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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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6:21 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Local high school robotics team headed to world champs

Team 973, The Greybots

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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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 "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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6:44 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Central Coast students head to Riverside for statewide mock trial finals

Credit Flickr member Douglas Palmer

Central Coast High School students are headed to Riverside on Friday to test their abilities in the courtroom. It's all part of the statewide California Mock Trial Finals.

San Marcos High School students in Santa Barbara are hoping to return with the winning trophy for the first time in nearly a decade. Those from Arroyo Grande High would like to bring it home to San Luis Obispo County for the first time ever.

But, no matter which California-based team wins this weekend, the students will walk away with tools for success later in life, according to their teachers.

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6:01 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

'All Clear' given for San Miguel schools following lockdown over gun shots

The all-clear was put in place Thursday afternoon for a couple of elementary schools in San Miguel that were put on lockdown during the noon hour.

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office says a report of shots fired in the area triggered the cautionary move.

The schools—Lillian Larsen and Almond Acres Charter Academy—were deemed safe after it was determined the sound of the shots had come from nearby Camp Roberts.

The National Guard was conducting live-fire exercises around the same time, according to the sheriff's report.

4:56 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Camp Hapitok's cancelled summer session—back on again

Credit Camp Hapitok website

Camp Hapitok, local camp for children with speech and language disorders, was expected to shut down this summer, but now may continue running. 

Recently, Friends of Hapitok announced the camp would have to shutter for the summer.

The problem was a county review found the camp's agreement opened the county up to liability issues. In order to be in compliance, the county needed to remove itself as the legal employer.

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6:11 pm
Mon March 9, 2015

Cal Poly investigating Saturday's roof collapse that injured several people

Aftermath of a roof collapse at Saturday morning's St. Fratty's Day party.
Credit San Luis Obispo Fire Department

Cal Poly's Greek system could be penalized following Saturday's roof collapse that injured several people, according to University spokesman Matt Lazier.

The incident happened during an annual early morning party known as Saint Fratty's Day, and appears to be the result of too many people standing on the structure.

Fraternities and sororities were placed on social probation back in January as modifications to party management policies were considered.

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5:57 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Why out-of-state student cap won't affect UCSB

Credit Wikipedia user: Coolcaesar

The University of California is putting a cap on the number of out-of-state students that can attend certain campuses next year. 

This new rule will not apply locally to UCSB. The number of non-resident students attending both Berkeley and UCLA will be capped at current levels  and UC San Diego will be held to 20 percent according to the new rule.

UCSB's non-resident percentage has more than doubled in the past five years at 9.2 percent last fall. The average for the UC system not counting those campuses under the cap program is six percent.

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