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San Diego Unified, Union Declare Contract Negotiation Impasse

After 10 months of labor negotiations, San Diego Unified School District and its teachers union declared an impasse.

In a statement, Superintendent Cindy Martin said they have “reached tentative agreements on nearly all issues including adding more counselors, nurses and special education support; increasing time for teacher preparation; maintaining benefits; and supporting consistent Visiting Teacher coverage. There are still a few areas where we have been unable to reach agreement.”

Lower class size and pay are the two sticking points — two of the most expensive issues.

The district can’t afford to pay teachers what they are asking for, Martin said.

“It does come down to money when you’re at the very end of the negotiations,” Martin said. ”We have mutually declared an impasse, which is simply another step in the bargaining process.“

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Balboa Park To Host Art, Science Festival

A celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, or STEAM., is on tap this Sunday in Balboa Park.

Organizers expect more than 10,000 people at Balboa Park’s seventh annual STEAM Day.

Free STEAM-themed crafts will line the park’s Prado. And the museums will admit kids under 12 for no charge if they are with a paid adult.

Ashanti Davis from the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center said people forget that science can be stranger than art.

“These things are weird, there are parts of them that are involved in everything that we do and there are parts that are very strange and bizarre,” Davis said. “And we want to know more because we want to know where its going and where its going to take us next.”

Angela Bacon from the San Diego Model Railroad Museum said they hope the event brings joy to science education.

“Because a lot of time when kids think about science and math all they think about is statistics and numbers and it might drag them down a little,” Bacon said. “And this is a fun way to engage people and to learn that science and math can be fun.“

To see the complete list of all that’s going on for everyone at STEAM Day, go to balboapark.org/STEAMday.

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Writing Art with Computer Code

Creating art by programming computers is cutting edge for both computer programming and art. The students in Margaret Noble’s art class at High Tech High’s Media Art Center are walking up to that edge and trying to push past it.

Not only did the students have to learn a computer language, but they also had to choose a subject on which to focus their art. More than 50 students chose subjects ranging from police brutality to noise pollution to post-traumatic stress.

And none of the young artists touched a paintbrush or pencil to create their art. The artworks were made one line of computer code at a time.

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Big Changes, High Hopes For Sweetwater School Board This Election

All five of the Sweetwater Union High School District’s Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs in November and many hope the new candidates will bring a fresh start to a district plagued with corruption scandals.

The scandals involving the Sweetwater board of trustees began to unfold almost three years ago. Jill Galvez is a Chula Vista voter and former city council candidate. She said the entire district is still recovering from the humiliation.

“Our community has a black eye because of our crooked board members,” Galvez said. “It’s been an embarrassment, frankly, for the whole South Bay.”

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One San Diego Mother’s Battle For Her Dyslexic Son

“Dyslexia was identified as a disorder in 1881 by Oswald Berkhan. Yet San Diego County parents are still fighting with school districts over how to help students with the world’s most common learning disability.

Here’s how the challenge played out for one San Diego mother and her son.

Ten year-old Zachary White is in the fifth grade. He sits in his tutor’s classroom and reads aloud from “Charlotte’s Web.”

“One of the pigs is a runt. It’s very small and weak and will never amount to anything,” he reads.

Today, Zachary can read at his grade level, but that took years of work. Zachary is dyslexic.”

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San Diego Unified Sees Large Increase In Number Of Homeless Students

“About 1,500 children were cared for at St. Vincent de Paul Village last year, and about 40 percent were younger than 5, a spokesman for the charity announced Wednesday.

In San Diego, the Unified School District said about 3,000 students classified as homeless attended school last year. This year that number has grown to 5,448.

The figures were released in conjunction with a U.S. Department of Education report on homeless children in public schools that found 1.3 million youths living on the streets, “couch surfing” or part of multiple families sharing a home or motel room, up from 8 percent in 2011-12 — the most recent year for which data is available.”

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Educators at STEM Symposium Work to Bridge Achievement Gaps

“More than 3,000 educators have come to San Diego for the second annual STEM Symposium. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation is hosting the event for its second year.

This year’s theme is closing the gender achievement gap in STEM studies and professions. According to Education Week, boys and men still far outnumber girls and women in STEM studies and professions.”

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San Diego Unified School Board Not Notified About Military-Style Vehicle

Whether you call it an MRAP, a tank or a rescue vehicle, San Diego Unified School District’s new military-style vehicle is causing controversy on the school board.

Since KPBS media partner inewsource first reported on Tuesday that the district’s Police Department had acquired the armored vehicle under a federal program to give away military surplus equipment to law enforcement agencies, the story has gone viral.

On Thursday, San Diego Unified trustee Scott Barnett said he and his fellow school board members should have been told about the plan to acquire a mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle.

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Chula Vista School District Failed To Accommodate Learning Disabilities

Next spring, kindergarten through 12th-grade students across California will be tested to see if they meet new Common Core standards, and many districts will also continue testing for their own local standards.

Last spring, Chula Vista Elementary School District gave two big tests to its students, and they might have violated state mandates to make testing modifications for students with disabilities.

Testing dominates the school year now. Students like fourth grader Abby Eten feel the stress. Abby said she feels like a rubber band.

“If I keep on stretching it and stretching it, it’s going to break,” she said.

Abby has more challenges than other fourth graders: She’s dyslexic. Abby’s mother, Justina Eten, said she’s always surprised by how smart her daughter is.

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Chula Vista Teachers Enter Mediation With District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District and its teacher’s union are attempting to end a contract impasse through mediation.

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