Here are five top takeaways from a conference for education writers about state testing coming this spring, including complaints about too many tests, how to use tests to improve learning and the furor over tying teacher evaluations to test scores.
Officials gathered Wednesday at Modesto Centre Plaza to talk about why the Northern San Joaquin Valley should define itself as a region distinct from the rest of the San Joaquin Valley and align its economic destiny with the Bay Area and Sacramento region.
The Covered California bus stopped Wednesday at Modesto’s McHenry Village on the 10th day of a scheduled nine-day tour of the state. The health benefits exchange extended the tour for an extra day to deliver the feel-good message that affordable health insurance is available for all.
The city on Wednesday opened the application period for the position of police chief. The position was created last month when the City Council voted to dissolve the Department of Public Safety in favor of creating separate police and fire departments.
After a fifth day of deliberations in a trial for three defendants accused of murder in the stabbing of a teenager during what authorities believe was a botched robbery at a Modesto park, the jury reached a verdict, which will be announced Thursday.
The Oakdale Irrigation District plans to sell $3.9 million worth of water to out-of-area buyers in 2015, has begun negotiating potential sales, and is considering offering local farmers financial incentives to fallow their land so additional irrigation water can be marketed to others.
Officials gathered Tuesday morning for the opening ceremony of Downey Terrace, an 11-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors in Modesto. The project is a partnership between the Housing Authority and the city.
A briefing of the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee on the state’s proposals to reduce river diversions for agriculture quickly turned into a pointed discussion about Oakdale Irrigation District’s determination to pump groundwater for its farmers while selling surface water to agencies outside the region.
Interest in city council and supervisors’ board meetings ebbs and flows with the agenda items for a particular meeting. But agency meetings where water is the topic are different, because everyone has a stake.
Modesto-raised Lindsay Pearce is going from the “Glee” classroom to the “Grey’s” gurney. The 23-year-old actress appears on an episode of the hit medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” airing Thursday on ABC. She will return to Modesto this weekend to sing in a special holiday show at MJC.