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    Kern County Teacher of the Year picks announced

    BY THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
    Tuesday, May 05 2015 06:30 PM

    A Delano English teacher and a music teacher in Rosamond were honored as Kern County Teachers of the Year recipients Tuesday at an awards reception at Bakersfield Museum of Art.

    A committee of educators and community leaders selected Kurtis Franklin, an eighth-grade teacher at La Vina Middle School in Delano, and John Ferrandini of Tropico Middle School in Rosamond, from a list of 55 nominees, according to the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office.

    The finalists are eligible to apply to move on to the California Teachers of the Year program later in the year. Clay Freeman, agriculture teacher at Foothill High School, was selected as an alternate and would be eligible in the event one of the finalists is unable to apply for the...

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    Two Bakersfield schools get Golden Ribbon awards

    West High School and Rosedale Middle School received noteworthy awards Tuesday -- the statewide honor previously known as the California Distinguished Schools Program. The two campuses are the only Bakersfield schools of 193 middle...

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    Dozens supporting school climate review at Mira Monte High wear red to meeting

    Teachers and students called for a new principal at Mira Monte High School Monday at a Kern High School District board meeting. They claimed Principal Jaime Quinónez has encouraged a culture of fear and bullying at the school and that he...

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    CSUB to get new provost

    Jenny Zorn, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs at Humboldt State University, will become Cal State Bakersfield's provost July 31. Zorn will take over a position previously held by Soraya Coley, who was named president...

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    BC outranks peers statewide on grad earnings

    A four-year college degree is usually promoted as necessary for success, by teachers, by counselors by university officials and the like. But the validity of academia's selling pitch depends on how success is defined, according to one...

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    PHOTO GALLERY: Music plays and students sway at dance

    Students in Highland High's agriculture education program held a spring dance Friday for their peers and many more in local special education programs. The prom, dubbed the Summer Send Off Dance, was designed to bring students with...

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    Local nursing home with complaints closing

    Corinthian Gardens Health Care Center, a local nursing home that has racked up dozens of complaints in recent years, is closing. A Corinthian Gardens staff member who declined to give her name confirmed the closure Thursday. A Corinthian...

  8. Kern County school office to pick its Teachers of the Year

    Fifty-five Kern County teachers have been nominated for the annual Kern County Teacher of the Year awards, the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office announced Thursday. Awards will be handed out next Tuesday at an awards reception at...

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    THE GRADE: Try your luck at sample test questions

    LEARNING HISTORY: Only about a quarter of eighth graders showed solid performance or better in U.S. history, civics and geography on tests used to determine the Nation's Report Card, the Associated Press reports. The 2014 results from the...

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    Jim Burke Teacher of the Year winners announced

    Chipman Junior High and Arvin High educators took home celebrated Teacher of the Year honors Tuesday at the 20th annual Jim Burke Teacher of the Year Awards. The winners -- Derek Kendall, a counselor at Chipman and Stephen Granucci, a...

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    KHSD outperforms state average on grad and dropout rates

    The Kern High School District is seeing more graduates and fewer dropouts, and the state can only say the former, according to 2013-2014 state data released Tuesday. Technically, both of those state rates are averages of district numbers...

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    Local student art to be displayed at State Capitol

    Two local students will have their artwork displayed next month at the California State Capitol, the Kern High School District announced Monday. Jazmin Davis of South High School and Ali Vaughn of Bakersfield High are two of at least 25...

  13. School officials fight new cap on reserves

    Local school officials plan to protest a new law Monday they argue could put local schools in harm's way should economic conditions drastically worsen. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last June, would cap school district reserves in...