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Stories by Kyla Calvert

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Grand Jury: Alpine Residents Deserve Answer On High School Construction

May 21, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Alpine residents have been calling on Grossmont Union High School District to build a high school in their community for at least 15 years.

South Bay Schools Select New Superintendent

May 20, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

South Bay Union School District trustees have selected a Solana Beach administrator as the district's next superintendent.

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Latinos Hardest Hit By Community College Class Shortages

May 20, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Latinos are a fast-growing portion of the California Community College student body, so the system's lack of space squeezes them most.

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May Budget Revise: Governor Brown Proposes $1B For New School Standards

May 14, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and JULIET WILLIAMS / Associated Press

Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing giving California school districts an additional $1 billion to implement new, more rigorous academic standards and $240 million more for his sweeping school funding overhaul.

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San Marcos Helps CSU Reach Out To American Indian Students

May 13, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

CSU San Marcos helped the California State University system create its first brochure in one of the state's indigenous languages.

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San Marcos Students Protest University Response to 'Cholas' Photos

May 9, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Some Cal State San Marcos students staged a sit-in Thursday, saying the university's response to insensitive sorority photos was inadequate.

Grand Jury Questions San Diego Unified Action Center

May 7, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified's website section called the "Education Issue Action Center" may violate state education laws that prohibit political activity on the part of on-duty schools staff.

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San Diego County Schools Get Future Testing Sneak Peek

May 6, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego County students get to see what taking a test without pencil and paper will be like.

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New Graduation Requirements Will Require Support

April 25, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

A study examines San Diego Unified's new graduation requirements.

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SDSU Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Visit

April 23, 2013
By Kyla Calvert, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

Kennedy's 1963 visit was more than pomp and circumstance -- it helped shaped the SDSU of today.

Local For-Profit University Pays Financial Aid Fraud Settlement

April 16, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Chula Vista-based United States University pays settlement in federal financial aid fraud case.

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Students Learning Programming Like Magic

April 12, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Computer science graduate students at UCSD are bringing the basics of computer programing to elementary schoolers.

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Community College Scorecards Show Struggle To Serve The Unprepared

April 10, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

California Community Colleges unveil online accountability reports for campuses in the system.

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Graduation Rates Inch Up Across State, San Diego County

April 9, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

High school graduation rates are up for a second year in a row in California and San Diego County.

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Some SD Schools Shy Away From Suspensions

April 8, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified had one of the highest concentrations of schools with low suspension rates according to a new report.

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Marten Leaves Central Elementary For Central Office

April 1, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Cindy Marten, San Diego Unified's next superintendent begins training for her new role this week.

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Sen. Boxer Pushes For School Safety Legislation In San Diego

March 28, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

California Senator Barbara Boxer promoted school safety legislation in Barrio Logan on Thursday.

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San Diego School District Nominated For National Award

March 28, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

San Diego Unified School District was named today as one of four finalists for the 2013 Broad Prize for Urban Education, which could lead to a $550,000 award.

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Overspending Closes Troubled San Diego Charter School

March 27, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Leaders of the Nubia Leadership Academy have voted to close the school at the end of the year, just one year after its charter was renewed provisionally by the San Diego Unified Board of Education.

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Community College Enrollment at 20-Year Low

March 26, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

California community colleges hit a 20-year enrollment low thanks to state funding cuts.

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Rady Students Make Second Investment For Venture Fund

March 25, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

A student-led venture capital fund at UC San Diego's Rady School of Management teaches students the ins and outs of start-ups.

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New Classes Target Students Who Struggle To Master English

March 25, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified School District is piloting classes for students who have spent years in U.S. schools without mastering English.

Linked Learning Study Shows Narrowing of Achievement Gap

March 22, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Case studies document academic gains in high schools where learning is linked to careers.

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Work To Reduce Chula Vista Students' Obesity Is Paying Off

March 15, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Efforts to reduce childhood obesity in Chula Vista schools appear to be paying off.

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Einstein's Birthday A Cause For Innovation

March 14, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego students celebrated Albert Einstein's birthday by exploring the connection between science and business.

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Superintendent Contract Includes Four Years Of Raises

March 12, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and SARAH SAPEDA, City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education tonight unanimously approved the four-year contract of Cindy Marten to become superintendent.

