Marin Community Foundation is making grants of nearly $2 million to support efforts in eight elementary schools across the county.
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“The foundation realizes that the earliest years of education, starting in preschool and continuing through the third grade, set the stage for life-long success, both in school and beyond,” said Thomas Peters, the foundation’s president. “Research shows that without a grasp of basic skills at this young age, students rarely catch up later on.”
The schools are located in the four districts where the foundation is focusing support under its five-year, $35 million commitment to close the education achievement gap in Marin: San Rafael, Sausalito, Marin City, Novato and Shoreline in West Marin.
“There is growing consensus across the country about the effectiveness of this kind of multi-grade, team approach to helping young students get started in school,” said Mr. Peters. “Plus, we’re learning more about the importance of early childhood preschool activities, including ones that parents undertake with their kids at home, so that young children enter school prepared to succeed.”
Dominican University of California saw an 18 percent increase in incoming freshman this fall compared with last year.
Of those diverse 343 students, Dominican received 105 new transfer students, up 46 percent from 72 new transfers the same time last school year.
The incoming class boosted Dominican’s fall 2010 total enrollment to 2,194, up from 1,930 last year year-to-date.
The California Assembly unanimously approved SB 1440, a bill that would put into place standards for students who transfer from a California community college to the California State University.
The assembly appropriations committee also passed the bill unanimously. It next goes to the Senate. If approved, it will go into effect next fall.
Currently, the degree process is governed by each community college. Some of these programs align with four-year degrees and some do not.
What the author of the bill, Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima, is intending to do is streamline the process so all students who go through a community college program with the goal of transferring to a CSU will be able to do so with ease and not have to retake courses.
A projected $160 million would be saved if this goes through, a savings of $75 million annually for the community colleges and $85 million annually for the CSU system because fewer classes will be needed.
College of Marin has named five finalists for the position of superintendent/president to replace Dr. Frances White, who retired in June.
There were 65 candidates from across the country. Campus and community forums for each candidate will be held on Aug. 30, Aug. 31, Sept. 1, Sept. 2 and Sept. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Olney Hall Auditorium; from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Indian Valley Campus in Miwok 181; and a third public forum will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Olney Hall Auditorium.
The candidates are: