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Stories by Kyla Calvert

California Won't Lose Federal Funds For Testing

California won't be sanctioned for forgoing its old, multiple-choice standardized tests in favor of pilot testing new online exams in the state's public schools this year.

San Diego Student Robots Launch Balls, Careers

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Sixty high school teams are putting the finishing touches on the robots they built for the two days of tournaments at San Diego's annual FIRST Robotics Competition.

San Diego County Preschools Ask What It Means To Be High-Quality

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President Barack Obama is pushing the idea of free, high-quality preschool for every 4-year-old. Some San Diego County preschools are playing a role in defining what that might look like.

Alpine Teachers Back To Class After Union, District Reach Deal

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Alpine teachers are back in class this morning after the union reached a deal with the school district Tuesday.

Alpine Teachers, District Head Back To Bargaining Table

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Union leaders and district managers in Alpine could return to negotiations on the second day of a teacher strike.

San Diego Students Looking For Shorter Time To Degree Head Across Border

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Competition for seats in the state’s overenrolled classes has students looking toward Tijuana.

Alpine Teachers Strike After Union-District Negotiations Fail

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Alpine Union School District's 91 teachers hit the picket lines Thursday after salary negotiations failed.

Alpine Teachers Plan Strike After Contract Negotiations Fail With District

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Alpine School District strike will be the first teachers' strike in San Diego County in about 18 years. District staff took nearly a 5 percent pay cut three years in a row prior to the contract negotiations.

Bus Tour Pushing Preschool Spending Starts In San Diego

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Early education advocates kick off their statewide bus tour in San Diego.

Negotiations Resume Over Alpine Teacher Contract

Teachers have already rejected one deal and authorized a strike in Alpine. Negotiations resume Tuesday.

San Diego Students Adjusting To New Expectations For GED

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Research shows people who pass the test General Educational Development test earn less than high school grads and were less likely to go to college.

San Diego Unified's Problems Are Harvard Students' Laboratory

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Harvard doctoral students will put their classroom lessons to work by finding solutions to the challenges facing San Diego's schools.

City Heights Schools Look To Share Attendance Success

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Getting kids to school every day is important for their academic success and for schools’ bottom lines.

San Diego Schools To Return To 180-Day School Year

An improving financial picture for California schools will mean more days in class for San Diego students.

San Diego Lawmakers Want More Of California's Youngest Students In Class

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Two San Diego state legislators are pushing bills to expand education for California’s youngest students.

San Diego Students Pushed To Apply For College Aid

Local politicians remind students the window to apply for state and federal financial student aid is open now through March 2.

Clairemont Teacher Looks To Turn U.S. Presidency Collection Into Touring Exhibit

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Like any longtime teacher, Jim Fletcher has lessons and materials he relies on every year — but for Fletcher that includes a 40,000-piece collection of U.S. presidential memorabilia.

SDSU Students Asked To Fund Faculty Hires

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San Diego State students will be asked to consider a new fee of up to $500 per semester to boost faculty hiring.

San Diego Schools Mull Best Use Of Funding Influx

Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal for the coming year could mean new programs and services in San Diego city schools.

California School Districts Given New, More Flexible Spending Guidelines

California school districts now have to draw up first-of-their kind spending plans under new statewide rules.

San Diego State University Graduation Rates Get Praise

San Diego State has been singled out for its success in improving graduation rates.

San Diego Charter School To Close In Middle of School Year

In the second such closure in less than a year, the leaders of one of the San Diego's 49 charter schools has volunteered to close down.

Transgender Law Reaffirms San Diego Schools' Approach, Says Board President

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A new law granting access to school facilities and programs based on gender-identity instead of biological sex will be in place when San Diego students return to schools on Monday.

San Diego Schools Scores Go Up On National Exams Yet Racial Gap Remains

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San Diego results on national tests of math and reading show higher scores for all students, but gaps between racial and socioeconomic groups remain.

San Diego County Students Receive First Dream Act CalGrant Awards

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California lawmakers passed the state’s Dream Act more than two years ago. This was the first semester students who are in the country illegally were eligible for state financial aid.

New Rules Could Cost Low-Income San Diego Schools Millions In Funding

Counting low-income students is a barrier to getting additional funding intended to support those students under California's new funding system.

