School headlines you may have missed…
No Child Left Behind guaranteed that children would be taught by “highly qualified teachers,” but sometimes, that’s not how it works out. On Tuesday, families from the West Contra Costa, Hayward and Los Angeles school districts filed a federal lawsuit against the US Department of Education, reports the Times’ Shirley Dang, for accepting teaching interns as “highly qualified.” A Hayward mom says her son’s first grade teacher – an intern – misses class twice a week so she can complete college courses; some 10 percent of the teachers at Richmond High are interns; and at one Pittsburg school, it’s nearly a quarter.
In other news, Danville’s Monte Vista High School and other San Ramon Valley high schools are being audited after that district discovered that nearly $100,000 in student funds had been spent on items class leaders hadn’t authorized. In West Contra Costa, school tax proponents have spent a quarter-million dollars to get voters to approve a $14 million a year parcel tax that would pay for librarians, counselors, art, sports and more. Alameda school officials are shelving a plan – temporarily at least – to battle overcrowding at Edison Elementary with a lottery. And L.A. schools are teaching the Bible as literature.
— Jackie Burrell