Emeryville schools chief sharpens budget-cutting knife

The district is facing staff cuts after 15 years of declining enrollment.  
The Brookvale neighborhood property was bought for $52.8 million. It is situated at 35068 Fremont Blvd., near Decoto Road, and set between two housing tracts.  
A report from the nonprofit California Policy Center shows that many retired teachers and credentialed administrators earn far more than many members of the public may believe, including over 200 in the East Bay who took in more than $100,000 each in 2014. With CalSTRS' unfunded liability at $75 billion, increased pension payments are cutting into classroom spending, says the organization's executive director.  
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Senate Bill 200 -- inspired by this newspaper's reports on an Orinda elementary school student improperly deemed to be living outside her district's boundaries -- would update state school residency laws to ensure live-in workers, such as nannies, caregivers, maids and gardeners whose children live with them could attend school in that district.  
A Danville student named Everest decides to turn sadness and frustration over his inability to travel straight to the heart of Nepal, the country of his namesake, into the next best thing: a website for a local grass-roots fundraising campaign to help Nepal earthquake relief efforts. It has so far raised more than $7,000.  
The scholarship pays for college and graduate school for high-performing, low-income high school seniors and is given to 1,000 students nationwide.  
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Federal investigators are interviewing staff and administrators about sexual harassment at Berkeley High School following the discovery of an Instagram page, created by male students last fall, that included photos of female students accompanied by disparaging sexual comments. Five boys were suspended in October for their involvement in the page, and a parent filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights in December, saying that incident, as well as others, led her to bring the action.  
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Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux will not renew her contract after it expires in June 2016, the women's college announced Thursday.  
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Don't call it 'Merdead': UC Merced students say the 10-year-old campus is not to be underestimated.  
Union head says talks "not dire"  
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'An Ember in the Ashes' poised to set YA market afire

After a launch party April 28 at Kepler's Books, Sabaa Tahir of Mountain View will embark on a seven-city national book tour; and Paramount has already snapped up the movie rights in a seven-figure deal and foreign rights have been sold in 24 countries.