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The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

By Jerrold Jensen In a perfect world, every student would graduate from high school with the skills necessary to either enter college or embark on some other career. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world.  However, the California Department of Education does have a wide ranging composite measurement that establishes the percent of graduates […]

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Redwood High School student threatens to ‘kill as many people as possible’

Student, 18, admitted to writing the message on the wall of the boys bathroom at Redwood High School @TheSunGazette VISALIA – A Redwood High School senior was arrested Monday for writing that he would “kill as many people as possible” on the bathroom wall if the school was not evacuated on Feb. 5. At 5:30 […]

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El Diamante High School students plan to gather 2,500 pairs of shoes by March 15 as part of global movement

By Nancy Vigran  Reporter for The Sun-Gazette VISALIA – El Diamante students are in need of shoes. Not for themselves. For small business owners in developing nations to repurpose. Members of the student body are collecting new or gently-used shoes as part of a Parent, Teacher, Student Association (PTSA) fundraiser. The shoe drive is already […]

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High School Graduation Rates and the Dropout Factor

By Jerrold Jensen Where have all the high school dropouts gone? Every one of the 16 large “mainstream” high schools in Tulare County reported that over 94% of their students graduated in 2018. So, what changed? Examining Visalia’s Mt. Whitney High School may simplify the explanation. In the fall of 2014 they enrolled 440 freshmen […]

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County program gets $400K grant to curb underage drinking, traffic deaths

By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN TULARE COUNTY – A Tulare County-based organization dedicated to reversing the trend of underage drinking, smoking, drug use, and traffic safety issues statewide will now have some major funding backing its efforts. The California Friday Night Live Partnership (CFNLP) announced last month it was awarded a $400,000 grant to support Friday Night […]

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Granite Hills will represent Tulare County at state championship in March

@TheSunGazette TULARE COUNTY – California’s standardized testing may give you a glimpse into a high school’s ability to educate students in math and English, but nothing gives you a snapshot into how well rounded those students are quite like the Academic Decathlon. On Feb. 2, the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) held the final […]

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Exeter students graduate from Fresno Pacific University

FRESNO – Three Exeter students graduated from Fresno Pacific University last month. Amy Lee Hendrick, Maria Koo, and Victoria Neil Pendleton, all of Exeter, were among 439 graduates at the university’s spring commencement, which took place on Dec. 15, 2018 in the Selland Arena at the Fresno Convention and Entertainment Center, near the corner of […]

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EUHS offers computer science, video editing, and sculpture to students

@TheSunGazette EXETER – This time next year, Exeter Union High School students will be learning to design Internet video content, be “artrepeneurs”, and preparing for jobs in video editing for journalism. These skills are all part of new courses the Exeter Unified School District board approved at its Jan. 16 meeting for the 2019-20 school […]

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Lindsay Club announces TERRIFIC kids for January

@TheSunGazette LINDSAY– Two lucky students who exemplify the best Lindsay Unified strives for were selected as Kiwanis learners for the month of January. Kiwanis is dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Lindsay Kiwanis Club recognizes Lindsay Unified School District learners who are Thoughtful-Enthusiastic-Respectful-Responsible-Inclusive-Friendly-Inquisitive-Capable (TERRIFIC) and who serve their […]

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Ready, Set… No

By Jerrold H. Jensen Most Tulare County high schools lag behind the rest of the state in producing graduates qualified for admission to the University of California or the California State University system. The requirements are clearly stated on their web sites: “Admission to the CSU as a freshman takes into account the specific courses […]

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