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  • Central Coast schools try to tackle food waste in cafeterias

    May 16, 2012 8:46 PM

    It's a California State Food Code. Anything that goes on a student's plate, touched or untouched, must be thrown away if uneaten. According to the California Department of Education, schools across the state are reimbursed $2.77 per student for free and reduced lunches; that's whether they're eaten or thrown... more »
  • LA schools early-start in August postponed

    February 2, 2011 8:52 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The nation's second-largest school district is delaying its early-start plan to begin classes in mid-August. The Los Angeles Unified School District board decided on Dec. 14 to change the summer start to Aug. 15 instead of the first day of classes after Labor Day. The earlier calendar... more »
  • LA schools mulls district bureaucracy overhaul

    February 1, 2011 6:25 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Unified school board is mulling a plan to break down the sprawling district into semi-autonomous "school families" which would give more authority to schools instead of regional districts. School board member Richard Zimmer is set to introduce the idea aimed at decentralizing bureaucracy in... more »
  • Report: LA board superintendent pick expected

    January 7, 2011 10:05 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles school board will reportedly vote next week on a new superintendent to lead the nation's second-largest school district. The Los Angeles Times says John Deasy is expected to be appointed Tuesday to replace Ramon Cortines, who has been the district superintendent since 2008. Deasy... more »
  • LA schools OK August start, corporate sponsors

    December 15, 2010 12:54 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles school board has approved two controversial policies: one to start the school year in mid-August and another to allow corporate sponsorships to aid the cash-strapped district. The board voted Tuesday to allow the superintendent to sign agreements of up to $500,000. The school board... more »
  • Local school districts see growing number of homeless students

    December 8, 2010 9:54 PM

    The Central Coast is seeing a record number of homeless kids in local school districts and some educators say it's affecting their ability to teach. So far this year, Santa Barbara County has identified more than 45-hundred homeless students. That number has more than doubled from just two years... more »
  • Local schools seeing greater number of homeless children

    December 8, 2010 1:24 PM

    The number of homeless children in Santa Barbara County is on the rise. Federal law defines homeless students as those who lack a "fixed, regular, or adequate nighttime residence. It includes children living in homeless shelters, motels, campgrounds and cars, as well as children living doubled or tripled up.... more »
  • County takes a stand against underage tobacco use

    November 9, 2010 10:01 PM

    Santa Barbara County Supervisors hope some new rules will keep tobacco out of the hands of minors. They voted unanimously today to ban all new businesses from selling tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school. It will also strengthen penalties and fees. Retailers caught breaking the law three... more »
  • Local school district leading the way with healthy lunches

    October 11, 2010 1:49 PM

    Today is the start of National School Lunch Week. It's designed to raise awareness about the role of the National School Lunch Program and highlight the importance of nutrition for children. The Santa Maria Bonita School District is leading the way in providing healthy school lunches for its students,... more »
  • Man accused of making false bomb threats in San Luis Obispo

    April 23, 2010 2:27 AM

    A Santa Maria man is behind bars tonight, accused of making false bomb threats. San Luis Obispo police say they received a 911 call around 10 a.m Thursday. The caller said he had planted a number of bombs at several schools in the city. Dispatchers tracked the call... more »
  • Five local schools named on 2010 list of California Distinguished Schools

    April 19, 2010 1:45 PM

    Five Central Coast schools have been named on the 2010 list of California Distinguished Schools. The State Superintendent announced Monday that 484 state elementary schools have been selected for this year's list. Four Santa Barbara County schools and one San Luis Obispo County school have made this year's list.... more »
  • Student readers compete in Battles of the Books

    March 25, 2010 10:09 PM

    Making reading fun was the goal today at the 4th Annual Battle of the Books. More than 130 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from the Santa Maria Bonita School District tested their knowledge of 30 books on a required reading list. All students had to read at least 10... more »
  • Students, teachers rally to protest education cuts

    March 4, 2010 11:52 AM

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Millions of students, teachers and parents are expected to rally throughout California and many other states to protest deep cuts in funding for schools and universities. Demonstrations, marches, teach-ins and walkouts are planned nationwide Thursday in what is being called the "March 4th National Day... more »
  • Tunnell Elementary donates to Haiti

    February 2, 2010 9:30 PM

    Students at Tunnell Elementary School in Santa Maria are doing their part to help Haiti. The kids raised more than 13-hundred dollars for relief efforts in the earthquake-torn country. This morning, they proudly presented the check to the American Red Cross. The kids returned from winter break and came... more »
  • Schwarzenegger signs major school reform package

    January 7, 2010 6:28 PM

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed into law sweeping education reforms that will let California compete for up to $700 million in federal money. Many of the steps were opposed by teachers unions and other education groups. Among other reforms, they will link teacher evaluations to student... more »
  • One Class at a Time: Pioneer Valley High School

    December 11, 2009 9:46 PM

    A school in Santa Maria got quite a surprise today. It's all part of KSBY and Century 21 Hometown realty's efforts to help teachers across the Central Coast. . .one class at a time. We visited Mr. Magni's classroom at Pioneer Valley High School. That's where Realtor Bob Hubbell... more »
  • Local schools break down barriers for "Mix it up for Lunch" day

    November 10, 2009 6:22 AM

    Thousands of schools are taking part in a program aimed at breaking down barriers on campuses nationwide. A group called Teaching Tolerance is holding "Mix It Up At Lunch" day Tuesday. Organizers say their idea is simple: students are asked to sit with someone new at the school cafeteria, just... more »

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