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    THE GRADE: State schools superintendent campaigning in town

    STATE SCHOOLS CHIEF VISITS: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, up for re-election this year, stopped in Bakersfield Wednesday on the campaign trail. Speaking Wednesday at a town hall meeting held at the Kern High...

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    Parents flock to Liberty High following vague online threat

    When Joy Palkovic, a Liberty High School senior, saw an online post anonymously threatening a school shooting if the idea garnered enough social media support, she thought it was a joke. She didn’t begin to worry until the post, shared on...

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    KHSD gets magazine pouches for semi-automatic rifles

    The Kern High School District received magazine pouches last year for semi-automatic rifles the district hopes it won't have to use. The district has 25 AR-15 semi-automatic rifles and received 30 magazine pouches for M4 assault rifle...

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    School board candidates talk expulsion, BC satellite campus

    Local school board candidates discussed much-criticized Kern High School District expulsion rates and a need for career and technical education Thursday night at a public debate in contested KHSD and Kern Community College District races....

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    Tevis Junior High vice principal files claim against BPD

    Attorneys for a Tevis Junior High vice principal arrested on the campus in August by Bakersfield police for having a concealed gun filed a legal claim against the police department Thursday claiming false arrest and other damages. Kent...

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    THE GRADE: School board candidates lay out their priorities; Brown acts on education bills

    KHSD BOARD CANDIDATES: We asked candidates in contested Kern High School District and Kern Community College District races to spell out their priorities and qualifications to serve. They answered in interviews, on campaign websites and...

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    Gov approves 4-year degrees at CA community colleges

    Claudia Morales, a first-year Bakersfield College student, not only wants to earn a two-year certification to design buildings. The 24-year-old also wants to get a bachelor's degree in industrial architecture at BC -- an impossible dream...

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    Election notebook: Classified union backs KHSD incumbents

    A local chapter of the California School Employees Association, the union that represents classified employees, has endorsed incumbent school board candidates Martha Miller and Mike Williams in contested Kern High School District races....

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    Pig handling stuns fair-goers

    Kern County Fair-goers were outraged Thursday when hundreds of sold hogs housed in a three-section ring erupted in fights. Fair workers, attempting to stop several of the fights, kicked and grabbed the animals and used what looked like...

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    THE GRADE: When a bear swings by, truancy and more

    WHEN A BEAR SWINGS BY: A Voorhies Elementary School bus bringing students to school was just arriving about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday when school officials got a call from local law enforcement that a bear had been spotted in the area. Principal...

  11. Election notebook: High school and college district board debates coming up

    Local candidates in contested high school and community college school board races will participate in a public debate Oct. 2 at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools City Centre building. The Californian and Kern Citizens for...

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    New KHSD superintendent: Midwestern roots, Bakersfield branches

    Bryon Schaefer learned to love school and appreciate the importance of a bonded community when, at the age of 16, tragedy thrust him into challenging circumstances. His mother died of breast cancer halfway through Schaefer's high school...

  13. KHSD Spanish teacher still teaching after alleged assault

    A Centennial High Spanish teacher arrested Sept. 13 on suspicion of assaulting another man will remain in the classroom for now, according to the Kern High School District. Bakersfield police Sgt. Joe Grubbs said the teacher, Alberto...

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