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Gibson’s Race for School Board Elevated the Debate

Editor, 2014 was perhaps the first time ever that the school board race was more interesting than the City Council election.  The debate on school issues focused on high stakes substantive policy, instead of the same old petty politics and anachronistic rivalries we saw in the...

School Board Welcomes Old and New

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Incumbent Ketta Brown was the top vote-getter in Tuesday’s election and will return to the Laguna Beach School Board for a third four-year term. Newcomers Carol Normandin and Dee Perry, who won the other two available seats on the five-member board,...

School Candidates Q&A

Q1 Will Common Core make students better workers but expose them less to a liberal arts education? Q2 What needs improvement? Ketta Brown Age: 54 Education: BA, University of Washington, 1982 Occupation: Homemaker for 24 years Contributions: $5,800* A1 Brown’s position is that...

Voter Questions Brown’s Judgment

Editor, What’s not to like about Ketta?  Unpretentious charisma, great soccer mom, school volunteer.  Good character not in question, it’s her judgment that let us down. Ketta Brown told the Indy, “There’s so much new…coming down from federal and state government…I realize having...

Election Becomes a Referendum on Common Core Curriculum

Editor, After reading the Indy’s article last week on the school board candidates, I am astounded. It seems as if everyone has bought the idea that Common Core is a good idea. It isn’t. It is a program devised by the federal government (and we know how their programs turn out) to...

Criticism of Curriculum Hits Home

Editor: Thanks for informing readers about debate on Common Core mandates for local school curriculum. Curriculum, school finances, personnel policy, community relations, these are the issues that matter. Still, after your article some asked why I am running for school board when...

Candidate Vows to Keep Education Creative Not Common

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Annette Gibson gets fiery when she talks about changes in education policy, a subject she thinks is slipping into classrooms without close scrutiny. Gibson, 47, a first-time candidate for the Laguna Beach Unified School District’s Board of Education,...

New Administrators Join School District

Two newcomers joined the school district’s administrative team, the district announced this week. Jeff Dixon was hired as the director of facilities and Amy Kernan as the coordinator of assessment, accountability and special projects. The hires were approved by the school board...

School Leaders Come Out for Meet and Greet

Parents have a chance to meet the school district’s two new principals and new staff at the year’s first PTA Coffee Break meeting, 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at Top of the World Elementary School. Administrators will also discuss plans for the new school year, including the...

Schools Just Average for Computer Use

Laguna public schools are average when it comes to computer collaboration in the classroom, according to a survey of students and teachers by the school district’s new technology director. And Mike Morrison said it’s his job to change that. More students need to use computers to...

Schools Add New Science Classes, Bus Route

With $180,000 earmarked for new classes and $25,000 for an early-morning bus service, a $46.8 million budget received preliminary approval Tuesday from the Laguna Beach school district board. The 7.3 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget of $43.6 million is due to rising...

Taking a Lesson in New Math Standards

Many students fall off the math train when the tracks switch between algebra and geometry.  If algebra doesn’t make sense, it’s hard to make the leap, much less go on to calculus, say experts in math education who spoke at a special school district board meeting Monday about new...

Special Ed Goes Common Core

In this class, acting out is encouraged. With its emphasis on less is more, the new Common Core state-mandated academic standards still require teachers to cover certain subjects, but at a less hectic pace. The focus is depth rather than breadth of subject to engender greater...

Demystifying Changes in State Testing

Parents are invited to a workshop Tuesday, March 18, on the state’s Common Core, which will be held at the high school’s library from 6 to 7:30 p.m. This spring, public school students are participating in a field test of the California Assessment of Student Performance and...

Computer Smarts Put to First Test

By Rita Robinson | LB Indy Every fifth-grade student at El Morro Elementary School will fire up a personal computer on April 7 to take the first computer-based test of new state academic teaching standards known as the Common Core. No more paper, No. 2 pencils or best-guess...
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