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SCHOOL NEWS: Red Ink & Horror

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, February 15th, 2008 at 2:44 pm in Schools.

textbooks As school administrators around the state prepare for Governor Schwarzenegger’s planned $4.4 billion slash to education funding, howls of outrage are going up from districts in more than a dozen Alameda county school superintendents, including Berkeley, Pleasanton and Dublin. Ditto John Swett, Pittsburg and West Contra.

Meanwhile Antioch families are up in arms over a proposal to put a prison less than a mile from Deer Valley High. And a Dublin schools trustee wants to toughen up the high school curriculum.

Terrible news on the college circuit. A former Northern Illinois University student shot up a campus lecture hall yesterday, killing five students and himself. Closer to home, St. Mary’s College is in mourning after the murder of a popular professor, John Alfred Pierre Dennis, last weekend. And Diablo Valley College, rocked by a grades-for-pay scandal, now faces the possibility of losing its accreditation.

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