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6:13 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Cal Poly faculty and students picket over administrative costs

Credit Brittany Graham

Several Cal Poly faculty members and students picketed on campus in front of the President's Administration building Thursday morning. 

They voiced concerns over the number of administrators hired in recent years at the rally. Dr. Belinda Morril is a temporary lecturer and serves as the Academic Senate Representative for part-time faculty. She said that something needs to change.

"We had people there who have been here for 30 years. They're ready to retire. They're not going to get anything out of this, other than to say...this is not the 'Mustang Way,' " said Morril.

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Education
5:59 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Monsanto and local agricultural reps to be panelists in GMO discussion

Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Representatives from opposite sides of the GMO debate will be at Cal Poly Tuesday.

The student group, Net Impact, is hosting a panel discussion about issues surrounding GMOs.

There will be a representative from Monsanto and members of the local agricultural community.

Amy Tran is an Economics major at Cal Poly and helped organize the panel. She said they aimed to make it as neutral as possible and that they want to inform students about GMOs and the future of food.

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Education
5:45 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

California Secretary of State to visit UCSB in effort to bolster voter turnout

Credit Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

California's Secretary of State Alex Padilla will be at UC Santa Barbara Thursday to speak with students about the importance of voting. 

Padilla said that he and a lot of others in the political world were dismayed by 2014's record low voter turnout in California.

He said that getting more people involved in the political process is important. With a school like UCSB, where there are thousands registered to vote, he said their participation, could really shape an election.

He said that getting people to participate is the tough part.

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Education
6:21 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Creationism in science class, Lucia Mar says 'right intent, wrong action'

Credit Arroyo Grande High School

An instructor at Arroyo Grande High School will no longer teach creationism in his science class, according to a spokesperson for the Lucia Mar Unified School District. The swift action comes following a parent's complaint and a request to fix the problem voiced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

The District says the teacher was using the evolution versus creationism argument as a teaching tool to get students engaged. But, at least one student didn't find the creationism focus appropriate for the subject matter.

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Education
5:01 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Cal Poly releases options for University's 20 year Master Plan

A land use concept diagram, part of Cal Poly's updated Master Plan.
Credit http://masterplan.calpoly.edu/

University leaders are sharing new plans for how to deal with an expanding Cal Poly over the next 20 years.

They are considering two versions for a Master Plan.

One continues with the quarter system, using an expanded campus. The other would use increased summer enrollment to handle more students.

Linda Dalton is the interim university planning officer

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Education
7:17 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Members of the Lucia Mar teachers union approve salary agreement

Members of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) voted to ratify a tentative agreement reached earlier this month with the Lucia Mar Unified School District.

Bargaining between LMUTA and the District had come down to the wire, with teachers threatening to strike within days.

"This is welcome news and the District congratulates LMUTA and its members for bringing our lengthy negotiations process to conclusion," the District said in a statement.

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Education
6:47 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Cal Poly holds listening session to address anger over faculty wages

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong holds a listening session with faculty members upset over salaries and the size of the university's administration.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong held a listening session with faculty members Thursday afternoon in an effort to stem growing anger over wages, and what's referred to as "administrative bloat."

Armstrong said the session went well, and that he heard a lot of "pent-up emotions" coming from faculty members who have not received salary adjustments for years. He did note that situation has now changed.

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Education
2:07 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

Meet your local college and university presidents

In the fall of 2014, KCBX News interviewed nearly every leader of the colleges and universities on the Central Coast. Our goal was to hear their visions for the campuses, find out what's new and on the horizon, and discover how they plan to deal with ongoing challenges.

The presidents of (from north to south) Hartnell, Cuesta, Cal Poly, Allan Hancock, and Santa Barbara City College all participated in our interview series. Use the interactive map to hear each one. 

We were unsuccessful in our efforts to book an interview with UC Santa Barbara's Chancellor Yang.

Education
5:16 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Cal Poly SLO works to bring faculty salaries closer to system's averages

Cal Poly faculty members can expect a boost in salary, according to a letter sent out Thursday by President Jeffery Armstrong.

In it, he says $2.5 million will go into salary adjustments over the next several years. This includes $500,000 this fiscal year, followed by $1 million next year.

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Education
5:12 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Lucia Mar School District and Teachers Union compromise to avoid strike

Credit Teachers Market

There is a potential contract in place after months of negotiations between a Central Coast school district and its teachers union. 

Both sides compromised to avoid a strike. Teachers in the Lucia Mar District which covers most of southern San Luis Obispo County were prepared to strike as early as next week over salary concerns.

A new agreement which still needs ratification by the union's members calls for a three percent salary increase starting April first and an additional three percent at the start of next year.

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Education
4:22 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

The purpose of public education

Broadcast date: 4/7/2015

In the debate over education’s costs, quality, and need for reform, we may have lost an understanding of its purpose. Tune in at 2 for a conversation about the state of education from pre-school through college. What do our children need to know, what experience do they need to gain, and how do we provide it? 

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Education
6:19 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

SBCC campus to discuss emotions surrounding controversial teepee art project

SBCC art students pose with their teepee structure.
Credit SBCC Facebook Page

A controversial art display at Santa Barbara City College last month will be the topic of a campus discussion on cultural sensitivity. It's scheduled for Tuesday, April 7.

Native American students were offended by a wooden teepee, constructed on campus by art students.

Representatives from the various sides met last month, resulting in the dismantling of the teepee a couple of days ahead of schedule.  SBCC President Dr. Lori Gaskin said that decision was made entirely by the students. 

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Education
6:54 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Cal Poly opens new center to help veterans with their education, careers

The official ribbon-cutting portion of Thursday's dedication ceremony for Cal Poly's Veterans Success Center.
Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

A new Veterans Success Center was officially dedicated Thursday on the Cal Poly campus. It's designed to help veterans and their dependents become successful students, and move on into their careers.

The number of vets and their dependents attending Cal Poly is on the rise with more than 300 enrolled in the 2014/2015 school year.

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Education
6:21 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Local high school robotics team headed to world champs

Team 973, The Greybots
Credit Greybots.com

Team 973 'The Greybots' from Atascadero High School recently qualified for the world championship competition in St. Louis, Mo. 

KCBX Reporter Jordan Bell speaks with the team captains of 973 about their experiences on the team and what this year's competition has in store. 

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Education
5:55 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Lucia Mar teachers authorize union to strike if negotiations with district fail

Supporters of the Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association picket for a salary increase.
Credit Change.org "Fairly pay our teachers" petition

The union representing teachers in the Lucia Mar School District now have authorization to initiate a strike, should negotiations reach that point.

The Lucia Mar Unified Teachers Association (LMUTA) announced the support from teachers following voting on Friday.

The teachers are asking for an increase in wages to bring salaries closer to those of their colleagues working in neighboring districts, including San Luis Coastal and Santa Maria-Bonita. Lucia Mar School District leaders say they can't afford the level that's being proposed, and have made their own offer.

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