EdSource Today Reports: Featured

Majority of California voters support universal preschool for 4-year-olds

Majority of California voters support universal preschool for 4-year-olds

Most California voters think the state should increase the availability of preschool for the state’s 4-year-olds, according to a Field Poll conducted in partnership with EdSource. Of the 1,000 registered voters polled, 55 percent said ... … Read entire article »

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

State panel grapples with defining ‘college and career ready’

State panel grapples with defining ‘college and career ready’

Preparing students for colleges and careers shouldn’t be an “either-or” proposition and schools should be held accountable for how well they prepare students for both paths, an advocate for career education urged in testimony before ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Featured, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis, Workforce preparation

Districts face challenge of prioritizing public input on school spending

California’s school funding reform law has triggered a burst of outreach efforts to solicit parent and community input in at least some districts – along with a plethora of suggestions about how to spend the additional ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Natomas Unified School District, Parent Activism, Parents, Reporting & Analysis, San Bernardino City Unified, San Diego Unified, Santa Ana Unified, Systemic Change, West Contra Costa Unified

At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test

At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test

The students in John Daniels’ U.S. history class at James Lick High School in East San Jose are a smidgen of the tens of thousands of juniors who are taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: College and Career Preparation, Common Core, Featured, Reporting & Analysis

More non-profits teaching parents to read with children

More non-profits teaching parents to read with children

Uriel Torres, 4, wasn’t sitting quietly as his tutor read him a book about Clifford, that irascible big red dog. He wasn’t sitting at all. He leaned forward out of his high chair, almost laying ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Featured, Kindergarten and Preschool, Reporting & Analysis

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

Districts should make early learning a priority in their local accountability plans

The achievement gap is a term used so regularly in the education world that its realities can sometimes lose their significance. But according to new research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the gap is ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Early Learning, Featured, Local Control Funding Formula

Sacramento City Unified won’t renew No Child Left Behind waiver

Sacramento City Unified won’t renew No Child Left Behind waiver

Faced with intense opposition from teachers, Sacramento City Unified announced Wednesday it would not join other California districts in reapplying for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. Its defection leaves seven of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Common Core, Featured, No Child Left Behind, Reporting & Analysis, Teacher Evaluations

Los Angeles Unified’s draft accountability plan shows promise of new funding law

The potential of the state’s new education funding system was on full display this week when Los Angeles Unified School Superintendent John Deasy presented a draft accountability plan that included a dizzying array of new ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Following the School Funding Formula, K-12 Reform, Reporting & Analysis

Deal in L.A. Unified designed to protect 37 high-needs schools from layoffs

Deal in L.A. Unified designed to protect 37 high-needs schools from layoffs

The parties in a 4-year-old lawsuit challenging mass layoffs of teachers at low-income middle schools in Los Angeles Unified announced a settlement Tuesday that an attorney called a potential model for creating a stable work ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Reporting & Analysis, Teacher Tenure, Teachers and Admin

Bullets fly, but the test must go on

Bullets fly, but the test must go on

This commentary was written the day last month that 10th graders in Los Angeles were due to take the math portion of the California High School Exit Exam. Five pops that sounded like fireworks. Short and ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Featured, Teachers and Admin, Tests and Assessments