Berman addresses student homelessness at Foothill-De Anza board meeting

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Assemblyman Marc Berman, with microphone, fields questions from residents about his proposed legislation to combat student homelessness, AB 302, at a July 16 Los Altos Hills Town Hall meeting. On Monday, Berman attended the Foothill-De Anza Community College District board meeting to speak about the bill.

State Assemblyman Marc Berman attended Monday’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District board meeting to discuss Assembly Bill 302, legislation he authored that would require community colleges to allow homeless students sleep in their cars overnight on campus. 

CUSD parcel tax headed to November ballot

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In November, Voters will get to weigh in on a $125 parcel tax that would benefit the Cupertino Union School District. The tax would raise $4.3 million annually for five years.

The Cupertino Union School District Board of Trustees voted last week to place a parcel tax on the November ballot, aiming to help alleviate a tight budget.

The $125 tax would raise approximately $4.3 million annually for five years and would take effect July 1, 2020. The measure needs two-thirds approval from voters to pass.

State fines Cupertino Union School District

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Cupertino Union School District was fined $2,500 for violating a state ethics law. The violations date back to 2016 and 2017 when the district sent mass mailings out featuring members of the school board, who are elected officials. That violates the state's Political Reform Act.

The Cupertino Union School District faces a $2,500 fine for sending mass mailings featuring school board members, which violates the state’s Political Reform Act.

The Fair Political Practices Commission levied the fine earlier this month as part of a settlement with the school district. The district includes Montclaire Elementary School in Los Altos.

MVLA Foundation gives record grant

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Los Altos High School students work on a science lab for Meghan Strazicich's class. Strazicich received an Innovative Learning Grant from the MVLA Foundation.

The Mountain View-Los Altos High School Foundation has once again made a record grant to the high school district, raising $1.804 million, a $100,000 increase over last year.

The MVLA Foundation, which funds a variety of district programs, has a history of upping its contribution each year. The money largely comes from parent donations, as well as gifts and matching funds from local companies.

FHDA students urge board to address housing

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Students have argued that the Flint Center at De Anza College should be turned into student housing. The Foothill-De Anza Community College District's board voted to close the Flint Center last month, but its future is still uncertain.

More than a dozen students turned out to the Foothill-De Anza Community College District’s July 8 board meeting to reiterate the need for campus student housing.

A few brought signs with slogans like “Why is this even a fight? Housing is a human right!” and more than half a dozen spoke to the board.

BCS' Bullis-Purissima enrollment preference set to return

Beginning in the 2020-2021 school year, Bullis Charter School’s enrollment lottery will once again include a preference for students who live in what was the Bullis-Purissima attendance area.

For years, the charter school’s enrollment lottery included a preference for students who resided within the boundaries of the Bullis-Purissima School’s former attendance area. Up to 50% of the available openings at each grade level were filled by students who lived in that area.

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