The Kern High School District and its insurers paid more than $11.7 million last year to settle legal disputes over a wide range of issues, from special education students alleging they received inadequate education to somebody struck by a district vehicle, according to settlements reviewed …

Bracing for an economic recession and citing uncertainty about the future, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing only a small boost in K-12 spending this year — a turnaround from the previous few years.

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Bakersfield City School District trustees voted 3-0 Thursday to appoint a new board member to replace Andrae Gonzales, the 34-year-old rising star in the local Democratic Party who was elected to the Bakersfield City Council in November.

Mitch Carter, the former Bakersfield High School senior who infamously donned a chicken costume during a 2010 pep rally and then got pummeled by his teammates, gave up almost half his $10.5 million settlement to pay legal fees, according to documents reviewed by The Californian.

The Bakersfield City School District Education Foundation is seeking four volunteers to serve on its 18-member board of directors, officials announced Wednesday.

For more than 20 years, the Kern High School District maintained a robust sexual education program that was praised locally, regarded as a national model and pointed to by public health officials as the reason HIV and AIDS rates were plummeting among teens.

The Kern County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm Mary Barlow, the county’s associate superintendent, as the next Kern County Superintendent of Schools when Christine Lizardi Frazier retires next month.

Castle STEAM Academy, Panama-Buena Vista Union School District’s ambitious project to transform one of southwest Bakersfield’s poorest schools, received $80,000 from Chevron to develop an engineering lab, officials announced.

Lamont Elementary School District board members, expected to appoint a new interim assistant superintendent Tuesday that would have closed the chapter on the Jose Cantu scandal from earlier this year, instead chose to fill the former administrator’s position by spreading it out between three…

Kern High School District Trustee Joey O’Connell was sworn into office Monday, but made it clear that he has taken no position on a controversial decision made two weeks ago to allow teachers with Concealed Carry Weapon permits to bring firearms to campus.

An 18-year-old Bakersfield High School student who was late to class and refused to leave his desk until his teacher marked him as present was tasered twice by a Kern High School District Police Department officer, a lawsuit filed in September claims.

California school districts have grappled with a teacher shortage for years but the problem has worsened since 2014, with 75 percent reporting a lack of qualified instructors, according to a survey released Wednesday.

Thomas Burke, who for 12 years has served as Kern Community College District's chief financial officer, has been tapped to head the district when Chancellor Sandra Serrano retires in February, officials said Tuesday. 

Kern Community College District board members may appoint a new top administrator Tuesday to replace Chancellor Sandra Serrano, who is retiring next year.

Addressing concerns raised by undocumented students following the presidential election, Bakersfield College President Sonya Christian said Monday that she and BC faculty support all students in their quest for higher learning.

In an unusual move, Kern High School District officials are preparing to force a vote over whether to allow teachers to arm themselves, calling a special session Thursday, prior to the departure of trustee Chad Vegas, a strong proponent of the policy, who leaves office next month.

Despite sagging polls and predictions ballot fatigue would doom school bonds, those measures overwhelmingly passed Tuesday, shattering local records as almost $1.4 billion in construction funding was approved countywide.

Chad Vegas, the three-term Kern High School District trustee who refused to run for re-election this year because he said enforcing new state-imposed anti-discrimination laws violated his religious conscience, slammed The Bakersfield Californian Monday during his final board meeting.

Harold “Lefty” Williams used to travel the world as the first southpaw member of the Harlem Globetrotters, the high-flying comedic basketball team that hinges on spectacle, wowing audiences at sports arenas with dunks and tricks.

A Kern County jury awarded former Bakersfield College wrestling and golf coach Bill Kalivas nearly $13,000 in damages from a civil lawsuit he filed after he was informed in 2014 by BC athletics director Sandi Taylor that he was not being retained as wrestling coach.

David Edmiston, the longtime Kern High School District police officer named acting chief after whistleblower Joseph Lopeteguy was placed on leave this year, has also been placed on administrative leave, officials confirmed Thursday.