California Parents In Dark About New School-Funding System

While only 9 percent of parents reported having heard a lot about California's new funding system, about 75 percent said they would be willing to helping direct spending plans once it was explained to them.

San Diego Police: Parents Front Line Of Defense Against Teen Sexting

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Dozens of San Diego County teenagers were caught recently sharing illicit photos of classmates through text messages. We look at how police say parents should react, and one family’s takeaway.

Students Get Last-Minute Help Before UC, CSU Application Deadline On Saturday

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UC and CSU applications are due Saturday and some San Diego County students received help in making sure their i's were dotted and t's were crossed.

San Diegan Zarko Perovic To Study War Crime Prevention As Rhodes Scholar

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Zarko Perovic, a Torrey Pines High School grad, is among the 2014 Rhodes Scholars.

History Of First African-American Marines Preserved By San Diego Students

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San Diego city schools students and their parents are working on a project to fill in gaps in the history books.

Common Core Funds Focus On Training San Diego Teachers

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Money to roll out the new Common Core curriculum in San Diego city schools will go mostly to train teachers on the new approach to education.

Chula Vista Schools Share How To Reduce Waist Sizes Of A Student Body

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Chula Vista Elementary schools are sharing the steps they took to help students adopt healthier lifestyles.

Chula Vista Students Raise $18,000 For Gun Violence Documentary

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High school students in Chula Vista have raised more than $18,000 to fund a documentary that asks, what can be done to curb gun violence?

CSU San Marcos Makes Room For Veterans Center

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CSUSM President Karen Haynes said school faculty and staff take pride in the many recognitions the campus has received for being one of the country's most veteran friendly.

San Diego High Classes Grow Into Sustainable Balboa Park Garden

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Students in San Diego High’s Green Tech program madeover the planter beds surrounding Balboa Park’s Automotive Museum on Thursday.

Teen 'Sexting' Could Result In Criminal Charges, San Diego Police Say

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Schools legally can’t access student’s personal devices, so San Diego police say it’s up to parents to monitor how minors are using phones, social media and the Internet.

Three Serra High Employees Suspended Over Blackface Halloween Costumes

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A coach, an assistant coach and a teacher are suspended without pay for two days after being spotted dressed as members of the Jamaican bobsled team depicted in the movie "Cool Runnings."

Legal Battle Over Encinitas Yoga Continues

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This summer a Superior Court judge ruled the yoga program is not religious and can continue but an Escondido-based attorney filed an appeal.

UC San Diego Professors Test Waters of Massive, Open Online Learning

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Elite universities have been experimenting with massive, open, online courses, or MOOCs, for a couple of years now. UC San Diego is joining them.

Feds Threaten To Withhold School Funding Over California Testing Plan

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The U.S. Department of Education threatens to pull millions in federal funding for California school districts if last year's tests aren't used by schools.

Talking About Numbers, Not Just Counting, Builds Kids' Understanding

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New research shows talking to young children about numbers might help them understand what the words one, two and three mean, better than counting.

Kearny High Showcases Linked Learning

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An event at Kearny High kicks off a statewide showcase of programs that connect high school students to career pathways.

Student Academics One Driver Of SDSU Housing Growth

With the purchase of a new apartment building, San Diego State University adds more space to its on-campus housing.

San Diego Schools Slow To Improve Planning For Special Education Students' Futures

For years, San Diego Unified has been out of compliance with federal requirements for students in special education.

UCSD Tells SD High Schoolers They Can 'Achieve UC'

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UC San Diego chancellor visits city schools as part of an annual "Achieve UC" outreach effort.

How Common Core Is Changing Classrooms Across San Diego

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Major changes are coming to classrooms across San Diego County and California this year. Schools are switching to new math and English standards that promise to improve students’ critical thinking and to better prepare them for college and career.

Diversifying San Diego Schools Staff Gets Renewed Attention

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San Diego Unified has struggled to diversify school and district staff.

CSU, SDSU Look To Chip Away At Maintenance Backlog

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Cal State campuses, including SDSU, are looking to address their long list of deferred maintenance.

Extended Government Shutdown Could Slow University Research Funding

Government shutdown will leave most public schools largely untouched, as long as it doesn't last too long.

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