Focus on Education (7-20-13)

July 19, 2013 


The Denair Unified School District has posted on its website an explanation of its negotiation process before the Public Employment Relations Board. The 109-page document includes its legal response to unfair-practices charges leveled by the Denair Unified Teachers Association. Click on the top link at


The Valley Home Educators Convention will be July 26-27 at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. This is the 20th year for the regional conference, which this year includes 24 speakers, roughly 80 workshops and exhibit booths. Sessions run from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $30. Children under 12 will not be admitted, except for nursing infants. Friday night banquet is $15. For more, visit or call (209) 303-3986.


The student-created online community Transgender Student Rights has joined GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network. Founded in 2009, the student group provides support and resources to transgender and gender-nonconforming students. Visit GLSEN's Transgender Student Rights page at


The Sylvan Union School District Board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave. Trustees will hear a report on a California Endowment program to reduce suspensions and expulsions in the Central Valley. The board will also hold a second reading for changes to board policies, including provisions relating to temporary teachers and student lice infections. See the full agenda at


The Riverbank Unified School District Board will hold a special meeting at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at the district boardroom, 6715 Seventh St., Riverbank. Trustees will vote on hiring Diana Jimenez to be Riverbank High principal. See the full agenda at

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