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Stories for August 14, 2006

President Bush to sign bill preserving the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial

Aug. 14
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today, President Bush is expected to sign a bill passed by the Senate that would transfer the Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial to the federal government.

Oceanside superintendent becomes president of California Board of Education

Aug. 14
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Tom Fudge speaks with Ken Noonan, Oceanside Unified School District superintendent, about bilingual education, improving student test scores, and the future of education in California.

President Bush to sign Mt. Soledad Cross legislation

Aug. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Today promises to be a major landmark in the 17 year long battle over San Diego's Mount Soledad Cross. President George Bush is scheduled to sign legislation in the Oval Office to annex the land under the Cross, and put it under the control of the Federal Department of Defense. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

New school superintendent discusses student achievement gap

Aug. 14
By Dwane Brown and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About 40 percent of Black and Latino students in California never finish high school. State officials say that number might be even higher because they have no accurate way of measuring the dropout rate. As San Diego County's new schools superintendent Randy Ward starts his job today he spoke with KPBS Morning Anchor Dwane Brown about the student achievement gap and the difficulties he faced as a state receiver in turning around the $60 million deficit in the Oakland School system.

Local teacher uses 'math rap' to help students learn

Aug. 14
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Middle school math teacher Alex Kajitani becomes the Rappin' Mathematician to motivate students to do well in school, study hard, and stay positive.

Mt. Soledad cross standing on federal ground

Aug. 14
By Alison St John and KPBS Public Broadcasting

San Diego's Mount Soledad cross now stands on federal, not city, owned land. President Bush signed legislation authorizing the transfer effective immediately. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more

San Diego Airport Authority finalizes ballot language

Aug. 14
By Tom Fudge and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The San Diego Regional Airport Authority has delivered the final ballot language to the Registrar of Voters. Tom Fudge speaks with local journalists about what to expect between now and the vote.

Immigration hearing focuses on the cost of immigrants

Aug. 14
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

How much illegal immigrants costs states and counties was the focus of Monday's immigration hearing in San Diego. It was the last of four immigration hearings House Republicans have held in the county this summer. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.