The “Achievement Gap”

I'm going to start work any day on a story about the so-called achievement gap that exists between poorer students, who usually (though not always) are racial or ethnic minorities, and students who generally are from of high-income white families. While there are often specific exceptions, that's pretty much how [...]

By | September 18th, 2015|0 Comments

Get into college workshops, in Spanish and English (click this headline for info)

English language workshops about getting into college and the college application process   Spanish language workshops about the college application process. Informacion en Espanol sobre el proceso para entrar universidad, el camino a la universidad.

By | September 17th, 2015|0 Comments

I’ll be listening on the radio

I'll be on KBBF 89.1, the nation's first bilingual radio station, Thursday night to talk about education.  Really, though, I'm most interested in listening -- to what people have to say about education in the North Bay and what they want to see covered. I go on at about 6 [...]

By | September 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Truancy in the North Bay

The annual California truancy report in has been released by Attorney General Kamala Harris's office. Here's a link. https://oag.ca.gov/truancy/2015. It focuses on truancy at the elementary school level -- students who had three or more unexcused absences --  the societal impact of truancy and what it costs counties in state [...]

By | September 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Truancy report due today

In about 20 minutes, state Attorney General Kamala Harris is going to release her office's third annual elementary school truancy and chronic absenteeism in California report in about 20 minutes.  She'll do that at a press event at the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. An announcement of the event [...]

By | September 16th, 2015|0 Comments

Summer algebra academy graduates

An intensive program meant to give students learning English as a second language, a boost in their math skills over the summer wrapped up its seventh session Friday when more than 100 students graduated on Sonoma State University's campus. The Mike Hauser Algebra Academy, which is put on by the [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Casa Grande High in Petaluma gets a new vice principal

Sharon Howell has been named a new assistant principal at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma, said Ron Everett, HR director for the Petaluma City Schools District. Howell, a Penngrove resident, is the lead counselor at the large Petaluma high school and has worked as a counselor there for 14 [...]

By | June 30th, 2015|0 Comments

Piner High teachers take to the lab for the summer

Heather Benson at work, courtesy of Judy Barcelon Three Piner High School teachers spent the beginning of their summer in class, learning about stem cell research at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. They plan to take what they learned in the three-day "externship," formed by Buck [...]

By | June 23rd, 2015|1 Comment

Waugh School District in Petaluma hires new principal/ superintendent

Waugh School District in Petaluma has hired a new person to fill the dual role of superintendent and principal at the two-school district. Rebecca Rosales will take the reins at the roughly 1,000-student elementary school district, which consists of Meadow and Corona Creek schools in Petaluma, district officials said in [...]

By | June 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Kenilworth Junior High gets new interim principal

Kenilworth Junior High School, in Petaluma, has a new interim principal after Emily Dunnagan stepped down to take the reins at Grant Elementary, also in Petaluma. Bennett Holley, assistant principal at the school for the last year, will take over as interim principal. The school district was unable to find [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|0 Comments