Friday, March 27, 2015

Salinas students help Alejo's ethnic studies bill move forward

A law that would require California public high schools to offer an ethnic studies course was approved in the Assembly Committee on Education this week. And several students from the Salinas Valley Dream Academy were there to testify in support of the bill.

The bill would require the development an A-G educational curriculum for Ethnic Studies, and then require that Ethnic Studies courses be available as an elective for students at all California high schools.

Alejo, who proposed a similar bill in 2014, is being joined by several assemblymembers from different ethnic backgrounds and a Republican to co-sponsor the bill, which makes it for a stronger effort that's likely to gain more support this time around.

Students from Alisal High School in Salinas and the Salinas Valley Dream Academy testified in Sacramento in support of the bill. Ruben Pizarro, director of the academy, sure likes to take those students everywhere!

The bill will next be heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, where it will be analyzed on a fiscal basis.

Hartnell College publishes yearly report

If you haven't had a chance to keep up with Hartnell College, their yearly report just came out and it's very glossy. It also has some interesting tidbits, namely, did you know the college has the fifth largest percentage of students in California who are first in their families to go to college? Who knew.

It also has a really cool rendition of the science building, and other interesting stuff. It doesn't have the $5 million the CST-in-3 the college received in conjunction with CSUMB, but I'm assuming the 56-page booklet had already gone to press when the announcement was made.

Here it is, if you're curious.

Salinas City holds meeting to give input on new superintendent

The search is on to find a new superintendent for the Salinas City Elementary School district, and a meeting will be held from 2 to 4 pm Sunday to help identify the most desirable characteristics in a new leader.

The meeting will take place in the multi-purpose room of Lincoln School, 705 California St. For more information call (831) 222-0680.