January 5, 2015 / Published in Education
21st Century classroom pic Opinions vary widely on what the 21st Century School should look like. It all depends on the school's vision.
Image source: Flickr CC user Cliff In Washington, D.C., a school district recently took what it felt was the fastest route to get the word out to students that it was now acceptable for them to bring their smartphones to class: the school district tweeted them. The district ended an all-out ban on mobile devices in the classroom in 23 high schools. Why fight against the current of the times? After all, their kids and most kids who attend a 21st Century school surf the Internet on their phones to discover what’s going on. Just as the blackboard went out of fashion, so too should this idea that students should leave potential learning tools in the locker. Or so the district believes.
January 2, 2015 / Published in Education
school protests Charter schools have drawn protests around the country when they co-locate with public schools in the same building, as with this one in Manhattan. Fortunately, charter schools have several options to obtain private facilities in California.
Image source: Flickr CC user Jkrincon California has more than 1,000 charter schools, the most in the country. As the popularity of these independent, taxpayer-funded schools has grown, so too has the controversy over providing them with classrooms and facilities.
December 15, 2014 / Published in Education
School construction bond When schools need to build new resources, they may seek a school construction bond.
Image source: Flickr CC user USAG - Humphreys My mother use to say, "It's not polite to talk about money in public." I've mostly stood by this advice when exchanging casual niceties at the local coffee shop, but with this year's election results still hot on everyone's mind - perhaps more accurately, on their tongues - I was surprised to find myself in the middle of a public discussion about school bonds and new taxation. Our school district had succeeded in campaigning for a bond that would support the construction of a new elementary school in our district. Democracy had prevailed, I thought. We're all getting what we wanted!
December 12, 2014 / Published in Education
In parenting circles, there’s one question that becomes more and more pressing with the unveiling of each new iPhone: how do we get our kids to spend more time outside? Parents debate the overuse of smartphones and the importance of limiting screen time, and while there are rarely simple solutions, I will say this: there
December 8, 2014 / Published in Education
The phrase “failing public schools” is one we’ve all heard for decades. It becomes a hot-button issue during election season, and then is generally neglected by the same politicians afterwards. The issues are long-standing and of enormous importance, and finding solutions seems intimidating to all but the most dedicated public servants. The major issues are
April 9, 2014 / Published in Education
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, DCG’s Jerry Matranga co-presented a workshop at the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO) annual Conference & School Business Expo. Jerry presented along-side Marilyn Cleveland, Attorney at Law with Dannis Woliver Kelley, and Brianna García and Suzanne Speck, Director of Management Consulting Services and Associate Vice President (respectively) of School Services of California, Inc.
February 26, 2014 / Published in Education
Dutra Cerro Graden is proud to have recently assisted Solano Community College in acquiring a former auto dealership in Vallejo which enabled Solano College to enhance their automotive program. According to the Times-Herald article by Sarah Rohrs, “The new quarters give the fledgling program a lot more room to bolster student enrollment and expand with
For the third year in a row, DCG will co-present a workshop at the Annual Conference & California School Business Expo held by California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO). On Saturday, April 5, 2014, DCG will join Marilyn Cleveland, Attorney at Law at DANNIS WOLIVER KELLEY and Suzanne Speck, Associate Vice President at School
As part of our company commitment to Creating Communities of Value™, DCG donated 40 gift bags to support the Newark Unified School District’s annual event to honor the dedicated team of teachers, principals, support staff, and leadership staff that are integral in the District’s success. This year the event’s theme was “Building a Brighter Future”,
July 3, 2013 / Published in Education
On Monday, July 1, 2013, an article by Chris De Benedetti of The Argus, highlighted the recent sale of New Haven Unified School District’s former Cabello Elementary School with the assistance of DCG. The article points out that the property sold well above the estimated price, and the funds will help the District rebound from
June 14, 2013 / Published in Education
After closing the Cabello Student Support Center several years ago, the New Haven Unified School District was faced with the imperative of selling the Cabello Student Support Center to generate funds to help offset the District’s ongoing cash challenges caused by continuing state cuts to the education budget, and to assure that the contemplated use
Dutra Cerro Graden is proud to announce that the company is partnering with School Services of California on several workshops that provide important information on the basics of asset management. The workshops are for districts that have surplus property or a need for additional property. Topics will cover the basics of asset management, as well