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    THE GRADE: Diplomas, competitions and awards

    By LAUREN FOREMAN, Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Apr 23 2014 07:08 PM

    California ranks 23rd nationally in college attainment, according to a report released Tuesday by the Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation.

    Bakersfield, however, produces the second lowest population of residents with at least a two-year degree, despite being the 62nd largest city in a list of 100.

    Bakersfield is a blue-collar city with a large industrial workforce, said Amber Chiang, a spokeswoman for Bakersfield College.

    Many of the jobs, such as welding and work in the oil field, do not require college degrees to achieve success. "We are built upon the backs of our citizens," she said.

    Rob Meszaros, a spokesman for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools, said socioeconomic disadvantages, a significant percentage of...

  2. Safety ambassadors pilot bullying app in seven schools

    Six Kern County school districts are piloting anti-bullying software that allows trained student ambassadors to electronically report incidents of bullying. The goal, according to education officials, is to simplify the existing reporting...

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    CSUB to award Farrer honorary doctorate

    Cal State Bakersfield will present the university's most esteemed honor -- the honorary doctorate of fine arts -- to John Farrer, music director for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, later this year, the school announced Monday. CSUB...

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    He was no star, but McCarthy in Hall of Fame

    In the scores of readily available newspaper and ESPN articles about the much-celebrated Bakersfield High School football team, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's name -- a Driller in the 1980s -- is no where to be found. His four years...

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    THE GRADE: Frontier High students launch service projects

    STUDENTS TO GIVE BIG: Kathryn Morales, a junior honor student at Frontier High School, sketched a picture of her left hand on paper before she began redrawing the penciled image on a 6-by-6-inch wooden block. She drew the creases on her...

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    KHSD investigating whether photo violated anti-gang policy

    The Kern High School District is investigating whether a Spring Fling Week celebration turned into a gang policy violation. Ten students were photographed twisting fingers into what appeared to be gang signs and sporting what looked like...

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    Track meet a special event for exceptional students

    Students from 15 Kern County high schools ran in 100-meter races, tossed a Nerf javelin and jumped makeshift hurdles Thursday at Centennial High School's sixth annual SDD Track Meet. More than 220 Kern High School District students...

  8. KHSD approves last group of raises

    The Kern High School District board approved a last round of 5 percent raises for union members -- this time transportation workers -- during a special board meeting Thursday. Randy Turner, president of the transportation union, said the...

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    North High rally leads to public apology to seniors

    Administrators at North High School made phone calls and classroom rounds Wednesday apologizing to seniors named by a truancy officer as failing during a Tuesday pre-graduation rally. One of two truancy officers who ran part of the senior...

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    THE GRADE: Solar panels, gay kids and bad teachers

    SOLAR PANELS COMING?: The Kern High School District is taking a serious look at energy efficiency options that could save the district millions in the long run. The district spent approximately $8.7 million for electricity in 2013, and...

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    KHSD approves 5 percent raise for teachers, 2 new principals

    The Kern High School District Board of Trustees approved a package of salary raises for five groups of union workers Monday at the KHSD district office. District representatives ratified collective bargaining agreements that include a...

  12. Local students' foray into state geography bee ends short of finals

    Rik Bose, a sixth-grader at Ronald Reagan Elementary School, finished one answer short of becoming a top-10 finalist Friday in the statewide National Geographic Bee championship at Fresno State. He was one of two local students in the...

  13. Board to vote on teacher raises, principal appointments

    The Kern High School District board on Monday will consider approving a three-year contract giving teachers a 5 percent raise and new principal appointments at West and Foothill high schools. The teachers' contract would impact 1,700 KHSD...

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