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    School Administrators, Teachers Union Split On Budget Reserve Bill

    Santa Clarita Valley school district officials said Friday lawmakers were attaching an “irresponsible” bill to California's proposed budget by suggesting districts have a limit on their financial reserves. Proponents of the bill say it’s needed to make sure Proposition 30 funds are directed into the classroom. Administrators say the state is usurping local control. The state’s Legislature is expected to vote Sunday, the constitutional deadline to pass a budget.

    Improved Budgets Help Santa Clarita Valley Schools Keep More Teachers

    For the most part, Santa Clarita Valley school districts are sending out fewer notices than in previous years, due in part to better budget projections; although at least one district notes officials aren’t quite out of the woods. School districts must send out preliminary layoff notices by March 15, according to state law, and officials must make the notification to lay off workers by May 15. Saugus Union School District staffers were most affected by the layoff notices. Castaic Union is cutting two position due to reduced enrollments, while the William S. Hart Union High School District, Newhall and Sulphur Springs school districts are retaining all of their full-time teachers. “I know that in the news, reports might indicate that with Proposition 30 taxes, education has been completely made whole, and that just isn’t the case,” said Marc Winger, Newhall School District superintendent. “But we’re not where we were in previous years -- we’re out of the downward spiral we were in.”

    Liberty Tax Offers Free Preparation For Teachers, School Employees

    Liberty Tax Service is offering free tax preparation to educators in the Santa Clarita Valley between Sunday, March 2 and Saturday, March 8. The "Educator Appreciation Days" are open to first-time customers only.

    SCV Education Foundation To Award Student Enrichment Grants

    The Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation will award 14 Student Enrichment Awards on Thursday, to teachers from across the valley's school districts. The grants will be used to purchase educational tools.

    Halloween Flash Mob Spooks Students At Sierra Vista Junior High

    Teachers at Sierra Vista Junior High School in Canyon Country surprised their students by dressing in full zombie costumes on Halloween and performing a flash mob dance in the quad during the afternoon.

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    Santa Clarita Jobless Figure Sees Slight Rise In June

    Santa Clarita's jobless figure rose slightly in June, as countywide, the education sector was hard hit

    State Schools Chief Kicks Off California’s Common Core Summer

    Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction, kicked off California’s Common Core Summer with a day-long seminar in Sacramento to help teachers instill deeper learning of mathematics in their students.