Higher college attainment will raise wages but not narrow income gap

Higher college attainment will raise wages but not narrow income gap

In both California and the nation, income inequality is at or near record levels. Because educational attainment is by far the single most important determinant of an individual’s income, a key question, then, is whether ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College Completion, Commentary, Featured

Survey finds Californians back both Common Core and new funding formula

Survey finds Californians back both Common Core and new funding formula

Resistance to the Common Core State Standards may be spreading in parts of Red State America, but Californians are learning more about  the new math and reading standards and generally like what they have heard, ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Following the School Funding Formula, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Quick Hits

Common Core now the common element in college-preparatory courses

Common Core now the common element in college-preparatory courses

Lesson plans and teacher training programs at the K-12 level aren’t the only things being updated to reflect the new Common Core State Standards. The requirements of the battery of courses – called “a-g” – that ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: A to G Curriculum, California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Standards, UC and CSU

Job skills programs to receive $18 million boost

Job skills programs to receive $18 million boost

JPMorgan Chase will provide $18 million in grants over the next five years to nonprofit groups providing job training in California, with programs for high school and community college students among the first recipients, the financial ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College and Career Preparation, Quick Hits, Workforce preparation

Parent committee questions West Contra Costa school officials about draft accountability plan

At a public meeting in Richmond last week, West Contra Costa Unified officials unveiled their draft proposal for spending about $23 million on “high-needs” students next school year. Held in the cafeteria of a recently refurbished ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Following the School Funding Formula, Local Control Funding Formula, School Finance, West Contra Costa Unified

Transitional kindergarten teachers say they need more training

Transitional kindergarten teachers say they need more training

Ninety-five percent of the first transitional kindergarten teachers in California had previously taught preschool, kindergarten or 1st grade, but said they could have used more training on how to teach 4-year-olds, according to a new report ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Transitional Kindergarten

Three California schools win national Green Ribbon awards

Three California schools win national Green Ribbon awards

Three schools and one school district in California were honored today in the U.S. Department of Education’s annual Green Ribbon contest, which recognizes environmentally friendly facilities, outdoor education and healthy living. Lowell Elementary and Mark Twain ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Facilities, Quick Hits, Reporting & Analysis, State and Federal Policies

New education funds in Los Angeles Unified must target highest-needs schools

More than 300 students, parents and community members from the Eastside of Los Angeles and South Los Angeles demonstrated during the first week of April in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Local Control Funding Formula

Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

Santa Ana Unified caters to parents to boost accountability meeting attendance

SANTA ANA – After agreeing to coordinate the Santa Ana Unified School District’s public meetings about its Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), Frances Byfield’s first question was: “What are we serving for dinner?” While that ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Santa Ana Unified

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs

County offices to cut districts some slack for now on their LCAPs

State and county education officials are seeking to reassure school districts that might be worried that county superintendents will reject the new accountability plans they’ll submit by July 1 for the 2014-15 year. Tighter scrutiny ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, LCFF Featured, Local Control Funding Formula, Parents, Reporting & Analysis