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San Mateo County’s woes go national

The Wall Street Journal had a front page article yesterday on all the money San Mateo County lost when Lehman Brothers went bust and how that and the terrible economy have had devastating effects on schools, cities, etc. Yay!
In case the Journal’s article times out, here’s a brief article from the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal looking at the economic report that serves as the peg for the Journal piece.
 

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Under: Economy, Education, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Speier lauds student loan bill

Rep. Jackie Speier released a statement today praising the House’s passage of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which would overhaul the process by which student loans are issued.

“This legislation will make it possible for more Americans to go to college, for more graduates to leave college without crippling student loan debts, and for families to better plan for their children’s future,” Speier said.

According to Speier’s office, the billl “expands access to financial aid programs, saves tax dollars by eliminating costly guarantees to private lenders, increases the amount of Pell Grants and provides real-world career training through new partnerships between universities, community colleges, businesses and job training programs.”

“President Obama challenged us in his State of the Union address to make America the leader in the number of college graduates by 2020,” Speier’s statement continued. “This bill not only does that but allows students to borrow money at a dependable rate so that they are not overburdened by debt when they graduate. On top of it all, taxpayers save billions of dollars that were previously paid to private lenders in guarantees for unpaid loans. …

“Our entire nation benefits every time someone formerly unable to attend college is given the chance. This bill expands access to higher education by lowering interest rates on subsidized, need-based federal student loans, expanding the popular Perkins loan program to every U.S. college campus and creating a shorter and simpler federal financial aid form to make applying for financial aid easier.”

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2009
Under: Democratic Party, Education, Jackie Speier, San Mateo County | No Comments »

More Peas

Here’s another photo from the appearance Saturday of apl.de.ap, Fergie and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas at the dedication of the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy, a art and music school in Redwood City. Where was Will.i.am? He couldn’t make it because he was sick. That’s the reason that was given anyway.

Posted on Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Under: Education, Redwood City, Schools | No Comments »

County students excell at Berklee College of Music

Who knew there were so many local kids attending, and thriving at, the Berklee College of Music in Boston?

We got an email today saying that eight students from San Mateo County made the dean’s list for the 2009 spring semester, meaning they had GPAs of 3.4 or higher:

– Lauren Blocker, Portola Valley
– Thomas Hass, Moss Beach
– Kelsey Luongo, Hillsborough
– Nate Marsh, Millbrae
– Torin Martinez, Half Moon Bay
– Chayah Miranda, Millbrae
– Heather Rose, Half Moon Bay
– Christopher Sullivan, Burlingame

Congrats to all these students.

Posted on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009
Under: Burlingame, Education, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Moss Beach, Portola Valley, San Mateo County, Schools | No Comments »

More graduation photos

A bunch of good photos from the Carlmont, Jefferson and Terra Nova high school graduations last week were left on the cutting-room floor. Here’s the best of what didn’t get into the paper. In the photo above, Charlotte Carpenter waves to family members during Jefferson’s graduation ceremony Thursday in Daly City. (Photo by John Green)

Jefferson class speaker Bongie Matudio (left) leads her fellow seniors onto the football field. (John Green)

Joshua Delai stikes a pose after receiving his diploma at Terra Nova’s ceremony Thursday in Pacifica. (Photo by Dan Honda)

Jessie Harris takes pictures at Carlmont’s graduation Friday in Belmont. (Dan Honda)

Carlmont’s Associated Student Body President Mitchell Cappa gives a thumbs-up to the graduating class. (Dan Honda)

Carlmont senior Josephine Kitekeiaho shows her joy at receiving her diploma. (Dan Honda)

Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Under: Belmont, Daly City, Education, Pacifica, San Mateo County, Schools | No Comments »

Notre Dame de Namur graduation

We have a few extra photos lying around from Saturday’s commencement ceremonies at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. In the photo above, Yang Zhou holds her 1-year-old son Raymond.

Former teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan, above, was the keynote speaker. Morgan, who got her teaching credential at Notre Dame de Namur in 1974, was a member of the space shuttle Endeavour crew that performed a two-week mission in 2007, making improvements to the International Space Station.

Derek Joseph DeGrenier, above, waved to friends during the commencement ceremonies.

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Under: Aaron Kinney, Awards and Accolades, Belmont, Education, Schools | No Comments »

More Cinco celebration

We thought it would be worthwhile to share two photos from a Cinco de Mayo celebration on Tuesday at the Taft School in Redwood City that didn’t make it into Wednesday’s paper. Above, third-grader Ashanti Caravez is among those watching a student performance of traditional Mexican dance, which is depicted in the photo below.

Posted on Thursday, May 7th, 2009
Under: Education, Redwood City, San Mateo County | No Comments »

Dedication in Belmont

Parents braved the weather Friday morning to line up for the opportunity to register their kids for the Merry Moppet Preschool in Belmont. They’d have to stay there until Saturday morning for a chance to register their kids in the private preschool, which is affiliated with the K-5 Belmont Oaks Academy.

This photo was sent to us by Judy Block, of Palo Alto, who spent some time in line on behalf of a grandchild.

Posted on Monday, February 9th, 2009
Under: Aaron Kinney, Belmont, Education, Schools | No Comments »

Wackiness in Half Moon Bay school district race

No election in Half Moon Bay would be complete without at least a small dose of small-town silliness, and this season’s Cabrillo Unified School District board race is no exception.

School board challenger Ken Johnson suffered a blow in the public relations department after taking control of a URL that used to belong to John Moseley, one of two incumbents defending their seats in this election.

Johnson then employed the Web site — www.ElectMoseley.com — to upload language implying the two men were running as a slate. Moseley had used the site in 2004 during his first run for the school board, but had since allowed the domain name to lapse.

Meanwhile, Johnson was telling anyone who would listen that he intended to see both Moseley and himself elected to the school board and not Charlie Gardner, an incumbent who Johnson calls “not a friend.”

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Posted on Monday, November 3rd, 2008
Under: 2008 Local Races, Aaron Kinney, Education, Half Moon Bay, Julia Scott, Political Campaigns, Schools | No Comments »