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Nan Austin

Lawmakers, lawyers zero in on seniority-only job security

Two separate challenges to the supremacy of teacher seniority in California are moving forward this week. One is a legal pleading. The second is legislative reform. With teachers already in short supply, California’s dedication to safeguarding those closest to retirement seems like a legal stand ripe for rethinking.

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Modesto middle school math master

Eighth Grader Nick Panyanouvong tells why he likes the challenge of math. The Savage Middle School student placed in the top 10 percent internationally in the Mathematics Olympian. (Nan Austin/naustin@modbee.com)

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Prescott students show their strength in PE open house

At a recent open house, Prescott Junior High School students showcased their rigorous physical education. In the early 1970s, new PE teacher Mark Wilson, fresh from Army service, developed what could be called a boot camp with a heart at the school. Current PE teacher Kris Lindberg said the program, based on “work ethic and integrity,” was modeled after a program at La Sierra High School in Sacramento but “pared down” to be better suited for junior high students. It’s been adjusted over the years, she said.

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Modesto middle school math master

Eighth Grader Nick Panyanouvong tells why he likes the challenge of math. The Savage Middle School student placed in the top 10 percent internationally in the Mathematics Olympian. (Nan Austin/naustin@modbee.com)
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