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The University of Redlands student newspaper, The Bulldog Weekly, was put on hiatus late last year following the publication of a controversial article about a $35 million scholarship fund. The article quoted a student saying the new fund favored “rich, white males.”

Published: April 15, 2015 – Updated: 11:15 p.m.

As students prep for graduation from the University of Redlands this week, The Bulldog Weekly newsstands will be empty.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Twist develops in California Charter Academy prosecution

Scales of Justice

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

A twist has developed in the long-running California Charter Academy prosecution.

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The Academic Senate at Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa holds “no-confidence” vote Wednesday for San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 04/01/15, 8:39 PM PDT |

The Academic Senates at San Bernardino Valley and Crafton Hills colleges affirmed their support of a resolution at their meetings Wednesday, voting “no-confidence” in San Bernardino Community College District Chancellor Bruce Baron.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Community College District addressing accreditation issues

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In early February, both San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College received warning letters from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
and Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 03/30/15, 6:50 PM PDT

As required in an accrediting agency warning issued last month, San Bernardino Valley College president Gloria Fisher will be getting the college degree required for her position. Where and in what, however, remains to be seen.

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The Sacramento Bee: Opinion: California’s schools gain in financing

Dan Walters

Dan Walters
Observations on California and its politics
dwalters@sacbee.com
03/29/2015 – 07:15 PM

One of the Capitol’s perpetual debates is over how much California spends to educate its 6.2 million elementary and high school students, especially in relationship to other states.

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By David G. Savage
March 29, 2015

A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at free-speech rules for high schools.

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California State University

By Josh Dulaney, LA Daily News
Posted: 03/22/15, 5:13 PM PDT |

LONG BEACH >> From hospitality management to cybersecurity, campuses across the Cal State University system are planning to implement new degree programs over the course of the next decade. Trustees for the 23-campus system this week are expected to approve 29 projected degree programs when they modify the CSU Academic Master Plan, amid several discussions and decisions planned for their regularly scheduled session at the Chancellor’s Office.

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Orange County Register: John Moorlach prevails in race to fill state Senate seat

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State Sen.-elect John Moorlach, the former county supervisor, took 50.3 percent of the vote, winning the majority needed to avoid a runoff in the four-person race. He had 4,600 more votes than Assemblyman Don Wagner, who had 44.1 percent. (File: Mindy Schauer – Staff Photographer)

By MARTIN WISCKOL / STAFF WRITER
March 19, 2015 – Updated 9:29 p.m.

John Moorlach’s successful bid to fill Orange County’s vacant state Senate seat became a mathematical certainty Thursday evening, with all ballots on hand tallied by election workers and only a smattering of late mail ballots expected to arrive today.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 – 05:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by his favorite liberal, Georgine Trujillo. They talk about Janet Napolitano’s comments in regard to student protestors.

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An American flag and an Army windsock fly at a home in Walla Walla, Wash. (Michael Lopez / Associated Press)

By Patrick McGreevy
March 9, 2015

Outraged by an attempt to ban the United States flag from a lobby at UC Irvine, Republican state legislative leaders on Monday proposed a constitutional amendment that would protect Old Glory from being banished from state-funded colleges and universities.

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The PE: HIGHER EDUCATION: Pay for San Bernardino Community College chief’s near top

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Published: Feb. 18, 2015 – Updated: 11:27 p.m.

The San Bernardino Community College District pays its instructors some of the lowest salaries in Southern California. But it has some of the state’s highest paid administrators.

To read story by Mark Muckenfuss in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

The Sun: Crafton Hills College pulls out of four-year college degree program

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 02/17/15, 7:45 PM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

YUCAIPA >> After getting a warning letter from an accreditation agency, Crafton Hills College has pulled out of a new pilot program that would have seen them offering a four-year college degree.

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LATimes: Couple who pledged $12 million to Chapman University want donation back

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Chapman University in Orange has been sued by two of its donors.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
February 13, 2015

A 98-year-old Newport Beach philanthropist and his wife are suing Chapman University, alleging that the college coerced him into donating $12 million and then failed to keep its promises.

