San Jose schools do heavy lifting toward college

A handful of once-struggling Silicon Valley high schools -- Yerba Buena, Del Mar and Overfelt -- has dramatically increased the number of college-bound students.  
Kids reportedly fail to retain as much as two months of math and reading instruction as they while away the idyllic hours of summer. So this year, we are tapping into the vast number of digital resources that are increasingly available to supplement classroom learning or help home-schooling families.  
 
In researching online education opportunities for her children to keep their brains active this summer, columnist Michelle Quinn landed on these options.  
 
A 24-year-old receptionist at a tutoring center was arrested last week on suspicion of engaging in sexual behavior with a teen girl, police said.  
 
Parvin Ahmadi will start July 1 as Castro Valley superintendent  
 
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Forty-nine spellers advanced Wednesday to the semifinals of the 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee, but the Bay Area contenders were not among them.  
 
The Silicon Valley Community Foundation and San Mateo County on Wednesday unveiled an ambitious program to bolster reading skills among elementary school children.  
 
Stanford University was identified as one of several labs across the country that may have received a live anthrax sample from the U.S. Army.  
 
Courtesy of Barbara Bass Bakar
The scholarships are funded by philanthropist Barbara Bass Baker, who founded the Achieve program in 1997. After remaining anonymous for a few years, Baker realized it was important to become personally involved with the students she was helping by visiting their homes and adding an intensive college counseling component to the program, said Dean of Students Kendra Carr.  
 
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Milt Werner, who will be taking over the duties of Principal Simon Chiu, is a former superintendent of the Fremont Unified School District, and has previously served as principal of San Leandro High School, Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Union City's James Logan High School and Washington High School in Fremont.  
 
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
Michael Jackson's ranch can be yours for $100 million

'Thriller’ singer’s amusement parks rides are gone, and property now called Sycamore Valley Ranch.