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Stories by Kyla Calvert

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2012: Top Health And Education Stories

Dec. 27, 2012
By Alison St John, Kenny Goldberg, Kyla Calvert, Peggy Pico

KPBS takes a look at the top health and education stories with KPBS reporters Kenny Goldberg and Kyla Calvert.

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San Diego Home Prices Up For Ninth Straight Month

Dec. 26, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Home prices were up for a ninth straight month in San Diego this October.

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San Diego Schools Get No Reprieve From No Child Left Behind

Dec. 26, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

California's application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind is facing rejection.

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San Diego Unified Gets High Marks For School Choice

Dec. 24, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified gets high marks for school choice and competition from the Brookings Institute.

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City Schools Serving Up Free Lunches Over Winter Break

Dec. 19, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified is serving free lunches at city recreation centers over the winter break.

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Schools Review Plans In Wake Of Connecticut Shootings

Dec. 14, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

School staff, teachers and parents across the country are grappling with how to respond to the tragic mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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Teach For America Coming To San Diego Schools For First Time

Dec. 12, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

After years of layoffs, San Diego school trustees are laying foundations for future teacher hiring.

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Prop 30 Revenue Remains Unknown As SD Unified Votes On First Budget

Dec. 12, 2012
By Kyla Calvert, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Peggy Pico

When California voters approved Proposition 30 in November, many thought the landmark tax measure meant the beginning of the end of school budget woes. Last night San Diego Unified School Board approved its first budget, which included more cuts to make up a $84 million deficit.

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San Diego Schools Still Planning For Cuts Despite New Taxes

Dec. 11, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

California school districts can't count on increased funding from Proposition 30 yet. San Diego Unified will make preliminary plans to close an $84 million deficit.

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San Diego State Applications Hit Record High

Dec. 5, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego State received more than 74,000 applications for fall 2013.

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Girls Gain Dating Violence Awareness, Filmmaking Skills

Dec. 5, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

A new program based in Linda Vista teaches girls filmmaking skills and how to spot the signs of an abusive relationship.

19 San Diego County Districts Relied On Risky Lending

Nov. 29, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Nearly half of San Diego County school and community college districts have used risky, long-term bonds to finance construction and maintenance spending.

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Tutoring Refugee Students And Their Parents

Nov. 28, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The International Rescue Committee expands education programs with a grant from the San Diego Women's Foundation.

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As Country Debates Teacher Evaluations, Poway Sticks With Peer Review

Nov. 26, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

While the country debates using student test scores to evaluate teachers, Poway Unified's teacher peer review program continues to draw attention.

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USD President Addresses Faculty Leaders After No Confidence Vote

Nov. 15, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Controversy over President Mary Lyons' decision to revoke a scholar's invitation to speak is still roiling the University of San Diego campus.

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School Nurses Spread Thin By Staffing Cuts

Nov. 15, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The days when every school had a full-time nurse are long gone for San Diego Unified School District. There was even more of a squeeze on the district’s remaining nurses when school started this year.

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Cal State Trustees To Consider Fee Hike

Nov. 12, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

California State University trustees will consider levying fees aimed at moving students through the system on a four-year timeline.

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School Board A Political Stepping Stone For Tuesday's Winners

Nov. 9, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

There were plenty of school board candidates for voters to pick from on Tuesday, but they also chose former school board members for higher office.

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San Diego School Bond Prop Z Passes, Other Bond Results Mixed

Nov. 6, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Kyla Calvert

Proposition Z, San Diego Unified’s school bond, passed with 60 percent of the vote Tuesday night. A 55 percent approval was required.

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Prop 30 Preserves School Days, Restores Classes In San Diego

Nov. 7, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Voters' approval of Proposition 30 means more school days, more classes and even refunds for San Diego County students.

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Governor's Tax Proposition Leading

Nov. 6, 2012
By Kyla Calvert, Susan Murphy

Gov. Jerry Brown's tax initiative, Proposition 30, is ahead 52 to 48 percent with more than half the state's precincts reporting..

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Evans, Foster Lead In San Diego Unified School Board Race

Nov. 6, 2012
By Claire Trageser, Kyla Calvert

In the race for seats on the San Diego Unified School Board, Marne Foster is leading Bill Ponder, and John Lee Evans is leading Mark Powell.

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Chula Vista Schools Revamp Food Events Under New Wellness Policy

Nov. 6, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Encouraging students to make healthier food choices is part of an ongoing wellness push at the Chula Vista Elementary School District. But it may be parents who have the most trouble adjusting.

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USD Blacklisting Speaker Over Gay Marriage Support Creates Fallout

Nov. 5, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The University of San Diego revoked a British theology professor’s speaking invitation last week because the professor signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

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USD Cancels Visit Over Academic's Same-Sex Marriage Support

Nov. 2, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The University of San Diego has withdrawn its speaking invitation to an English Catholic theologian. The professor signed a letter supporting civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in the United Kingdom.

