ALearn announces merger with SVEF


The Los Altos-founded nonprofit ALearn and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation are merging their efforts to offer math and college readiness programs to underserved students.

MVLA approves Facilities Master Plan, hires assistant director of Adult School

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees approved the Facilities Master Plan at its Jan. 22 meeting after a number of district parents voiced their support for the proposed upgrades.

County project aims to alleviate local teacher housing problems

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Supervisor Joe Simitian last week aimed at developing teacher housing on county-owned land in Palo Alto.

The project is designed to reach beyond Palo Alto and include school districts in Los Altos and Mountain View, as well as the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

LASD's new English curriculum draws opponents, defenders

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English teacher Karen Kehlet gives eighth-grade students one-on-one guidance last week in class at Egan Junior High School. Egan adopted a new English curriculum this school year.

The Los Altos School District’s new English curriculum for its two junior high schools has drawn criticism from parents, but district officials defend the strategy-based system that allows students to choose their own reading materials.

Nancy Bremeau, whose son attends Egan Junior High, told the Town Crier that many parents hire tutors to supplement the new English curriculum, which she said “no longer offers grammar, spelling and vocabulary instruction.”

MVLA welcomes new associate superintendent, postpones Facilities Master Plan vote two weeks

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved the hiring of Leyla Benson as associate superintendent for personnel at its Jan. 8 meeting. Benson will begin in her new role Monday.

As associate superintendent, Benson will administer personnel responsibilities including the recruitment, selection, hiring and orientation of all new staff, and will ensure that the district conforms to its policies, relevant laws, contracts and agreements. She also will advise Superintendent Jeff Harding, district administrators, managers, principals and assistant principals on personnel-related matters.

Parents air concerns about 10th school site & intermediate-school English curriculum

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The Los Altos School District has targeted the Old Mill/Safeway property, which includes an office building, above, for a 10th school site. The property owners aren’t willing to sell, however.

Fifteen residents and an attorney spoke at the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees meeting Jan. 8, primarily expressing their opinions on the prospect of the district invoking eminent domain to acquire property for a 10th school site.

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