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The Sun: San Bernardino Valley, Crafton Hills colleges warned by accreditation agency

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 02/10/15, 8:42 PM PST | Updated: 40 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino Valley College and Crafton Hills College have both received warnings from their national accrediting agency, which also said the new president of Valley College is not qualified for her job.

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SacBee: Opinion: Schools get big bucks, still behind

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/24/2015 8:36 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown says that if his 2015-16 budget is adopted, California will be spending an average of $13,462 on each of its 6 million K-12 students, or about $81 billion.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: Prop 47 & 2016 Candidates

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Friday, January 23, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Lou is joined by Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) to discuss AB 150, which would amend Prop 47 to make the theft of a firearm under $950 a felony.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy fraud case continued

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Thursday, January 22, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

The long-running fraud case involving the now-defunct California Charter Academy has been continued once again.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown, Janet Napolitano form committee of two

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Gov. Jerry Brown, right, gestures while speaking out against tuition increases as Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, left, listens during a November meeting of the University of California Board of Regents in San Francisco. (Eric Risberg/ The Associated Press)

By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
01/21/2015 11:46 PM

University of California President Janet Napolitano could hardly have been more dismissive when Gov. Jerry Brown proposed in November that, instead of threatening to raise tuition, UC create a commission to find ways to reduce costs.

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The Sun: University of Redlands’ student newspaper shut down draws protest

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By Sandra Emerson, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 01/20/15, 5:36 PM PST | Updated: 25 secs ago

REDLANDS>> Staff, students and supporters of the University of Redlands’ Bulldog Weekly newspaper gathered on the steps of the administration building Tuesday to make their voices heard over the decision last month to put the paper on hiatus.

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By Jason Song
January 21, 2015

Fifteen California community colleges should be able to offer four-year degrees starting as soon as next year, state officials announced Tuesday.

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NationalJournal: Obama Wants Free Community College. Where’s the Money?

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By Fawn Johnson
January 8, 2015

President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday.

There is one big caveat in the proposal — there is no plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown’s budget plan will hold line on higher education spending

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Gov. Jerry Brown uses a chart to explain his budget a year ago. He presents his first 2015-16 budget Friday. (Randall Benton – Sacramento Bee file)

By Jim Miller and David Siders
jmiller@sacbee.com
01/09/2015 – 12:13 AM

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to propose a $113.3 billion general fund state budget Friday that holds fast in response to the University of California’s threat to raise tuition unless the state gives the university system more money.

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DailyBulletin: Chino Valley Unified blurs line between religion, public policy

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Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education (Andrew Cruz, Thursday, December 11, 2014)

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 12/28/14, 2:24 PM PST |

CHINO >> The Chino Valley Unified School Board is under fire for prayers, Bible readings and alleged Christian proselytizing during board meetings. For some, this comes as a surprise, but a look at the board’s past shows that religiously tinged conflicts over policy are nothing new.

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InlandPolitics: Another person’s life damaged

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Wednesday, December 17, 2104 – 10:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – 01:30 p.m.

Another prosecution gone wrong. Another person’s life and reputation damaged.

It’s an increasingly common event in San Bernardino County.

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Amy Bramlett

By Matt Hamilton
December 16, 2014

Amy Bramlett, 46, was arrested in September and charged with having unlawful sexual contact with a 16- and 17-year-old–-the latter a former student of hers at Indian Springs High School in San Bernardino.

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The Sun: San Bernardino teacher accused of sex with students has charges dropped

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By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 12/15/14, 10:24 AM PST | Updated: 10 hrs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> Citing an “insufficiency of evidence,” the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office Monday dropped the charges of having sex with students against San Bernardino City Unified teacher Amy Bramlett.

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SFChronicle: UC’s new motto: Take the money and run

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 3:39 pm, Friday, December 5, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown was pushing Proposition 30 in 2012, he sold his measure with the promise that the income and sales tax increases in his measure would put off sharp tuition increases in the UC and CSU systems. Sacramento increased state funding for the University of California and California State University by 5 percent annually for two years, then 4 percent annually for the next two years. Budget documents heralded a four-year deal that would keep tuition flat.

