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Education

UPDATE: Santa Clara County school superintendent still on the job

It was an emotional night for Santa Clara County’s top educator, as she wondered whether her time as superintendent might end. Residents waited for more than two hours at Wednesday’s Santa Clara County Board of Education meeting as trustees weighed Superintendent Mary Ann Dewan’s performance behind closed doors — which could have led to discipline...

East San Jose district plans to close a middle school

One group of educators and parents is fighting to stop the closure of a neighborhood middle school in East San Jose. At last week’s Alum Rock Union School District board meeting, teachers, parents and students showed up to save Aptitud Community Academy at Goss, a TK-8 public school, after the district’s decision to shut down...

San Jose parents strengthen school safety

One San Jose high school is stepping up its safety measures following threats to students last year. Parents, teachers and officials hope the improvements will be adopted by other schools in the district. Willow Glen High School’s school site council updated its safety plan after a series of incidents, including an arrest of a Willow...

Silicon Valley charter school disputes education board’s discrimination claims

A public charter school targeted by the Santa Clara County Office of Education is fighting to retain its charter. Bullis Charter School in the Los Altos School District is facing accusations of discrimination by the county Board of Education that it’s under-enrolling Hispanic English-language learners, students with disabilities and socio-economically disadvantaged students. Maureen Israel, superintendent...

Silicon Valley school district changes how its officials are chosen

The Fremont Union High School District will change the way future trustees are elected come November. The district, which enrolls students from Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Saratoga and Santa Clara, is switching from at-large elections — where residents can vote for any candidate — to electing area-based board members. This means the school district will split...

San Jose school districts skip electric bus grant

The federal government dished out $88 million in grants to California school districts for electric buses, but San Jose schools lost out. Due to timing, cost and a lack of infrastructure, three local school districts were unable to capitalize on funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean School Bus Program. Alum Rock Union School...