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  • Local teachers prepare for the first day of school

    August 13, 2012 8:50 PM

    It's back to school time for some Central Coast students. But what actually goes in to preparing for the big day? "They come in just with their eyes open, all excited about school, asking questions," said Rosalie Jones. For Jones, this is her favorite day of the year.... more »
  • SMBSD remains focused on education, despite board distractions

    May 17, 2012 10:09 PM

    If you missed it on our late news Wednesday night, a lot of people were pretty fired up at the Santa Maria Bonita School Board Meeting. Their target? Outspoken School Board Member Will Smith. Community members packed Wednesday night's board meeting to show their disapproval with Smith. Board President... more »
  • Study: High school dropout rates high in California

    March 19, 2012 8:41 PM

    A new study shows California as one of the top 10 states where high school graduation rates are declining, but there are positive signs on the Central Coast. The study by "America's Promise Alliance" shows 71% of high school students in California received their high school diplomas in 2009.... more »
  • Low income Santa Maria students receive free dinners through government-funded program

    March 13, 2012 10:08 PM

    About 300 students in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District are now receiving free dinners, through a government-funded program. The "Supper Program" gives needy students free and healthy dinners. According to school administrators, about 80% of the students in Santa Maria come from low-income families. Right now, only three... more »
  • UCSB student educates community about the dangers of carbon monoxide

    January 24, 2012 9:00 PM

    It's colorless, odorless, and tasteless. You don't know it's there, but it can hurt you the same way it harmed Nikkie Sedaghat. "They told my mother, she had a two percent chance of living. She's not going to wake up for 6 months to a year, and she might... more »
  • State budget cuts target higher education

    January 11, 2011 2:21 AM

    There could be significant cuts to higher education in California. The state university system is the the country's largest four year system, and is facing cuts as large as 18 percent. Governor Brown's tough budget would hit higher education hard. "I think we all knew it was coming,... more »
  • Animosity lingers between district and new school board member

    December 1, 2010 1:43 PM

    Reverend Will Smith plans to shake things up at the Santa Maria Bonita School District. He recently unseated incumbent Jody Oliver in a race few expected him to win. Smith taught 7th and 8th grade in the district for six years, but resigned in August. Now that he's back,... more »
  • Local agencies get long-awaited funding after state budget passes

    October 8, 2010 9:11 PM

    California Lawmakers have finally passed a state budget after a record 100 day impasse. The state senate passed the budget 27-9, bridging a 19 billion dollar budget deficit. The budget package contains no new taxes or fees, but the plan also *delays nearly two billion dollars in payments to... more »
  • Teachers lobby lawmakers to protect school funding

    May 25, 2010 1:56 PM

    SACRAMENTO (AP) - Teachers from across California are converging in Sacramento to lobby state lawmakers to stop cutting funding to public schools. The California Teachers Association says more than 200 educators are hitting legislators' offices Tuesday to ask them to sign commitment cards pledging to protect public education from... more »
  • Education rally planned in Paso Robles Wednesday

    May 19, 2010 2:44 AM

    Enough is enough. That is what local school employees have to say about cuts to education. The San Luis Obispo County chapter of the California School Employees Association or CSEA and California Advocates United to Save Education are having a rally in Paso Robles Wednesday. It will be... more »
  • Governor wants law that would change teacher layoff rules

    April 20, 2010 2:30 PM

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has introduced a senate bill in Los Angeles, that would allow school districts some flexibility in how they lay off teachers. The governor calls it a proposal to ensure that all California students have access to high-quality teachers and the education that they deserve. The issue... more »
  • Special education teachers receive layoff notices

    March 11, 2010 9:33 PM

    Special needs instructors in San Luis Obispo have a big job. They teach adults with disabilities job skills and now they're the latest group to fall victim to the state's budget crisis. The San Luis Coastal Unified School District has notified ten teachers they could lose their jobs at... more »
  • Lucia Mar hosts event on education and budget cuts

    March 4, 2010 6:59 PM

    The Lucia Mar Unified School District is hosting an informational session on the expected impact of next year's state budget on K-12 education. President and CEO of School Services of California Ron Bennett will speak on the budget as it relates to education tonight at the Clark Center in... more »
  • California shut out of federal "Race to the Top" funding

    March 4, 2010 1:38 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California has been shut out for the first round of a $4.3 billion school-funding competition promoted by the Obama administration. Thursday's announcement by the U.S. Department of Education is a blow to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and reform supporters in the state Legislature. Other states... more »
  • School districts work to fill budget holes

    February 18, 2010 6:02 PM

    Santa Maria schools are facing more cuts this year, but district leaders say it's too soon to tell exactly what those might be. The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District has put together a budget advisory committee examining more than 200 possible options. Those include everything from program cuts,... more »

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