San Jose Unified School District approves layoffs in 37 positions

The San Jose Unified School District will lay off employees in 37 classified positions — ranging from administrative aides to secretaries and student services techs — a reduction in force administrators say will fund raises to existing employees. The school board last week unanimously approved a resolution to eliminate the positions, a decision board leaders...

Ash Kalra proposes law to put vote centers on college campuses

A new bill from San Jose Assemblyman Ash Kalra would prioritize putting vote centers on college campuses, a push to improve youth voter turnout and eliminate barriers to voting. Kalra’s Assembly Bill 59 would amend California Voter’s Choice Act to require college campuses with 10,000 or more students be considered for vote centers. The proposed legislation includes...

SJSU President denies students’ requests for homeless support

Update: Student Homeless Alliance members say they are disappointed with SJSU President Mary Papazian’s response to their demands during their much-anticipated meeting with the administration Tuesday. “They pretty much rejected our ideas and said they’re looking into more long-term, sustainable solutions,”  SHA President Mayra Bernabe told San José Spotlight after the meeting. The administration reportedly stated that they were...

Embattled Alum Rock Union School District selects new trustee

After a lengthy meeting that ended around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the Alum Rock Union School District board of trustees appointed former SOMOS Mayfair Board member Corina Herrera-Loera to fill a vacancy left by Karen Martinez. Martinez resigned from the board in December after being elected a trustee of the San Jose Evergreen Community College District....

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