Error Invalidates National City Middle Academic Rating

Oct. 30, 2012
By Kyla Calvert and Kevin Crowe contributed to this reporting.

National City Middle School was among 23 California schools that had academic ratings invalidated by the state.

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Principal Shaves Head To Reward Students' Test Score Gains

Oct. 26, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

A San Diego principal gives up his hair to repay students for test score gains.

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Four Candidates Competing To Lead City Schools

Oct. 25, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Two contests for San Diego Unified school board seats probably haven't been on the radars of lots of voters in the City of San Diego.

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Brown Brings Yes On 30 Message Back To San Diego

Oct. 23, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Governor Jerry Brown was in San Diego Tuesday to promote Proposition 30.

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Southwest Students Urged To Aim High By UC Schools

Oct. 18, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

University of California chancellors are spreading the message that any state student can prepare to attend a UC school.

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Economy, Other Factors Bring School Bond Glut To Ballots

Oct. 17, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego County and the state are seeing a surge of school bonds on November's ballot. San Diego Unified's is the largest of 106 across the state.

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Science Educators Come To San Diego For STEM Summit

Oct. 15, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego is hosting the third annual California STEM Learning Network Summit for science, technology, engineering and math educators from across California.

San Diego City Schools Hit State Performance Target

Oct. 11, 2012
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

The state's index of school academic performance was released Thursday. San Diego City schools saw scores jump.

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San Diego School District Approves Two Property Sales

Oct. 10, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified sells two properties to balance the district budget.

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Dueling Propositions, 30 And 38, Present Schools A Funding Choice

Oct. 8, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

California voters will chose between dueling school funding measures on November's ballot. A look at Proposition 30 and 38.

Report Says American Indian Students Often Neglected In California Schools

Oct. 5, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at Cal State San Marcos unveils its first report on American Indian education.

Civil Rights Attorney Munger Promotes Prop 38 To San Diego Voters

Oct. 4, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Proposition 38-backer Molly Munger came to town Thursday to promote the measure.

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San Diego School Leaders Laud Progress In Tough Financial Times

Oct. 3, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

School district leaders promote school improvements and the district's long-term plan in the state of the district address.

San Diego Community Colleges See Influx of Veteran, Active Duty Students

Oct. 3, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Veteran and active duty military personnel enrollment at local community colleges is on the rise at a time when campuses are cutting classes and turning away students.

Assemblyman Hueso Announces Legislation To Limit School Bonds

Sept. 20, 2012
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

A San Diego assemblyman today announced plans to introduce legislation to place restrictions on the terms of school district construction bonds.

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For Most Students 9/11 Is History Lesson, Not Memory

Sept. 11, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Most American adults still have visceral memories from the morning of September 11, 2001. But for most San Diego school children, the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C. are something they hear about in history class.

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San Diego Schools Use Mentoring To Keep At-Risk Students On Graduation Track

Sept. 7, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego Unified has made strides in reducing the number of students who drop out. Officials believe mentoring for students most in danger of leaving school without a diploma is making a difference.

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First Day Of School For San Diego Unified Students

Sept. 4, 2012
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

The new school year began Tuesday for children who attend class in the San Diego Unified School District.

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New Year, New Grade Level For California Students

Sept. 3, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

One of the biggest changes to California’s schools this fall is the addition of a new grade – transitional kindergarten. The new classes are for students who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Dec. 2.

Student Test Scores In San Diego County Continue To Improve

Aug. 31, 2012
By Kyla Calvert and City News Service

Students in San Diego County continued improving their scores on standardized tests, with higher percentages scoring advanced or proficient in math and English, according to results released today by the state Department of Education.

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Will Common Core Curriculum Clear The Way for Arts In Schools?

Aug. 22, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

Critics of using standardized test scores to judge schools say its focus on basic reading and math skills has crowded subjects like art and science out of many schools. California is starting to roll out new curriculum standards this year that some hope will bring arts back to the classroom.

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Gov. Brown Makes 'Yes on 30' Campaign Stop In San Diego

Aug. 20, 2012
By Kyla Calvert, Maureen Cavanaugh, Megan Burke, Neiko Will and City News Service

Gov. Jerry Brown was in San Diego today to bolster support for his tax initiative, Proposition 30, which would increase the sales tax and income tax to help finance education from kindergarten through community college.

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SDSU Classes Bridge The Face-To-Face Versus Digital Divide

Aug. 14, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

San Diego State and other California State campuses are offering students courses that blend in-person and online learning, hoping they'll get the best of both worlds.

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SD Women's Football Team To Watch First NFL Female Make History

Aug. 8, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

The first NFL game refereed by a woman takes place in San Diego Thursday. But San Diego already has its own distinguished group of women in football.

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USD Launches Mobile Technology Teacher Certificate

Aug. 6, 2012
By Kyla Calvert

With more and more school districts investing in mobile devices for students, the University of San Diego will start offering classes to help teachers use the technology effectively.