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Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

Newsom launches California discussion on state's higher education system

California's Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday the launch of a statewide higher education listening tour and an online campaign that will engage Californian's in a public dialogue, seeking their feedback and suggestions on issues relating to the state's higher education system.

In the coming months, Newsom is expected to travel to the University of California (UC), Califoria State University (CSU) and community college campuses, to meet with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, administration officials and community and business leaders.

"I look forward to having an honest conversation and hearing directly from students, educators and administration officials on everyday issues and challenges within our higher education system," said Newsom.

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is celebrating its 60th anniversary

The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is beginning its 60th anniversary with a big bash on Jan. 15, but it doesn't stop there.  It will continue celebrating with a year-long retrospective of great scientific milestones.  

Each weekend in 2011, The Discovery Museum, located at 3615 Auburn Blvd.

Tentative agreement reached with the Natomas Teachers Association

NATOMAS – The Natomas Unified School District met Thursday with the Natomas Teachers Association as part of the ongoing negotiations process to address the District’s fiscal crisis and potential State takeover.

In a collaborative effort, the parties reached a tentative agreement that will create 7.79 percent in budget savings for the 2011-12 school year, including seven furlough days and increasing the District class-size average by two.

Bobbie Plough, Superintendent, stated that the District and the Natomas Teachers Association are committed to the students, employees and community. The tentative agreement is a major step toward avoiding State takeover and establishing fiscal solvency for the District.

California ReLeaf announces student poster contest

SACRAMENTO -- California ReLeaf announced today the release of a statewide Arbor Week poster contest for students in third to fifth grades. Students are asked to create original artwork based on the theme “Trees Are Worth It”. Submissions are due to California ReLeaf by February 1, 2011.

In addition to the poster contest rules, educators can download a packet that includes three lesson plans that focus on the value of trees, community benefits of trees, and  jobs in the urban and community forestry field. The full packet including lesson plans and poster contest rules can be downloaded at www.californiareleaf.org/programs/arborweek.