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LATimes: Cal State funding talks include scenario of turning away freshmen

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By Carla Rivera
November 25, 2014

The University of California’s decision to raise tuition generated much controversy.

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SacBee: Brown-UC clash isn’t over money

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By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/25/2014 9:31 PM

The confrontation between Gov. Jerry Brown and the University of California is ostensibly about money.

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SFChronicle: Tuition hikes at the University of Compensation

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By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 4:04 pm, Friday, November 21, 2014

UC Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was “apoplectic” at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. “In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid,” said Blum, “I’d have nothing but empty desks.” And: “You’ve got to get real about this stuff.”

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LATimes: UC regents approve tuition hikes amid angry protests

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Tuition going up at University of California

By Larry Gordon
November 20, 2014

Over the din of students chanting their protest, the University of California regents voted 14-7 on Thursday to approve tuition increases of as much as 5% for each of the next five years.

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SacBee: UC regents move tuition increase plan forward

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By David Siders and Alexei Koseff
dsiders@sacbee.com
11/19/2014 11:17 PM

SAN FRANCISCO — University of California regents moved forward with a controversial plan Wednesday to raise tuition if the state does not give the system more money, with the proposal expected to be finalized Thursday.

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DailyBulletin: Economic Conference: Education key to Inland Empire growth

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By Neil Nisperos, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/29/14, 5:01 PM PDT | Updated: 4 mins ago

ONTARIO >> While the Inland Empire economy continues on the upswing, the growth of high-paying jobs and quality firms continues to be hindered by educational attainment levels.

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DailyPress: FPPC advises Measure M foes to contact Attorney General

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By STAFF REPORTS
Posted Oct. 28, 2014 @ 7:08 pm
Updated Oct 28, 2014 at 7:11 PM

The Fair Political Practices Commission acknowledged receiving a complaint against the Hesperia Unified School District in an Oct. 20 letter to a Hesperia resident, but advised him to contact the Attorney General over allegations that the district has misused public funds in support of a bond measure.

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The Sun: Couple donate $35 million to University of Redlands

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By Kristina Hernandez, Redlands Daily Facts
Posted: 10/18/14, 7:21 PM PDT |

REDLANDS >> Thanks to the largest gift in the school’s history, the University of Redlands has established a scholarship program to benefit future students.

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The Sun: Judge orders Redlands school district to change public records policy

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By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/04/14, 5:44 PM PDT |

A judge has ordered the Redlands Unified School District to alter its public record policies, which, he ruled, violate the California Public Records Act.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown approves community college bachelor’s degrees

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By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 29, 2014 – 10:17 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014 – 8:05 am

In what could portend a monumental shift in public higher education in California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that will allow up to 15 community colleges to launch bachelor’s degrees programs in vocational fields.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified: Recall attempt comes up short

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 09/16/14, 9:40 AM PDT | Updated: 23 hrs ago

Rialto >> An attempt to recall two Rialto Unified school board members has failed, the group has announced.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS debt report drops from $167B to $59.5B

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, September 8, 2014

CalSTRS was bracing to report the nation’s biggest pension debt under new government accounting rules that take effect this fiscal year — $167 billion, an amount so huge some thought it might increase the cost of issuing local school bonds.

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VVDailyPress: Complaint filed over VVC bond spending

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Citizens Bond Oversight members allege money illegally spent

Brooke Self, Staff Writer
Posted Aug. 31, 2014 @ 10:30 am
Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM

VICTORVILLE — A member of the Victor Valley College Measure JJ Citizens Bond Oversight Committee has filed a complaint with the San Bernardino County District Attorney about bond funds he believes were illegally spent.

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LATimes: Gov. Brown appeals ruling that struck down teacher job protections

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Gov. Jerry Brown addresses the American Federation of Teachers convention in June in Los Angeles. (Damian Dovarganes, AP)

By Howard Blume
August 29, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown filed an appeal Friday of a ruling that struck down traditional job protections for teachers.

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Politico: Judge sets up battle over teacher protections

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The final decision in the suit sets the stage for the appeals process.

