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OC Weekly Article on Talega Mello Roos Refund Dispute

The OC Weekly published an article — one admittedly written with a distinct viewpoint — about whether Capistrano Unified School District ought to refund a portion of Talega’s Mello Roos tax assessments. We wrote extensively about Mello Roos in this article, wherein we cited the Franchise Tax Board on Mello Roos as follows:

In 1982, [...]

Supervisor Bates Congratulates CUSD on Having Five High Schools Ranked Among the Top 5% in the Country

We previously mentioned the US News and World Report rankings for Capistrano Unified’s High Schools in this article. Now, Supervisor Patricia Bates has congratulated the schools as well, highlighting the fact that all five of CUSD’s comprehensive high schools evaluated by US News (Tesoro, Dana Hills, San Clemente, Aliso Niguel and Capistrano Valley) were ranked [...]

US News Rankings for Capistrano Unified High Schools

U.S News and World Report has published its annual rankings of the top public high schools in the country. We don’t attach a lot of significance to these rankings because there is so much more to a school than a couple of general statistics, but they are useful data points nonetheless. Below are the state [...]

Congratulations to Capistrano Unified’s Top Teachers

According to a Capistrano Unified press release, fifty-six teachers out of more than two thousand have been selected by their colleagues as the top educator at their schools. District winners will be announced in March and recognized at the annual Teacher of the Year celebration, and three winners – one each at the elementary, middle [...]