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Arming teachers … and lawyers

The newest firearms proposal in Sacramento is arming principals, teachers and even janitors at public schools as a deterrent to violence.

School measures get OK in Cotati, Rohnert Park, Petaluma

A parcel tax in Cotati-Rohnert Park School District and a bond measure in Old Adobe School District are assured passage after county elections officials said too few ballots remain uncounted to change the outcomes. The victories finalize a sweep for the five school bond measures and one parcel tax that voters were asked to approve on June 5. Voters also said yes to bond measures for Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Wright and Guerneville school districts.

Most local school measures pass

Voters passed four school district bond measures in Sonoma County, but Tuesday’s vote was too close to call for two more school districts hoping for bond and tax measure money. Bonds totalling $64 million were approved in Sebastopol, Healdsburg, Wright and Guerneville.

Sonoma County schools prepare potential teacher layoffs

More than 45 teaching positions across Sonoma County could be eliminated next fall as districts deal with the uncertainty of a proposed state tax measure on the November ballot and ongoing cuts from Sacramento. The Sonoma County Office of Education also has warned that about 40 more of its positions could either be lost or cut back for the 2012-13 school year.

Santa Rosa teachers appeal for support

Hundreds of teachers and their supporters gathered Saturday in Santa Rosa’s Old Courthouse Square, seeking support for public education in the face of looming budget cuts again this year. With the theme “Public Education Strengthens our Community,” about 200 people held signs aloft for drivers, listened to speakers and collected classroom supplies in the event sponsored by the Santa Rosa Teachers Association.

GUEST OPINION: Take a look inside our schools

‘As educators, we ask for your support to help ensure that Sonoma County is a place where families want to raise and educate their children. Join us in the effort to strengthen school funding by supporting the state tax initiative to restore California schools.’

State’s reversal on school busing just latest wrinkle for local districts

Officials in Sonoma County’s 40 school districts are sorting through the latest budget wrinkle to come their way — a reversal of a cut to transportation funding but a offsetting decrease in per pupil spending by the state.

Educators laud Brown plan to trim tests

Sonoma County educators on Wednesday greeted Gov. Jerry Brown’s call for less student testing and quicker results on the remaining tests as a bit of good news for schools that are awash in financial worry. Brown said students are asked to take too many tests, and teachers learn little from them because results are not readily available. What do you think of the governor’s proposal?

School districts face hard decisions on bus service

This week, Gov. Jerry Brown announced a 50 percent cut in funding for school bus service as part of his plan to slash $1 billion from California’s budget. Some districts are considering eliminating bus service, while others said they will be forced to make cuts in other programs to continue busing kids to school.

Agencies in county brace for big cuts

Agencies across Sonoma County were scrambling Tuesday to determine the impact of the $1 billion in statewide cuts Gov. Jerry Brown announced as part of his latest bid to balance the state’s budget. The range of public services affected includes programs for the ailing and developmentally disabled, fees charged to the county for housing violent juvenile offenders and support for higher education.

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