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    THE GRADE: Cal-SOAP and Stuff The Bus

    By LAUREN FOREMAN, Californian staff writer
    Wednesday, Jul 30 2014 06:31 PM

    CAL-SOAP CHANGES UNDERWAY: Most days, incoming Bakersfield College freshman Carmen Murillo begins an 8-hour workday at 4 a.m. at The Garlic Company on Zerker Road. She travels from her home in Shafter to sort garlic to pay for her personal expenses.

    "That is not a future," Murillo said. Ultimately, she wants to transfer to a university and develop a business to help families in need internationally.

    Murillo is a first-generation college student and one of 450 incoming freshmen matched with BC mentors. The idea is to better monitor the course selection and academic success of students from low-income families who are either first-generation students like Murillo, or from areas with few college attendees.

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    THE GRADE: Frontier grad earns state fair prize; vocational school closes

    LOCAL GRAD WINS STATE FAIR: For years, Logan Van Allen -- a Frontier High grad -- woke up at 6 a.m., fed dozens of dairy and boer goats and trained prized members of the herd to show at fairs. "My whole life I have wanted to win at the...

  3. School board races already drawing candidates

    School board members and trustee hopefuls in Kern County have sent candidacy announcements, created election Facebook pages and filed nomination forms in hopes of securing a spot on the ballot for school board elections Nov. 4. Five days...

  4. KHSD talks another try to toss nearly $1.5 million assault verdict

    The Kern High School District is considering appealing a decision issued Wednesday to uphold a nearly $1.5 million verdict in the case of an autistic girl harmed in an Independence High bathroom in 2009. Kern County Superior Court Judge...

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    THE GRADE: Migrant students and rainy-day funds

    SCHOOL RESERVES MANDATE: School officials are speaking out against a California ballot initiative that if approved by voters in November would require districts to cap reserve "rainy-day" funding at no more than 10 percent of district...

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    Longtime elementary school teacher Gina Boles dies

    Gina Boles, a longtime teacher at Endeavour Elementary School, was the kind of educator administrators wanted instructing their children. Deanna Clarke, a former Endeavour principal, even joked she considered moving Boles to a higher...

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    'Innovation division' to explore new ways to teach high schoolers

    About a week on the job, Dean McGee, a new assistant superintendent in the Kern High School District, has more questions than answers about how a new innovation division he leads will impact students. The KHSD school board appointed McGee...

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    THE GRADE: Ins and outs of education in Kern County

    TEEN DIES, COMMUNITY RALLIES: Francisco "Frankie" Guerrero Ortiz, a muscular 16-year-old athlete, had to hunch down to kiss his mother every morning before he left for class at Mira Monte High School. He stood inches above the...

  9. KHSD argues 'massive' misconduct in assault trial

    A judge is expected to decide later this month whether a $1.5 million verdict against the Kern High School District should be negated in the case of an autistic teen harmed in an Independence High bathroom. On Tuesday, lawyers for KHSD...

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    KHSD seeks new trial in $1.5M assault verdict

    The Kern High School District is seeking a new trial Tuesday in hopes of tossing out a nearly $1.5 million verdict from May that found it didn't protect an autistic teen from being harmed in a school bathroom. That Kern County Superior...

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    THE GRADE: Stockdale kids take first in medical competition

    HEALTH STUDENTS WIN GOLD: Just in case you were wondering what it takes to win a national competition tailored to produce future doctors and health care workers, here you go: Thousands of flash cards, game show buzzers, year-round...

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    New funding buoys K-12 budgets

    Thirteen incoming third-graders at Roosevelt Elementary School watched a summer school science lesson on the life cycles of butterflies unfold at an insect release Thursday at the campus. Teacher Tamara Nichols reached into a ventilated...

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    THE GRADE: State reveals new funding totals for districts

    OFFICIAL TALLY OF NEW FUNDS: The state unveiled its first official funding breakdown Wednesday of how much money each California school district will receive by July as a result of a new school funding formula. Nine Bakersfield districts...

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