Education

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.

COUNTY LIBRARY OFFERS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS ONLINE

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 6, 2017 (San Diego) - High school graduation is a rite of passage for many but sometimes circumstances prevent students from getting a diploma.

“A lot of them say life happens, they had to drop out for whatever reason, start working and the next thing you know, it’s 10 to 20 years later,” said El Cajon Library branch Adult Services Manager Josh Mitchell.

SUSAN DAVIS TAKES OVER AS RANKING DEMOCRAT ON HOUSE HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE TRAINING SUBCOMMITTEE

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), a senior member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, was named as the Ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, which plays a key role in shaping higher education policy.

CAN WE ALL GET ALONG? DIVERSITY DIALOGUES RETURN TO CUYAMACA COLLEGE







East County News Service

February 1, 2017 (El Cajon) - A Feb. 8 workshop tackling the mass incarceration of African-American males kicks off the spring edition of Diversity Dialogues, a series of Cuyamaca College conversations aimed at fostering a greater understanding of different cultures.

GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARD TO VOTE FEB. 21 ON PROTECTING IMMIGRANT STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The Chancellor and leaders at Grossmont-Community College District have sent a letter to students in the wake of  President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders regarding immigration, border security, and a travel ban on people from seven nations, as well as his threat to establish a Muslim registry.  The letter affirms that the district’s governing board will vote February 21 on whether to adopt the following policies:

  • Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges are open to all students who meet the minimum requirement for admission, regardless of background, culture, religion, or immigration status. 
  • The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District will not release any personally identifiable student information, including data related to immigration status, without a judicial warrant or court order unless authorized by the student or required by law.
  • The District will not cooperate with any federal effort to create a registry of individuals based on any protected characteristics such as religion, national origin, race, or sexual orientation.
  • The District stands proudly for the heritage of American community colleges as hallmarks of a diverse, engaged, and healthy democracy.

Below is the letter in full:

GROSSMONT JOINS 70 OTHER DISTRICTS IN STATEWIDE CELEBRATION OF MADE-FROM-SCRATCH, LOCALLY-SOURCE FOODS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Dr. Gary Woods, GUHSD school board member, tastes locally-sourced foods along with students at Grossmont College “California Thursdays” event.

January 26, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Nearly 20,000 students in the Grossmont Union High School District participated today in a novel approach to school food: healthy, freshly prepared meals made with California-grown produce and fresh ingredients.

TRUMP EDUCATION SECRETARY NOMINEE DE VOS SEEKS PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, TELLS SENATORS SHE WON’T ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS PROTECTING DISABLED, FEMALE, OR MINORITY STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 26, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – One of President Trump’s most controversial nominees is Betsy DeVos, proposed to head up the Department of Education.  The billionaire GOP donor has led a “school choice” PAC and led efforts to divert public funds to charter schools and vouchers in Detroit with largely failed results, where critics say more segregation and generally poor test scores resulted.  If confirmed, she would be an Education Secretary largely committed to dismantling public education despite no track record of success in helping students, particularly students of color.

NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT AT FOUNDATION FOR GROSSMONT & CUYAMACA COLLEGES







East County News Service

January 24, 2017 (El Cajon) - Erich Foeckler, a fundraising professional for 20 years, is the new executive director of development for the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges, the philanthropic partner for East County’s two community colleges.

STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF TOM TORLAKSON ANNOUNCES FUNDING RELIEF FOR SCHOOL CLOSURES DUE TO FLOODING, WINTER STORMS

 

East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (Sacramento) - State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today directed the California Department of Education to work with all schools and school districts forced to close as a result of flooding and other winter storm related issues so that they may qualify for relief from the loss of Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding.

SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY DUE TO STORMS

 

East County News Service

January 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - Monday’s severe storm provided a day off to many students in East County.

Heavy rains, high winds, and mountain snow led to school closures in several districts, including Julian Union High School District, Julian Union School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, and Warner Springs Unified School District. 

