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    THE GRADE: The ins & outs of education in Kern County

    By LAUREN FOREMAN, The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Oct 29 2014 05:56 PM

    GARDEN GROWS GOLDEN BELL: The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District will receive a Golden Bell award in large part for a school garden created at Buena Vista Elementary School, the district announced in a news release Tuesday.

    The Golden Bell Awards program, in its 35th year, is a leading educational honor recognizing programs in 19 categories spanning effective governance, teaching and student learning.

    The California School Boards Association, a nonprofit with nearly 1,000 educational agencies, sponsors the award and recognizes winners Dec. 16 at its Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Francisco.

    Panama Superintendent Kevin Silberberg said 2014 is the first year the district applied for the award. It won in the...

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    Study: Kern County parents opt out of preschool for kids

    A lower percentage of Kern County students attended preschool in a recent three-year period than any other county in California, according to a Children Now scorecard released Wednesday. Only 32 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in Kern...

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    THE GRADE: Student expression winners announced

    ONE BOOK ONE BAKERSFIELD: Shirleen Achieng, a junior at Garces Memorial High School is not enrolled in an art class. So she didn't expect to win when she entered the One Book One Bakersfield One Kern student expression competition in the...

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    Taft Union High civil trial set for next year

    A trial date has been set for next year in a civil suit tied to the Taft Union High School shooting that left a student critically injured last year. On Tuesday, Kern County Superior Court Judge David Lampe set the trial for next Aug. 3....

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    Kendrick kids raise $3,000 for former student's cancer treatment

    Hundreds of Kendrick Elementary School students shouted "Jovan!" in unison and watched as their peers took turns dumping buckets of orange ice water over their principal's head Friday. The dousing was a reward for the school of some 800...

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    Investigator looking into Taft parent complaints

    Taft school officials are looking into parent complaints accusing administrators of bullying and negligence in its response to hazing allegedly involving eight high school football players. Twenty-seven parents launched the complaint Sept...

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    Tentative contract gives CSUB teachers 1.6 percent raise

    Cal State Bakersfield teachers are a couple nods of approval away from getting a 1.6 percent raise this year with teachers throughout the Cal State University system. CSU and the California Faculty Association approved a system-wide...

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    Facts in Taft hazing, Yik Yak threat, clown arrest still vague

    Three unrelated criminal cases involving minors have intrigued, alarmed and outraged the broader community this school year. The alleged offenses are wildly diverse. The specific nature of the three incidents is not clear, but this much...

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    THE GRADE: Fundraisers underway to replace Endeavour's burned playground

    PLAYGROUND BURNED DOWN: A breeze picked up scents of tarred wood chips, melted plastic and blackened metal Wednesday outside of Endeavour Elementary School. It smelled like barbecue, kids told Principal Matt Diggle. Three days had passed...

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    Ag summit expert: Expect fewer crops and farm jobs

    A decrease of 185,200 acres in irrigated Kern County crops could mean 12,400 fewer farm jobs and a $631-million loss in farm income. Kern County could come close to those numbers in 21 years, a water storage expert explained at the first...

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    College board candidates talk priorities

    Five candidates are vying to represent a community college enrollment area that dips into most parts of Bakersfield. Nestled in the middle of four other trustee areas, Kern Community College District's Area 1 has portions of downtown...

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    One clown down and more Yik Yak

    Clowns and Yik Yak-ers were in the news this week, but it wasn't always funny. Bakersfield police on Thursday arrested both an anonymous social media user who authorities believe threatened Liberty High School, and a pseudo-clown who...

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    Police arrest teen on suspicion of making Yik Yak threat

    A 16-year-old Liberty High student was arrested Thursday for allegedly posting the anonymous social media threat that led parents to flock to the school in fear for their children's safety earlier this week. The Liberty student threatened...

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