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    PBIS program gets mixed reviews

    A survey of local educators administered by The Californian reveals only one concrete finding about a new approach to school discipline being widely embraced by Bakersfield school districts: The jury is still out. Opinions on the...


    CSUB students move into new digs

    Gabriella Strand, a Cal State Bakersfield freshman, walked across the east end of campus Friday carrying two betta fish in a two-compartment fish tank the size of a shoe box. Her father, Mickey Strand, toted a door mirror and a plastic...

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

    SOLAR ENERGY AT AIM: Kevin Crosby, a local special education teacher, is hoping to bring an award-winning program to students at the Alternative Instructional Methods (AIM) Center at Vista West continuation high school. His goal is to...


    Industrial automation degree would be a welcome addition in Bakersfield

    Bakersfield College student Robert Ruiz had been a technician for 10 years and an electrician for seven when he hurt his back in 2011, forcing him to pick another career. So Ruiz, 40, started over. It took him about six months to get out...

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    THE GRADE: Giving computers and mittens

    TECH THE HALLS Litzy Diaz, 9, drew four red circles enclosing a yellow one on a V7 personal computer Monday in east Bakersfield. It's a flower, she said. She drew it using a painting application with Linda Fiddler, executive director of...

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    Lauren Small Children's Medical Center gets holiday gift from farmers

    Local farmers donated $2,000 to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's Lauren Small Children's Medical Center Monday. Sue Benham, vice president of philanthropy at the hospital, collected two oversized cardboard checks that were only a couple...

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    Taft elementary schools superintendent resigns

    Taft City School District Superintendent Ron Bryant resigned his post after pleading no contest to two counts of driving under the influence. The school board accepted his resignation Thursday during a special board meeting held at the...

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    THE GRADE: New shoes bring big smiles to Greenfield kids

    HAPPY FEET, HAPPY FACES: Tears welled up in the eyes of the Greenfield Union School District superintendent when he talked about a seventh-grader he helped Wednesday morning at a south Payless ShoeSource. Superintendent Chris Crawford had...

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    Taft superintendent 'disappointed' by Oliver mistrial

    Blanca Cavazos, superintendent of the Taft Union High School District, said in a statement Wednesday she was "disappointed" by Tuesday's mistrial in the Kern County Superior Court trial of school shooter Bryan Oliver. "We are disappointed...

  10. KHSD gets record number of Paramount grants

    Classrooms in the Kern High School District won a record 36 grants from a Central Valley school grants program, Paramount Education Programs (PEP) announced Monday. The agriculture business and education collaborative will give KHSD more...

  11. Taft elementary schools supe removed from paid leave

    The Taft City School District took Superintendent Ron Bryant off paid administrative leave Wednesday after the administrator was sentenced a day earlier for driving under the influence of alcohol. The district's school board president,...

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    THE GRADE: More on BCSD pay demands, discipline policy concerns

    BCSD TEACHERS WANT CHANGE: Bakersfield City School District teachers raised more issues Tuesday at a board meeting than could fit in Wednesday's Californian. Dozens of teachers and other union employees criticized district approaches to...

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    BCSD teachers want changes to discipline

    Teachers in the Bakersfield City School District refuted administrator claims Tuesday that an intervention system to replace suspensions and expulsions is working. More than 100 teachers, bus drivers and other union members packed the...

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