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Back Together Again: Crawford Students Adjust to Consolidated Campus

March 12, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Smaller schools were supposed to solve Crawford High School's academic and enrollment problems. Now, being a traditional high school is supposed to do the same.

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Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Adding High-Demand Courses

March 11, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District is adding short-term, high-demand classes to their offerings midterm.

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Parents Show Support For San Diego Schools Superintendent

March 5, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified parents are joining San Diego Unified's incoming superintendent, Cindy Marten, to announce a new partnership.

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Elementary School Principal Named New San Diego Unified Superintendent

Feb. 27, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

The principal of Central Elementary School will succeed San Diego Unified Superintendent Bill Kowba, the San Diego Unified School District announced Wednesday.

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Car Eases Road To A Degree For San Diego Teen

Feb. 26, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

One student's road to a college degree just got a little easier.

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Brown Releases Details, Projections For School Funding Overhaul

Feb. 22, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Gov. Jerry Brown has released the details of his plan to overhaul school funding.

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Encinitas Parents Sue To Stop In-School Yoga

Feb. 20, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

The Escondido-based National Center for Law & Policy has filed suit against the Encinitas school district, claiming the district's yoga classes are religious.

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San Diego School Board Hears Details Of First Pink Slip-Free Budget

Feb. 19, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified trustees will hear details of the district's budget planning at their Tuesday night meeting.

Educator Conference Focuses On Supporting LGBT Students

Feb. 18, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

The fourth annual national conference for educators serving homosexual and queer youth was held in San Diego.

San Diego Teacher Arrested, Charged With Possessing Weapons At School

Feb. 12, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

Seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher Ned Carter Walker was arrested Monday on charges of possessing multiple weapons on a San Diego Unified campus.

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Mountain Manhunt For Ex-Cop Accused Of Killing 3 Continues

Feb. 7, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and KPBS News and Associated Press

An ex-Los Angeles police officer who authorities say went on a killing spree to punish those he blamed for his firing killed three people and set off a manhunt.

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Need For Unique Teachers Led To Unique Graduate School

Feb. 6, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Training their own teachers to lead unconventional classes led High Tech High charter schools to create its own unconventional graduate school.

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Cell Tower Concerns Rattle School Community

Jan. 30, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Parents at an Encinitas school were alarmed to learn there are more than a dozen cell towers near to their kids’ classrooms.

Alpine Schools Will Offer Bilingual Program

Jan. 28, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Alpine Union Elementary School district will start its first bilingual program next fall.

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ACLU Pushing For English Classes For 20,000 California Kids

Jan. 24, 2013
By Amita Sharma, Kyla Calvert, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The ACLU says the number of students not receiving English language instruction in California schools is unacceptable.

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School Board Votes To Avoid Employee Layoffs Despite $90 Million Deficit

Jan. 22, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District board began its annual budget process today with a 4-0 vote to avoid employee layoffs when offsetting a nearly $90 million deficit projected for the 2013-14 academic year, based on figures from Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed state budget.

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San Diego Psychologists To Play Role In Improving School Safety

Jan. 22, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Two weeks after agreeing to review school site safety, the San Diego Unified Board of Education will consider another plan to prevent tragedies like the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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San Diego School Board To Vote On Resolution Opposing San Onofre

Jan. 21, 2013
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

The San Diego Unified School District Board of Education will consider a resolution tomorrow opposing the proposed restart of a reactor at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station until its operator undergoes a rigorous license amendment process.

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Brown's Budget Brings Relief For San Diego Education Leaders

Jan. 10, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego education leaders reacted positively to Governor Jerry Brown's proposed changes to school and higher education funding.

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New State Exams Will Test Critical Thinking, Problem Solving

Jan. 8, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

California will start phasing out multiple-choice, bubble-in tests next year.

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SDSU's Confucius Institute Honored With Grant

Jan. 7, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

Confucius Institute at San Diego State University has earned international recognition.

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Controversy Won't Stall Encinitas Yoga Plans

Jan. 2, 2013
By Kyla Calvert

School board meetings, crowded with parents supporting and opposing an in-school yoga program, haven't changed the Encinitas district's plans.

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New Year's Checkpoints Start Friday In San Diego County

Dec. 28, 2012
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

San Diego County law enforcement will be conducting DUI checkpoints Friday through New Year's Day.

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Carbon Monoxide Monitor Requirement Expands To Apartments

Dec. 27, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Apartments and condominiums in California will have to have carbon monoxide monitors in the new year.