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Stories by Kyla Calvert

How A Federal Grant For Promise Neighborhoods Is Changing A Chula Vista Community

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Last year, a partnership of almost 30 organizations in Chula Vista's Castle Park neighborhood received a five-year grant to provide "cradle-to-career" support for the neighborhood’s children and families.

Will "High-Quality Customer Service" For San Diego Principals Mean High-Quality Schools?

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San Diego Unified School Superintendent Cindy Marten's vision for successful schools starts with the principals.

San Diego Schools Miss Out On Prestigious Education Award

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San Diego Unified is one of four finalist school districts for the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education. The honor was awarded to Houston Independent School District.

Duncan Applauds School Turnaround In Chula Vista

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan ended a back-to-school bus tour in Chula Vista Friday, and praised the district's success in raising attendance and test scores.

Rolling Recording Studio Promotes Music Education In Carlsbad

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The Museum Of Making Music hosted a traveling recording studio Tuesday.

California Could Speed Up Transition To Common Core Tests

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The plan to roll out new, online exams in California could be speeding up.

Bill To Limit Risky Bonds Waiting For Governor's Signature

A bill to limit school district use of risky capital appreciation bonds heads to the governor's desk.

Back To School For San Diego Students

Schools will go through lots of big changes this year, but on the first day of class, San Diego students were thinking about seeing their friends.

Unpacking Big Visions For High School In New Downtown Library

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Staff at e3 Civic High School, the charter school housed on the sixth and seventh floors of the new downtown library, were scrambling to get ready after moving in less than a week before the start of classes.

New School Standards Rolling Out Across San Diego County

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Principals from across San Diego County focus on how to lead schools through large shifts in teaching and learning.

Campaign Says No More Excuses For Violence Against Women

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San Diego groups kicks off campaign to end violence against women.

Torlakson Tells San Diego Educators Science Class Ready For Revival

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Forum focuses on training San Diego students for STEM careers.

California Schools Under Less Pressure, But Recession Cuts Linger

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An improving economy is lessening some pressures on California's schools, but challenges remain after years of state funding cuts.

San Diego Leaders Tell Peters, Hoyer What Innovation Economy Needs From Congress

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How can Congress support local innovation? Congressman Peters led a forum to discuss just that.

City College Math, Science Majors Get Head Start At Summer Academy

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Summer bridging programs are one way community colleges are trying to help students be more successful.

San Diego Community Colleges Adding Classes, Services

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San Diego County's community colleges are adding classes and services after years of cuts.

San Diego School Brings In Chinese Students For Summer Classes On College Prep

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A San Diego private school drew in Chinese campers this summer for an intensive program on applying to American colleges.

Marines Get Geopolitical Crash Course At UC San Diego Before Deployment

UC San Diego's School of International Relations and Pacific Studies hosted officers from Camp Pendleton's 1st Battalion, 4th Marines Monday

Students From 10 San Diego County Schools Post Photos Of Standardized Tests Online

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For the second year in a row, students at more than 200 schools across California posted images of state standardized tests online. Students at 10 middle and high schools in San Diego county posted photos.

San Diego Schools Academic Chief Tapped To Lead Bay Area District

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Lots of summer leadership turn over for San Diego Unified.

San Diegans Weigh In On New School Funding System

San Diegans weigh in on rules for new school funding system.

Some Test Scores Slip Across State, County

California students' passing rates slip slightly on state standardized tests.

San Diego Unified Honors Summer Grads

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San Diego Unified held its ninth annual summer commencement ceremony.

Summer Vacations On Campus One Way UCSD Reaching Out To Alums

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Most public universities have traditionally spent less time fostering relationships with alums than private universities, but some at UC San Diego think changing that is key to the long-term strength of the campus.

Imperial Valley, Other Southern California Colleges Given Accreditation Warning

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Imperial Valley College was one of six California community colleges to be given an accreditation warning earlier this month.

