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Oui! Johansen French teacher captures state title

The bell rings. Johansen High teens amble out of Debbie Sessa’s French class as she calls out instructions and reminders. “It’s not what you teach them, it’s that you show them you care. It’s good, at the beginning and end of class, to check in,” said Sessa, the newly named California League of High Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year.

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Sheriff dropped from lawsuit over locksmith’s death

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson no longer is a defendant in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by survivors of a locksmith killed alongside a deputy sheriff in 2012. But others in Christianson’s department remain on the hook, with a trial scheduled for August.

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Turlock schools address dual-language program overcrowding

Faced with a dual-language program that’s bursting at the seams, Turlock Unified School District trustees took steps to start a sister program at a second campus and move its sixth-grade class to a middle school. The board also decided to boost the pay of Superintendent Sonny Da Marto, who announced he will retire June 30.

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