Tag Archives: Government

Arne Duncan Stepping Down As Education Secretary

From NPR News

Arne Duncan will step down as President Obama’s education secretary in December, a White House official confirms to NPR.

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What Happens In Vegas Includes Crowded, Struggling Schools

Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230.

(Students eat lunch at Robert Forbuss Elementary School in Las Vegas. The school, designed for 780 students, enrolls 1,230.
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Las Vegas is back, baby. After getting slammed by the Great Recession, the city today is seeing rising home sales, solid job growth and a record number of visitors in 2014.stru

But the economic rebound has exacerbated the city’s severe school overcrowding and left school administrators, lawmakers and parents scrambling.

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Marine Corps Restores Tuition Assistance Program

U.S. Marine studies a mathematics textbook in his sleeping area on Jan. 31.

The Marine Corps has announced that as of April 8, funding for its Tuition Assistance program has been restored for the remainder of fiscal year 2013, and new enrollments in the program can start immediately.

Through Tuition Assistance, Marines can receive $250 per semester hour and $4,500 annually to further their education.

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From Sacbee.com : Union-backed bills target managers’ pay, special retirement fund

The California Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee‘s hearing today is considering one measure aimed at increasing state managers’ pay and another that would close and cash out a special retirement fund.

Senate Bill 216, by committee chairman Sen. Jim Beall, D-San Jose, would require the Department of Human Resources to “address” managerial and supervisorial employees’ salaries “consistent with the principle that a minimum 10 percent supervisory salary differential is appropriate.”

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White House Must Respond To Petition To Reinstate Military Tuition Assistance

Military college students

An online petition to reinstate military Tuition Assistance programs – halted due to sequestration cuts – has garnered more than 100,000 signatures. That magic number means the White House must now respond to the petition.

The petition calls on President Obama to reinstate military Tuition Assistance programs…

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Schools add labor post amid freeze

The central office

Fresh from the passage of California’s Proposition 30 tax increase to fund schools, the San Diego Unified School District earlier this year added an administrative position that pays $131,000 a year.

The job, executive labor relations chief, was not advertised. It went to Jennifer Carbuccia, a friend of school board member Richard Barrera, at his suggestion.

The board hired Carbuccia unanimously on Jan. 22, the same meeting that it announced it would impose a districtwide hiring freeze to help close a projected $88 million deficit to next year’s $1.1 billion operating budget.

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The numbers behind sequestration

Sequestration, a broad collection of cuts that will be rolled out over the next decade, started last week. The cuts represent a very small portion of the annual federal budget. But they will reduce services both nationally and locally. What follows is a look at the numbers behind the political debate.

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Ruling puts SD pension overhaul in doubt

Former San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders violated state labor law by taking a proposed pension overhaul directly to voters rather than first negotiating the plan with employee unions, according a ruling by an administrative law judge with the Public Employment Relations Board.

The long-awaited decision puts the future of Proposition B in doubt. The ballot initiative, which city voters overwhelmingly approved in June, replaced guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-style plans for most new city hires.

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