Grant Supports Military-Dependent Students In San Diego Schools

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Department of Defense grant will support English instruction and student health at five city schools.

Summit Focuses On Growing Diverse STEM Workforce In San Diego

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Industry representatives and local college staff look at how to pipe more minority and disadvantaged students into growing STEM fields.

Ashford Cuts Recruiting, Boosts Faculty To Win Accreditation

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Ashford University wins accreditation in California one year after denial.

Escondido Homeowners File Petition To Stop Development Of Closed Golf Course

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A group of Escondido homeowners has submitted to the city clerk a petition they say will preserve green space by preventing development on land that, until this spring, was a golf course.

Puppets, Marching Band Welcome City Heights Students

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Monroe Clark Middle School in City Heights held its eighth annual puppet parade Tuesday.

California Considers New Science Education Standards

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California could be the sixth state to adopt new voluntary, national guidelines for teaching science.

School Yoga Classes Not Religious, Judge Says

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The Encinitas Unified School District may continue to teach yoga to students after a judge ruled Monday that the instruction method was not religious.

Closing Arguments Begin In Encinitas School Yoga Trial

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Parents concerned that yoga is inherently religious sued Encinitas city schools to end in-school yoga classes that are part of the district’s physical education curriculum.

San Diego Campuses Try To Diversify Despite Affirmative Action Ban

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Local campuses target student pipeline to boost campus diversity.

Peters, Vargas Call For Action On Student Interest Rates

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Local Democratic Congressmen say it is time to act on keeping interest rates low for federal student loans.

New Site Tracks Community College Alumni Earnings

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California Community Colleges unveiled on Wednesday a site that tracks alumni earnings at Grossmont College.

San Diego Teacher Prep Programs Dismiss New Ratings

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A report rating 1,200 teacher preparation programs across the country gave only four California programs high marks. UC San Diego was among those standouts. But many are criticizing the report’s methods.

Family Brings School's Health Message Home

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With the National Childhood Obesity Conference convening in Long Beach, we check in on a San Diego County school district’s efforts to combat obesity and bring healthy habits into its schools.

Schools Will See More Dollars, New Funding System

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San Diego County school districts will now have to learn to manage budgets under a new system.

Bill Would Dedicate Some Revenue Surplus To Classroom Safety

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San Diego State Senator Joel Anderson is pushing for school safety spending that would kick in immediately.

Preschool Could Pave Way To School, Military Readiness

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Retired military leaders say an investment in early childhood education is an investment in national security.

Research Council Brings Recommendations For Strong Universities To UCSD

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UC San Diego hosted the only California forum on the National Research Council's report on strengthening the country's research universities.

San Diego Schools Narrow Racial Gap On AP Tests

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The Broad Foundation has singled out San Diego schools for narrowing the gap between African American and white students who take and pass Advanced Placement tests.

College Degrees Pay Off In California Despite Increasing Student Debt

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Students are graduating from college with more debt, but degrees still pay off, according to a new report.

Willful Defiance Suspensions Vary Widely Among San Diego County Districts

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In San Diego County, 42 percent of students suspensions in the last school year were for willful defiance. But districts vary widely in how often they used the category.

San Diego High Schools Will Share New Pools With Community

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San Diego Unified is looking to partner with community organizations to operate the district's first publicly funded swimming pools.

SDSU Certificate Breaks Down The Business Of Beer

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San Diego State will soon offer a certificate for anyone who has thought about turning an interest in local brews into a professional pursuit.

Students Map A Future For Themselves And Their Neighborhood

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Hoover High School students get hands-on experience reshaping their community.

Barrera Will Lead Labor Council, Remain On School Board

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Richard Barrera will take over as head of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council while remaining on San Diego Unified's Board of Education.

Researchers Size Up San Diego Schools For National Prize

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Broad Foundation researchers are in San Diego this week evaluating city schools for a prestigious national award.