 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN HEALTHCARE CAREERS WITH $88,500 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

 

East County News Service

March 17, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, awarded $88,500 in scholarships to 39 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional. The scholarships were presented at the GHD board meeting on Friday, March 17.

SDSU GRAD PROGRAMS RANKED AMONG NATION'S BEST

 

Several SDSU programs are recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Graduate Schools 2018 released today.

East County News Service

March 16, 2017 (San Diego) — SDSU’s graduate programs in education and aerospace engineering are ranked among the nation’s best in the latest U.S. News & World Report issue of America’s Best Graduate Schools.

SDSU CELEBRATES 120TH ANNIVERSARY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: The school’s first “campus” was located in downtown San Diego on the southwest corner of Sixth and F streets. (Credit: SDSU Special Collections and University Archives)

March 15, 2017 (San Diego) – Back in 1897, President William McKinley was sworn in as President of the United States. Queen Victoria celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in England. The Klondike gold rush began, and San Diego State University was born. This week, the university is celebrating it 120th anniversary.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TOM TORLAKSON ASKS FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO CLARIFY POLICY ON IMMIGRATION ACTIONS NEAR SCHOOLS

 

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2017 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, as part of his efforts to ensure parents and students feel safe at schools regardless of their immigration status, this week asked federal law enforcement authorities to explain if they are changing a policy that had avoided immigration actions near schools.

GUHSD APPROVES TEACHER LAYOFFS

 

 

By Jonathan Goetz

March 10, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Grossmont Union High School District Board voted yesterday to send pink slips to at least 35 teachers and eliminate another 10 vacancies within the 22,000-student district.

Governing Board member Jim Kelly asked if the District could begin special education earlier than ninth grade to prevent having to pay for private school for special education students transferring in from districts before 9th grade.  He was told by a member of the audience “At Elite Academy we can take kids in seventh grade, we even have one sixth grader.”

150 KIDS SADDLE UP FOR SAFETY AT REGION’S LARGEST BIKE RODEO SATURDAY IN LAKESIDE

 

Bike Coalition brings two-wheeled carnival to school parking lot

East County News Service


March 9, 2017 (Lakeside) -- More than 150 elementary school students and their families are ready to master the bicycle skills needed to go from pedaling novice to cycling extraordinaire. At the sixth annual Lakeside Elementary Bike Rodeo, the San Diego Bike Coalition, school staff and community volunteers will teach hands-on bike safety amidst a carnival of food, games and music.  The event is slated for this Saturday, March 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lakeview Elementary School, 9205 Lakeview Road in Lakeside.

WATER QUALITY CONCERNS RAISED AT SCHOOLS IN LA MESA AND WARNER SPRINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Two local school districts in La Mesa and Warner Springs are serving bottled water to students and staff due to water quality concerns.

La Mesa Spring Valley School District announced that it has voluntarily shut down drinking fountains and water used for cooking, while awaiting tests on drinking water quality. Superintendent Brian Marshall says the change is due to an “abundance of caution.”

COMMUNITY COLLEGE ALUMNIFEST: A TICKET TO CELEBRATE ON MARCH 25







Family-friendly event hosted by San Diego Gulls and California Coast Credit Union

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

February 27, 2017 (El Cajon) - For the second year in a row, community college alum in San Diego and Imperial counties have a big reason to celebrate and to have more fun than you can shake a hockey stick at. On Saturday, March 25, community colleges in San Diego and Imperial counties are throwing Community College AlumniFest, hosted by California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Gulls hockey club.

SENATOR ATKINS SAYS CALIF. WILL CONTINUE TO PROTECT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AFTER TRUMP ROLLS BACK RIGHTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Gavin Grimm, transgender student whose case is on appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court

February 23, 2017 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered the Department of Education and the Justice Department to withdraw guidelines that required schools to protect transgender students under Title IX, the federal law which bans sex discrimination in all public schools.

MOUNTAIN WEST NAMES 30 AZTECS TO FALL ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM

 

SDSU student-athletes honored for classroom achievements

Source: goaztecs.com

February 21, 2017 (San Diego) - A total of 30 San Diego State student-athletes from four different sports were named to the Mountain West all-academic team for the 2016 fall semester, the league office announced Tuesday morning.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS HOSTS HIGHER EDUCATION ROUNDTABLE THURSDAY, FEB. 23 AT SDSU

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2017 (San Diego) — Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), the new ranking member of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development, invites you to a roundtable discussion on higher education in San Diego.  The public event will be held Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at San Diego State University (5250 55th St., San Diego).  Check in and networking starts at 8:10 a.m. with the event from 8L30 to 10 a.m.

GRANITE HILLS HIGH SCHOOL TO HOST BLOODMOBILE DRIVE FEB. 15

 

East County News Service

February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Granite Hills High School on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from  8 am ‑  1:30 pm.  The drive will be held at 1719 E Madison Ave., El Cajon in the Wrestling Room.

About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One pint of blood, which is the amount volunteers give when they donate blood, can save up to three lives. Approximately, 38% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood but less than 10% do annually. Since blood is always needed, volunteers are asked to give blood for patients, such as those going through cancer or trauma.

GUHSD BOARD TO DISCUSS LAWSUITS AND LABOR NEGOTIATIONS THURSDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2017 (El Cajon) — In a closed-door session Thursday just before the 6 p.m. public meeting, the Grossmont Union High School District Board will discuss ongoing litigation over funds for an Alpine high school in a case filed by Alpine Union School District and Alpine taxpayers,  as well as a new lawsuit filed in January by San Diegans for Open Government alleging campaign violations by the district over school bond Proposition BB.  A conference with labor negotiators is also on the closed-session agenda.

DEVOS APPROVED AS EDUCATION SECRETARY WITH VP CASTING TIEBREAKING VOTE

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 7, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – For the first time in history, the Vice President had to cast the deciding vote on a cabinet nominee.  Betsy DeVos was confirmed 51-50 as Secretary of Education, with all Democrats voting no, along with two Republicans (Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska). 

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERING SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NURSING, MEDICAL HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

February 6, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs, one for nursing students and another for students pursuing careers as medical health technicians.

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