STATE GRANT WILL FUND CUYAMACA COLLEGE VINEYARD AND GROW NEW VITICULTURE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

 

Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District

January 18, 2017 (El Cajon) - Cuyamaca College has secured a grant of nearly $260,000 to bolster its new viticulture apprenticeship program and cover the cost of a planned two-acre vineyard on the Rancho San Diego campus.

CALIF. WATER SYSTEMS TO PROVIDE FREE LEAD TESTING FOR SCHOOLS

 

Source: State Water Resources Control Board

January 17, 2017 (Sacramento) -- In an effort to further safeguard California’s water quality, K-12 schools in the state can receive free testing for lead under a new initiative announced today by the State Water Resources Control Board.

HINDUS SEEK DIWALI HOLIDAY IN ALL CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hindus are urging all 1,025 public school districts of California to declare official holiday on Diwali, the most popular of their festivals. They are also urging California’s all 1,222 charter schools, all about 3,170 private schools and all independent schools also to adopt Diwali as an official holiday on their 2017-2018 school year calendars.

Diwali, the festival of lights, aims at dispelling the darkness and lighting up lives, symbolizing victory of good over evil. Besides Hindus; Sikhs,Jains and some Buddhists also celebrate Diwali, which falls on October 19 in 2017.

TESLA MOTORS, POKÉMON GO AND HAIR-SPLITTING TALMUDIC ARGUMENTS

 

East County News Service

December 23, 2016 (San Diego) — You’re invited to engage in a brain-twisting, mind-wrestling, hair-splitting experience as you explore modern situations and the complex dilemmas they give rise to while you seek solutions by examining original Talmudic texts.

Beginning Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Rabbi Rafi Andrusier of San Carlos will offer a fascinating new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) called The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.  Classes are located at Lomas Del Cerro Club Room (7255 Navajo Rd. San Diego).

SIMULATED CONGRESSIONAL HEARING AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE SET TO DRAW 400 MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS





Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District

December 15, 2016 (El Cajon) -- More than 400 middle and high school students from throughout San Diego and Riverside counties will converge at Grossmont College Dec. 15 and 16 to compete in a series of simulated congressional hearings testing how well they know the Constitution. Eleven middle and high schools are taking part in the innovative educational program titled We the People… The Citizen and the Constitution, which is now in its 29th year.

SDSU RESEARCHERS DISCOVER NEW PLANT SPECIES, NAME AFTER JIMI HENDRIX

 

The new, rare and endangered succulent is found only in Baja California

East County News Service

December 15, 2016 (San Diego) - Jimi Hendrix may have died more than 45 years ago, but his botanical legacy will live forever. In a new study, a team of researchers, including San Diego State University plant biologist Michael Simpson, identified a new and rare species of succulent and dubbed it Dudleya hendrixii, or “Hendrix’s liveforever,” in honor of the guitar virtuoso.

SDSU STUDY: HIGH PERCENTAGE OF COLLEGE STUDENTS STRUGGLE TO MEET BASIC NEEDS INSTEAD OF CLASSROOM SUCCESS

 

Source: Community College Equity Assessment Lab

December 12, 2016 (San Diego) -- A new study finds that approximately one-third of community college students experience the threat of homelessness and housing instability and twelve percent face the threat of hunger.  More than 70% of these students are in remedial math courses.

ADAMS PULLS AHEAD OF CARUTHERS IN GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE RACE

 

Update December 8, 2016: Adams has won by 124 votes.  The election was certified today.

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - In the race to fill an open seat on the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District Board, Elena Adams has pulled ahead of Timothy Caruthers by a razor-thin margin of 69 votes.  Adams, a teacher backed by the American Federation of Teachers, has 50.1% with 18,136 votes, while Caruthers, who currently serves on the Alpine Union School District board, has 49.9% and 18,067 votes.

EDUCATORS RAISE CONCERNS OVER TRUMP’S EDUCATION SECRETARY NOMINEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 3, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.  But the nomination has drawn sharp criticism from prominent educators due to her support of directing public funds into private and largely religious schools through vouchers, charters and other means.

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