By MAGGIE SEVERNS | 8/28/14 9:34 PM EDT Updated: 8/29/14 9:15 AM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Thursday affirmed a tentative June ruling that struck down five laws governing job protections for teachers in California.

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By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
August 28, 2014

To address the problem of rape on campuses, California colleges and universities would have to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sexual activity under a proposal passed by state lawmakers Thursday.

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By Nick Anderson
August 25, 2014  at 12:01 AM

The top universities in the latest rankings look much the same as they did a year ago, with only slight ups and downs.

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CabinetReport: LAO review reveals more good budget news

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August 07, 2014
by Tom Chorneau

(Calif.) With the dust settling on this summer’s budget agreement and work complete on related trailer bills, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst issued this week its most thorough review to date on exactly what was done.

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LATimes: New database details pay of California public school employees

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By Stephen Ceasar
July 27, 2014

Last year, James Hammond, the superintendent of the Montclair-Ontario Unified School District in the Inland Empire, was paid $492,077. Jonathan Eagan, the principal of a junior high school in the Bay Area city of Martinez made $279,669.

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DailyBulletin: Ontario-Montclair schools superintendent James Hammond made $492K

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By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/25/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

The superintendent of the Ontario-Montclair School District is one of the most highly compensated superintendents in the state of California, according to data on public schools salaries published this week.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/19/14, 10:25 AM PDT |

Rialto >> When former Rialto Unified Superintendent Harold Cebrun agreed he would leave his job at the end of March, he and the school board agreed: Neither would say a disparaging word about the other. Three months later, the district has paid out more than $30,000 for violating that non-disparagement clause.

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LATimes: UCLA to pay $500,000 settlement in judge’s police brutality claim

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Larry Gordon
July 11, 2014

UCLA has agreed to pay $500,000, including $350,000 in scholarships, to settle a claim by a prominent African American judge over alleged mistreatment and racial profiling by campus police during a traffic stop last year, officials announced Friday.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 07/05/14, 2:54 PM PDT | Updated: 36 secs ago

Rialto Unified officials agreed with outgoing Superintendent Harold Cebrun that any future bad-mouthing will be costly, according to Cebrun’s separation agreement with the district.

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LATimes: Teachers’ checks shrink a bit as California tackles pension shortfall

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Chris Megerian
June 28, 2014

When fifth-grade teacher Maggie Ellis receives her next paycheck at the end of the month, it will be a bit lighter. That’s because she’ll be contributing more money to the teacher pension fund, a small part of a sweeping, long-term plan to repair one of the state’s most difficult financial problems.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown signs teacher pension fund bill

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday to begin paying down an estimated shortfall of more than $74 billion in the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, acting on the last of a raft of budget-related bills ahead of the July 1 start of the next fiscal year.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified to pay James Wallace $171k on administrative leave

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 06/17/14, 8:28 PM PDT | Updated: 57 secs ago

RIALTO >> Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will earn $170,501 in the 2014-15 school year for the same job he’s done since Sept. 14: staying home.

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By Ed Mendel
Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Full funding of the troubled California State Teachers Retirement System was approved by the Legislature last weekend, with most of the additional $5 billion coming from school districts that get no offsetting money from the state.

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SFChronicle: Politicians don’t make a peep on teacher tenure ruling

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Phillip Matier And Andrew Ross
Updated 2:01 pm, Sunday, June 15, 2014

Rarely has a major court decision been met with such stony silence by California politicians as the ruling declaring that the state’s teacher tenure laws hurt poor and minority-heavy schools and are unconstitutional.

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InlandPolitics: California Charter Academy case reaches seven-year mark

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Friday, June 13, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

The case, stemming from a 2007 criminal indictment of former officials of the now-defunct California Charter Academy, will now reach the seven-year mark.

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
June 12, 2014

Against the backdrop of a ruling declaring California’s teacher dismissal rules unconstitutional, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown legislation speeding the teacher firing process.

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LATimes: California teacher tenure is struck down: Expect years of appeals

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A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional.

