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A parent’s response to New Jersusalem’s despute with Tri-Valley Learning Corps

Over this past week, I reported on two stories involving the New Jerusalem Elementary School District’s intent to revoke two Stockton charter schools over financial reasons with the charter’s overseer, the Tri-Valley Learning Corp. A day after the district announced a town hall meeting would take place for parents to voice their concerns, TVLC threatened [...]

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Lodi Unified approve after-school support for Bridge program

The Lodi Unified School District will continue to receive funding from the state After School Education and Safety Program grant, which provides funds for after-school enrichment for K-8 students in the district’s Bridge Program. The district has contracted with the city of Lodi along with the California Dept. of Education grant, funded by Prop. 49 [...]

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Davalos’ message for SUSD families

As I was on vacation all last week, it also marked the first official week of Dr. Eliseo Davalos’ first as new superintendent of Stockton Unified. On July 1, the district posted his welcome message: Dear Stockton Unified community, It is with great pleasure and excitement  that I am returning to my native city to [...]

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Torlakson marks successful completion of CAASPP testing

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced on Thursday that more than 3.2 million students have completed the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the state’s computer-based, online assessments given in Grades 3-8 and 11. The total number of students taking part in Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and literacy and [...]

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CAVA students receive diploma, while online charter is hit with audit

Nearly 100 students with the California Virtual Academy online charter school at San Joaquin accepted their high school diplomas this morning at the Teranishi Event Center in Tracy. This comes a day after State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the state Department of Education has contracted the state Controller’s office to conduct an [...]

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Stockton students receive 2016 Horatio Alger–JobRedi Grant

More than 20 Stockton students were selected to receive the 2016 Horatio Alger–JobRedi Grant. According to a press release, the grant recognizes outstanding students, who exhibited commitment to obtaining career or technical certification. The students are listed below: Alicia Arrendondo-Griego, Franklin High Elizabeth Ayala, Edison High Aleena Bounlem, Edison High Alexis Brown, Stockton High Christian [...]

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Tribute video for SUSD interim superintendent Julie Penn’s retirement

For the past two years, Julie Penn has delayed her retirement to act as interim superintendent of the Stockton Unified School District. Come June 30, she will finally ride off into the sunset after 30+ years in education, 25 of them spent at SUSD. At the 2016 San Joaquin County Office of Education Classified Employees [...]

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Torlakson releases statement on Orlando shooting

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released a statement about the mass shooting of a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida over the weekend: “I want to express my deepest condolences for the victims and their families and friends. My thoughts and prayers are with those who died and were injured in this horrific attack. An attack [...]

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Jim White speaks at teachers college graduation ceremony

The Teachers College of San Joaquin County held their graduation ceremony this past Sunday at the Bob Hope Theatre in downtown Stockton. More than 100 graduates either completed programs in master’s degrees or teaching credentials, which for a state like California that is so short on educators, that’s a welcoming sign. Graduates and their families [...]

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Lincoln Unified Summer Nutrition Program schedule

The Lincoln Unified School District Child Nutrition Services have announced the location for three locations where children 18 years or younger can get a free meal this summer. The LUSD Summer Feeding Program will hold late morning lunches at Tully C. Knoles elementary, John R. Williams elementary and Sierra Middle School/Lincoln High School annex. All [...]

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