Rising teacher pension costs are complicating salary negotiations and weighing down higher budget forecasts from an improved state fiscal outlook. Contributions start a steep climb this year to offset the anticipated $70.4 billion future shortfall of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System.
Modesto City Schools board members will talk about school discipline and preschool programs at their Monday meeting. They will also vote on fast-tracking fire damage repairs at Johansen High School, estimated to cost $9 million.
Special education student Tabitha Harrison of Hughson will graduate with a full diploma and head to pastoral training in Redding. But it took overcoming the label of mental retardation through parent advocacy and leaving special classes for homeschooling through a charter to make it happen. (Nan Austinfirstname.lastname@example.org)