Modoc County Office of Education

Children are the highest priority of the Modoc County Office of Education. 

Our professional staff will act to ensure that all children are prepared to learn and all students receive exceptional instruction in a safe and conducive learning environment.

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  • Del Mar Union School District taking steps to handle shortage of substitute teachers

    “Our teachers’ No. 1 priority is the kids. They want to be in the classroom,” said Jason Romero, assistant superintendent of human resources.

    “To cancel training or to send teachers back to the classroom because we don’t have enough substitutes is really not in the best interest of anybody,” Romero said. “We’re making sure our teachers get the highest quality training and that the highest quality of substitute is taking over the class.”

    Gina Vargas, Del Mar California Teachers Association co-president, said at the Oct. 22 board meeting that the organization appreciates that the district is being proactive by taking steps “to continue the amazing professional development while still maintaining the integrity of our classrooms.”

    Read entire article HERE.

    MCOE, MJUSD, and SVJUSD are all having difficulty finding high quality substitutes -- Gary
    Posted Oct 29, 2014, 8:07 AM by Gary Jones
  • Local Control Funding Gets High Marks from Educators

    Now, this is different: The California legislature passed a law, and people actually like it. They are trying hard to implement the spirit of the state's new finance formula rather than trivialize it with minimum compliance behavior.

    Such is the takeaway from a just released report by Daniel Humphrey and Julia Koppich. Their research, Toward a Grand Vision: Early Implementation of California's Local Control Funding Formula, follows the law's first year in 10 school districts: huge and small, urban and rural.

    Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Oct 28, 2014, 2:35 PM by Gary Jones
  • Teacher Preparation Enrollment

    This chart reflects a growing concern for schools in Modoc County and throughout the state.

    Posted Oct 20, 2014, 10:27 AM by Gary Jones
  • Modoc County town full of givers

    They give a lot in Canby.

    The tiny Modoc County town and its ZIP code is the most charitable in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

    The 645 residents in the 96015 ZIP code who filed itemized tax returns in 2012 gave a total of $436,000, or 18 percent of their income. As a whole, Modoc County residents gave 3.37 percent of their income.

    Siskiyou was the most generous county in California as residents there gave 3.53 percent of their income for total contributions of $13,747,000, the study said.

    Read entire article HERE

    Thanks to Leslie Corder for pointing out this information. Thank you, Canby!
    Posted Oct 8, 2014, 6:35 PM by Gary Jones
  • Tuck, Torlakson debate union power, lawsuit
    The two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction disagreed on the condition of K-12 education in California, the influence of teachers unions and which of them is best qualified for the job at a forum Saturday in Burlingame, the last scheduled joint appearance before the Nov. 4 election.

    Read entire article HERE.

    The writer is John Fensterwald; his articles are always informative and timely. This article is balanced and contains a video of the one-hour debate. 
    Posted Oct 1, 2014, 8:09 AM by Gary Jones
  • Stanislaus County educator explains school spending priorities

    (Concise overview of LCFF and LCAP)

    Mary Stires started as a teacher, worked her way up to district office administrator, and now uses everything she learned along the way for her oversight role at the Stanislaus County Office of Education.

    Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 9:08 AM by Gary Jones
  • Why so many children aren't ready for school

    Too many of America's children aren't ready for kindergarten -- or for what comes after.

    Only about one-in-three U.S. children are in the process of understanding or actually skilled in the kinds of math and reading activities that support the lessons they will encounter in kindergarten, according to research commissioned by Sesame Workshop. Meanwhile, only about half of children demonstrated the social, emotional and so-called executive function skills that will help them to adapt and learn during kindergarten.

    Read entire article HERE.

    MODOC COE - Mission Statement
    Children are the highest priority of the Modoc County Office of Education. Our professional staff will act to ensure that all children are prepared to learn and all students receive exceptional instruction in a safe and conducive learning environment.
    Posted Sep 29, 2014, 9:01 AM by Gary Jones
  • Election of State Superintendent

    The following Guest Comment appeared on page 2 of The Modoc Record, 9/25/2014.

    While it may not be the most glamorous statewide office, I want to encourage voters to do their research on the race for California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction.

    The two candidates, Tom Torlakson (incumbent) and Marshall Tuck (challenger), have different accomplishments and have taken vastly different stands on important educational matters. Both are Democrats who have no experience with rural life.

    I have had several opportunities to speak privately with both candidates about Modoc County and the unique educational needs of small school systems. Personally, I like both candidates. They have been attentive to my concerns and suggestions. However, I have to keep this in mind, they are both campaigning for political office.

    In my role as president of the state’s county superintendents’ association, I will work closely with whoever wins the election. Consequently, I will not endorse either candidate. The schools of our county are better served by me not taking a public stand.

    Let me explain my thinking. In the past, Modoc’s schools were mostly ignored by Sacramento. This is no longer true. I am able to speak to state leaders about local, regional, and statewide matters that affect our schools. I view that as a positive—a favorable situation for Modoc and other small school systems.

    Yes, it is politics. And yes, I understand how the game is played.

    Please visit the candidates’ websites and pay close attention to news accounts of their stances, specifically their focus on students. The candidates’ websites are: and

    Polls show this to be the closest statewide race; Modoc’s votes could affect the final outcome. As always, I ask that you cast an informed vote, not one decided in the ballot booth or hastily cast to get your ballot in the mail.

    Gary L. Jones
    Modoc County Superintendent

    Posted Sep 26, 2014, 9:27 AM by Gary Jones
  • Educators told to see children as their own

    Educators must think of students, regardless of their race or income level, as their own children and not give up on any of them.

    “We must pursue learning for all, not because it’s politically expedient but because there’s no such thing as an expendable child,” Moreno Valley Unified School District Superintendent Judy White said.

    Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Sep 26, 2014, 9:10 AM by Gary Jones
  • Bill Cirone: E-Cigarettes Pose Danger for Young People

    If you don’t know what a “vape pen” or a “cloud pen” or a “hookah pen” is, your teenagers or even pre-teens probably do. These are some of the various names for e-cigarettes — battery-operated cigarettes that contain an atomizer that vaporizes a liquid form of nicotine. The liquid comes in an individual cartridge, and is flavored with chocolate, peppermint, piña colada, cotton candy or mint chip, among other appealing flavors. In a pocket, it looks like a pen.

    Read entire article HERE.

    Bill Cirone is the Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools.
    Posted Oct 3, 2014, 2:15 PM by Gary Jones
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