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Sonoma County parents fight students’ 22-day suspension

8th grader at Hillcrest Middle School, Reilly Austin, and her mother Stacia Austin are fighting back against Reilly's expulsion from school after she admitting to take a sip of alcohol from a Pepsi can while at school. Reilly says she thought it was a soda and was unaware of the alcohol, but the zero tolerance policy at the school demanded that she remain suspended for nearly a month, Monday, April 7, 2014. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

Three Sonoma County eighth-grade students who admitted they took a sip from a Pepsi can containing alcohol were barred from campus for more than a month, prompting their parents to say the district’s zero tolerance policy has run amok.

Santa Rosa Junior College picks Kathleen Doyle for trustee spot

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Kathleen Doyle, a former Santa Rosa Junior College trustee who resigned the post in 2005 before moving out of state, was chosen Tuesday to fill the seat on the board vacated by Onita Pelligrini in January.

Santa Rosa schools move forward on bond referendum

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Santa Rosa City Schools officials are moving forward with plans to put a bond measure on the November ballot after a survey found voters likely to support projects aimed at upgrading and modernizing facilities and equipment.

Applicants vying for seat on SRJC board named

The Board of Trustees will interview all six applicants at a special Feb. 20 board meeting.

Santa Rosa school board approves bond survey

Santa Rosa City Schools officials on Wednesday approved $15,000 to pay for a voter survey on a potential school bond.

Santa Rosa to settle another rental property lapse

For three years Santa Rosa has been undercharging a preschool that rents a city-owned building in Northwest Community Park.

SRJC finances improve, but school faces aging staff and buildings

Santa Rosa Junior College President Dr. Frank Chong greets Kate McClintock, Executive Director of the SRJC Foundation, during a ceremony Thursday marking his annual state-of -the-college address at Walter Haehl Pavilion on the Santa Rosa campus. (ALVIN JORNADA / For The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa Junior College faces a series of long term challenges, but the improving economic climate and a growing base of private funding support has poised the institution for continued growth, President Frank Chong told members of the SRJC Foundation during his annual address on the state of the college.

Santa Rosa school board weighs bond measure or tax hike


Santa Rosa City Schools is considering pursuing a bond measure or parcel tax to offset deep cuts from Sacramento in recent years. The school board on Wednesday night discussed what remains in outstanding principal from voter-supported bonds dating back to 1991 and whether local voters would support another round of either taxes or bond repayments.

SRJC to add 500 academic classes

Jazmine Whitlock of Santa Rosa, studying her astronomy homework at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa on Friday, said the lack of course offerings has made it difficult for students to progress on schedule. The school announced Friday it will reinstate 500 classes that had been eliminated by budget cuts. (KENT PORTER / THE PRESS DEMOCRAT)

Santa Rosa Junior College announced Friday plans to restore up to 500 classes eliminated by persistent budget cuts, enabling students to earn academic degrees and technical education certificates more quickly.

GUEST OPINION: The wide-ranging local impacts of education

Jenni Klose.

During my campaign for the Santa Rosa school board, I was surprised at how many people said that they don’t follow local education and don’t vote in school board races because they don’t have school-age children.