Howard Blume, Stephen Ceasar
June 11, 2104

The ruling Tuesday by a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that struck down job protections for teachers in California as unconstitutional will undoubtedly spawn a series of appeals that could last years before a final outcome is reached.

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California Seal

By Jessica Calefati
jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com

Posted: 06/10/2014 06:51:33 PM PDT
Updated: 06/10/2014 08:04:40 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — The knockdown, drag-out partisan fights, stretching on for months, are history. These days, state budget negotiations are downright cordial.

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By Edvard Pettersson
Jun 10, 2014 9:01 PM PT

California’s two biggest teacher unions lost the first round in the broadest court challenge yet to state laws protecting teachers’ jobs, setting the stage for what could be a lengthy appeal.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014 – 10:40 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Jun. 11, 2014 – 8:13 am

A sociopolitical bomb exploded in a Los Angeles courtroom Tuesday when a judge declared that five key job protection laws for teachers are unconstitutional because they violate the rights of 6 million public school students to receive effective educations.

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Student Loan Debt

By MARK LANDLER
JUNE 9, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Obama signed an executive order on Monday intended to lessen the college loan burden on nearly five million younger Americans by capping repayments at 10 percent of the borrowers’ monthly income.

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The PE: CAL STATE: Plans announced to hire 700 faculty

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The San Bernardino campus would add about 20 new positions over the next two years

Published: June 2, 2014 Updated: 10:29 p.m.

The Cal State system plans to hire up to 700 full-time teachers as part of an effort to increase graduation rates and ease wait times for high-demand classes, a CSU official said Monday.

To read story by Lauren Williams in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Politico: Hillary Clinton allies prep for Benghazi

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By JAKE SHERMAN and MAGGIE HABERMAN | 5/30/14 4:28 PM EDT Updated: 5/30/14 5:51 PM EDT

Senior aides to Hillary Clinton told a group of Democratic foreign policy hands that they want to move past litigating the facts of the deadly attack in Benghazi, and detailed plans to streamline their messaging in the coming months.

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ESRI

By Beau Yarbrough, The Sun
Posted: 05/27/14, 10:02 PM PDT | Updated: 12 secs ago

Redlands technology company Esri is pledging $1 billion to make its mapping software available for free to more than 100,000 public schools, the company president announced Tuesday.

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LATimes: Teacher pension fund investments could fall short, Brown says

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Gov. Jerry Brown outlines his plan to fix the teacher pension fund’s $73.7- billion shortfall at a May 13 briefing. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Chris Megerian
May 21, 2014

When Gov. Jerry Brown released his plan for repairing California’s troubled teacher retirement system, his calculations assumed the pension fund would see investment returns of 7.5% over the next three decades.

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LATimes: Bailout for teachers’ pensions to cost California school districts

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Howard Blume, Chris Megerian
May 20, 2014

California’s public school districts could face difficult cutbacks if state officials move forward with a plan to bail out the retirement fund for teachers, officials and educators say, but even those painful steps may fall short of curing the pension deficit if investments don’t meet expectations.

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METRO

By Daniel Borenstein, staff columnist
Posted: 05/17/2014 09:00:00 AM PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown last week proposed the first substantive strategy to shore up the state’s woefully underfunded teacher pension plan.

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WashPost: As economy improves, so do job prospects for new graduates

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By Sarah Halzack
Saturday, May 17, 2014

It’s college graduation season, meaning throngs of young workers with freshly minted diplomas are hustling to land their first jobs. As the economy continues to slowly improve, it appears the class of 2014 is facing a sunnier job market for entry-level workers than was seen last year, with demand especially concentrated in the business and information technology areas.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified: Top managers out at troubled district

Rialto Unified School District

Felix Avila. Rialto Unified’s associate superintendent of personnel services, resigned earlier this month, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Susan Levine and Deputy Superintendent James Wallace will not have their contracts renewed after the coming 2014-15 school year.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/15/14, 7:08 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> As a long, tumultuous 2013-14 school year comes to an end, the school district has dramatically shaken up its top-level management, with one associate superintendent resigning and two more top level officials being told their contracts will not be renewed.

