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Public invited to discuss quality of education on Feb 1

Public invited to discuss quality of education on Feb 1

More than 500 people will discuss the need to improve education in Sacramento and across the country, at a special event on February 1, 2011. It will begin at 7:30 pm at Sacramento Charter High School.

The event is FREE and open to the public.

Nationally recognized analysts Mike Medved and Dick Morris are confirmed as speakers at the event. 

National School Choice Week, January 23-29, 2011, will shine an unprecedented spotlight on the need to dramatically improve educational outcomes for children and will highlight the benefits of school choice programs.

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a statewide higher education listening tour and an online campaign that will engage Californian's in a public dialogue, seeking their feedback and suggestions on issues relating to the state's higher education system.

In the coming months, Newsom is expected to travel to the University of California (UC), Califoria State University (CSU) and community college campuses, to meet with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, administration officials and community and business leaders.

"I look forward to having an honest conversation and hearing directly from students, educators and administration officials on everyday issues and challenges within our higher education system," said Newsom.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.

Kit Carson Middle School closed Thursday and Friday due to power loss

 SACRAMENTO --  An electrical malfunction at Kit Carson Middle School has left the school without power and will force the school to be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week (December 16 and 17), district officials announced today.

While the school will not be open to students, it will remain under 24-hour a day surveillance by district security.  Classes will resume following the Winter Break on Monday, January 3.

Kit Carson parents who would like more information about the closure should call the district office at (916) 643-7444.