Education

Education
1:32 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

San Luis Coastal teachers and district reach a compromise

Credit Teachers Market

San Luis Coastal Unified School District teachers and district leaders recently reached a tentative agreement regarding workload and salaries.

Assistant superintendent of personnel, innovation and educational services, Rick Robinett, says that he hopes the members of the association and the school board will approve this three-year contract.

“The salient features are a four percent raise for teachers, retroactive to July 1 of 2014,” he says.

“Some clarification about prep time and putting preparation time into the contract for elementary school teachers.”

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Education
5:58 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

San Luis Coastal teachers and district prepare for Friday talks

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Teachers and district leaders are coming together Friday to hammer out differences over work load and salaries in the San Luis Coastal Unified School District. 

Paul Orton, President of the San Luis Coastal Teachers Association, says one of the biggest improvements they hope to achieve is the addition of more prep time. 

"K through 3 teachers have no time set aside in the contract for them to work on lessons, and with this Common Core new curriculum it's an incredible amount of work load," said Orton.

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Education
6:01 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

With cases closed in recent dorm evacuations, some students left wondering

The investigations are over in the cases of two Cal Poly dorm buildings that were evacuated in late January after students reported uncontrollable coughing.

The two incidents occurred within a week of each other. The first case was reported in Santa Lucia Hall on Jan.25  and the second in Fremont Hall on Jan. 31.

Ernie Paez is a Division Chief with the Office of the State Fire Marshall and says during both incidents the hazmat teams did what they were trained to do. They took a reading of the air using their monitors, but didn't find anything.

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Education
6:25 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Santa Maria-Bonita School District approves bilingual education

A new elementary school (yet to be named) scheduled to open in August, is the planned site for the district's upcoming dual immersion program.
Credit Santa Maria-Bonita School District

The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is moving forward with a plan to bring bilingual education to its students. The dual immersion program was approved by the superintendent and district board Thursday night.

The program will be set at the new elementary school, which is scheduled to open this August.

District Spokesperson Maggie White says the board chose not to initiate a program start date yet, but says it could go into effect as soon as the start of the next school year.

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Education
5:58 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Community college students can be expelled for off-campus crimes under new proposal

Central Coast State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) introduced a bill in Sacramento Monday aimed at cracking down on off-campus sexual assaults for community college students.

The UC and CSU systems already have the ability to address off-campus crimes and Sen. Jackson says those policies should extend to the state's community college campuses.

Under SB 186, students could be disciplined or even expelled for off-campus behaviors such as sexual assault, physical abuse, stalking and hazing, among others.

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Education
5:35 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Cuesta College secures accreditation for the next six years

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The organization that determines whether community colleges in the West are competent to teach students is clearing San Luis Obispo County's Cuesta College for the next six years.

The news is a relief for the institution, that in recent years hasn't always seen such favorable reviews.

The college has been working to maintain it's accreditation since 2008, when it was first placed on probation.

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Education
6:26 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Santa Maria-Bonita School District gets $1.8 million for math program

Students in the Santa Maria valley will soon be part of math program that uses real word applications to help teach the STEM curriculum.

The three year program pairs local teachers from the Santa Maria-Bonita School District up with the Cal Poly Mathematics department. The two have been working together since 2006.

Kate Reily, a mathematics professor at Cal Poly, says her department is excited for this newest opportunity to work with the school district.

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Education
5:45 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Free income tax help being provided by students at UCSB and Cal Poly

Credit Flickr member Chris Potter

Volunteers at both Cal Poly and UCSB are set to begin helping Central Coast residents prepare their tax returns—for free. The program is called VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance).

Levi Satterthwaite is part of the program at Cal Poly and says he's excited to be involved.

"As college seniors at Cal Poly we're trained and we're IRS certified to prepare tax returns and to help them out," said Satterthwaite. "It's a wonderful opportunity and we love to give back to the community."

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Education
1:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Students seek to start a conversation about sexual assault

A recent string of sexual assaults reported by Cal Poly students has left all greek life on social probation and one fraternity is no longer recognized by the university. Two students, Hannah Poplack and Nadine Leffler wrote a 'letter to the editor' of their school's newspaper in response an article about the university's disciplinary action. 

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Education
5:40 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Teachers upset over stalled salary talks with Lucia Mar School District

Students run toward the classrooms at Oceano Elementary School, one of the campuses within the Lucia Mar School District
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Teachers in San Luis Obispo County's Lucia Mar School District are preparing to show their frustration Tuesday night over a contract salary issue.

Their union, the California Teachers Association, is hoping to get roughly half of the district's 500 instructors to show up at the scheduled district board meeting in Arroyo Grande.

While the salary issue could boil over into a teachers' strike, Donna Kandel, President of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association says she's hoping it doesn't come to that.

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Education
12:04 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Teacher Laurie Woodward’s Anti-Bullying insights

Credit Tom Wilmer

Award winning educator and author, Laurie Woodward speaks with Tom Wilmer about her anti-bullying peace program and books. 

As a peace consultant, she helps educators and parents teach children how to stop bullying, avoid arguments, and maintain healthy friendships.

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Education
4:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Pilot bachelor's degree program at California community colleges limited in options

The Cuesta College campus in San Luis Obispo will not be among those taking part in a pilot program to offer bachelor's degrees.
Credit Cuesta College

Several community colleges throughout California are now set to become the first in the state to offer bachelor's degrees, however schools on the Central Coast are not currently among them.

A list of 15 pilot program schools was introduced Tuesday at the California Community Colleges Board of Governors meeting in Sacramento. 

Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo County chose not to formally apply, based on the program's restrictions.

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Education
5:49 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Paso Robles elementary schools placed on lockdown, cleared to reopen Friday

Concerned residents gather at police barricades near Pat Butler Elementary School on Nicklaus Street.
Credit Paco Guzman / Paso Robles Daily News

Two Paso Robles elementary schools will reopen as normal Friday morning, after both were put on lockdown Thursday for separate, unrelated causes.

Pat Butler Elementary School was the first affected, after two students reported they were threatened by an armed man near the campus during recess. The kids say the man was just outside the athletic field fence and had a shotgun or rifle.

The lockdown stayed in place until 2:15 Thursday afternoon, following an orchestrated search of the area.

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Education
5:55 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cal Poly Greek life on social probation after string of sexual assaults

Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A Cal Poly fraternity is no longer welcomed by the university and the rest of the Greek System, including both sororities and fraternities, is on social probation. 

The university announced the moves Tuesday, following the third sexual assault reported this academic year associated with Greek houses.

Keith Humphrey is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Cal Poly and says these cases are affecting the health and safety of students. Although the university has paused all social activities in response, regular chapter operations can continue.

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Promoting Education
2:07 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Hands in Nepal

Broadcast date: 1/15/2015

Seven years ago, Danny Chaffin, then only 19 years old, was volunteering in an orphanage in Kathmandu. It was here he learned about the dire social situation in Nepal. Danny found many children living in the city’s orphanages had been sent to Kathmandu by well-meaning parents, from remote rural villages, without schools, to receive an education. 

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