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Published by Leader Services Logo Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Education protest leads to many arrests

Source: USA Today

A young woman is handcuffed by police.Dozens of protesters disputing cuts to higher education were arrested at the state Capitol Monday evening, March 5 after they refused to leave the building.

Demonstrators that included thousands of students had been protesting all day against steep tuition increases and fewer courses being offered at the state''s public universities. Many chanted "We're doing this for your kids."

Tuition has nearly doubled in the past five years to $13,000 for resident undergraduates at University of CA schools and to $6,400 at CA State University schools. Community college fees are also set to rise to by this summer.

Most of the 68 demonstrators arrested will be charged with trespassing, according to the California Highway Patrol.


Retiring educators to leave large gap in schools

Source: KGO-TV

Teachers standing by a blackboard.CA will face a double whammy in the next several years as more educators are reaching retirement age but newly credentialed teachers are declining for the seventh consecutive year.

According to a report by the Regional Educational Laboratory West at WestEd, more than 23 percent of educators, which encompasses teachers, school nurses, speech therapists and administrators, were ages 56 to 65 in 2009-10, up from 14.2 percent in 1995-96.

Meanwhile, the number of new teachers fell 6.5 percent to 18,734 in 2010-11 from the year prior. Since 2004-05, the number of teaching credentials issued has shrunk by one-third.


'Willful defiance' subject to wide interpretation in student suspensions

Source: EdSource Extra

A student getting repremanded by a teacher.CA uses a variety of largely undefined terms when suspending students, which can lead to misinterpretation by school officials, says one CA assemblyman.

The term "willful defiance" in particular is among the main reasons commonly cited when issuing a student's out-of-school suspension, and one that Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, chairman of the Assembly Committee on Youth Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development, wants to remove from state law as a reason students can receive these suspensions.

In Assembly Bill 2242, Dickinson claims the term is problematic. Under this category, students are sent home for anything from failing to turn in homework, not paying attention, or refusing to follow directions, take off a coat or hat, or swearing in class.


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Bill would require schools to set up dating abuse resources

Source: ABC News 10

Legislation is being considered that would require schools to establish a dating abuse policy as well as resources to help students.

Lara's bill (AB 1880) was named for the former Ms. Laguna Hills Teen 2012, who was in an abusive relationship but says the school would not help. According to the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, one in four teens report some type of abuse from a boyfriend or girlfriend each year.


State Supreme Court: Schools liable for hiring molesters

Source: SFGate

The CA Supreme Court ruled that a student who was molested by a high school counselor can sue the school for negligence.

According to the ruling, schools must take reasonable measures to guard pupils against harassment and abuse, including teachers or counselors they have reason to know are prone to abuse.

The 14-year-old plaintiff claimed school officials knew, or should have known, that the counselor had a record of sexual contact with minors when they hired her.


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