EdSource Today Reports: Principals and Administrators

After 5 hours of testimony, State Board sends funding law regs back for revisions

After 5 hours of testimony, State Board sends funding law regs back for revisions

Staff and members of the State Board of Education promised to revise proposed spending rules for the new school funding system after hearing speed testimonies Thursday from Californians from all corners of the state. The ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, Featured, K-12 Reform, Local Control Funding Formula, Parents, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, State Board of Education, Teachers and Admin

Building school district stability extends beyond the superintendent

Building school district stability extends beyond the superintendent

The Los Angeles Unified School District board bought itself a little stability last week when it extended Superintendent John Deasy’s contract for a year by handing him a “satisfactory” rating in his annual evaluation. Buying stability ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

Commission considers performance tests for administrators in training

Commission considers performance tests for administrators in training

Five years ago, California became the first state to mandate that all candidates for becoming a teacher demonstrate that they have the skills needed for the classroom. Soon, it will be aspiring administrators’ turn for a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Evaluations, Featured, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue, even without Tony Smith

School leaders say Oakland’s community school movement will continue, even without Tony Smith

When Tony Smith became Oakland schools superintendent four years ago, he vaulted the struggling district into the national spotlight with his vision of creating a “community school district” that would vastly expand the role of ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: After School, Extra Time, K-12 Reform, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, Systemic Change, Teachers and Admin

Under Common Core, leaders face big challenge of designing change

Under Common Core, leaders face big challenge of designing change

Over the past decade, many California teachers, especially in low-performing schools, were expected to teach a scripted curriculum. The advocates of this approach hoped to ensure that all students were exposed to high quality – ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Common Core, Featured, Principals and Administrators, Teachers and Admin

Alternative bill to speed up teacher dismissals introduced

Alternative bill to speed up teacher dismissals introduced

(Update: The story has been updated to include the announcement on Thursday that Sen. Alex Padilla has dropped his teacher dismissal bill and become a principal co-author of AB 375, by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.) A year ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

Survey questions districts’ compliance with child abuse laws

School districts in four San Francisco Bay Area counties demonstrate a “haphazard compliance with child abuse laws,” according to a survey of 94 of those districts by the Bay Area News Group. Fewer than half of the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Principals and Administrators, Quick Hits, Teachers and Admin

Credentialing commission imposes tougher test to become school administrator

Credentialing commission imposes tougher test to become school administrator

Alone among states, California has permitted passing a primarily multiple-choice exam as one path to become a school or district administrator. That will change. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) on Friday voted to require ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Featured, Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

Principal convicted for not reporting suspected sex abuse

Principal convicted for not reporting suspected sex abuse

A jury in San Jose on Monday convicted a former elementary school principal for failing to report a case of suspected sex abuse by a teacher to authoritie­s, marking a rare instance in which prosecutors ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Principals and Administrators, Reporting & Analysis, Teachers and Admin

Contrary to common wisdom, nothing is ‘away’ from the classroom

Contrary to common wisdom, nothing is ‘away’ from the classroom

Readers of my posts know that I often challenge the conventional wisdom within public education circles – a public sector “mythbuster” if you will – whether it be the myth of furlough days or the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commentary, Evaluations, Parents, Principals and Administrators, School Boards, Teachers and Admin