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Calpensions: Brown CalSTRS plan: schools get biggest rate hike

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By Ed Mendel
May 14, 2014

Gov. Brown yesterday made a long-delayed proposal to get CalSTRS to full funding over the next three decades, giving the biggest rate hike to schools and smaller increases to the state and teachers.

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Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/07/14, 7:10 PM PDT | Updated: 3 hrs ago

Rialto >> For the first time since news broke of a controversial Holocaust essay assignment, the Rialto Unified School District school board took “full responsibility” for the task Wednesday night, telling a packed board chamber that the assignment was “horribly inappropriate.”

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Rialto Unified School District

Rialto Unified assigned a project in which students argued whether the Holocaust was real or fictional to all eighth-graders this spring, according to the district’s spokeswoman.

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 05/04/14, 5:39 PM PDT |

RIALTO >> The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.”

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Three seek office of county schools chief

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May 03, 2014; 10:55 AM

Three career educators are vying to be the top educational official in San Bernardino County in the June 3 election.

The current San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, Gary Thomas, is retiring. His replacement will be elected to a four-year term.

To read story by Erin Waldner in The Press Enterprise, click here.

Pitzer College

By City News Service
Posted: 05/02/14, 11:11 AM PDT |

CLAREMONT — A $1 million gift to Pitzer College from philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad will support an endowed financial aid scholarship named after the couple, the school announced today.

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InlandPolitics: Zellerbach reverses course

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Friday, May 2, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach will now attend a moderated debate with challenger Paul Hestrin, scheduled for today at Noon, at the Riverside County Bar Association.

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SacBee: UC Riverside is best college value, according to Time

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
April 30, 2014

High school seniors and their parents face that difficult question annually, but Time magazine may have found the surprising answer: University of California, Riverside.

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DailyBulletin: Rialto Unified recall group: Audit reports final straw

Rialto Unified School District

By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 04/26/14, 8:09 PM PDT | Updated: 11 hrs ago

Rialto >> After months of chaos, the straw that broke the camel’s back for a group of Rialto residents came with the January release of two audits that depicted a district out of control.

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LATimes: Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

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By David G. Savage
April 22, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on the use of racial affirmative action in its state universities Tuesday, ruling that voters are entitled to decide the issue.

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LATimes: Student debt holds back many would-be home buyers

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Of the many factors holding back young home buyers — rising prices, tougher lending standards, a still-shaky job market — none looms larger than the recent explosion of college debt.

By Tim Logan
April 19, 2014, 6:33 p.m.

Sarah Luna wants to buy a home in up-and-coming northeast Los Angeles before it’s too late.

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VVDailyPress: Reddy puts $40 million into nonprofit medical school

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April 14, 2014 12:59 PM
BROOKE SELF, STAFF WRITER

COLTON • A local group of doctors and community officials announced plans Monday to develop a privately-funded, nonprofit medical school in Colton.

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Calpensions: CalSTRS members get $300 million from surplus

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By Ed Mendel
Monday, April 7, 2014

On a split vote, the CalSTRS board last week gave members in two unusual retirement accounts, which have a guaranteed minimum return, a $300 million credit from a surplus.

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 03/27/14, 6:49 PM PDT |

Rialto >> After Judith Marie Oakes was arrested Aug. 7 on suspicion of embezzling more than a million dollars in lunch money, no one in Rialto Unified mentioned it in an email, a memo or even a Post-It Note, according to district officials.

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VVDailyPress: VVC deficit expected to grow to $6.3 million

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March 21, 2014 10:31 PM
Brooke Self, Staff Writer

VICTORVILLE • The fight over Victor Valley College’s accreditation in recent months has been closely linked to its finances, forcing college officials to confront a structural budget deficit that is projected to balloon to $6.3 million this year.

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LATimes: Delays would mean bigger costs for shoring up teacher pension fund

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By Chris Megerian
March 19, 2014, 2:17 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — The longer California’s leaders delay shoring up the cash-strapped teacher pension fund, the more money it will cost taxpayers in the long run, according to an analysis presented to lawmakers on Wednesday.

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