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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

State task force offers blueprint for education technology

State task force offers blueprint for education technology

Embracing the mantra “no child left off-line,” a state task force is offering a vision of how California classrooms can embrace education technology to enhance learning. Convened by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Quick Hits, Technology

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standards

Wanted: districts interested in being early adopters of new science standards

The California Science Teachers Association and the nonprofit education research and development agency WestEd are seeking a half-dozen school districts to take the lead in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards. In exchange for committing to ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Quick Hits, Standards, STEM

Report: Juvenile justice system schools “do more harm than good”

Report: Juvenile justice system schools “do more harm than good”

The education provided to the 70,000 juveniles incarcerated on any given day across the nation is “substandard” and “is setting them even further back in their ability to turn their lives around,” according to a ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equity issues, High School Completion, Quick Hits, Race, Ethnicity

Sample questions, more details on revamped SAT unveiled

Sample questions, more details on revamped SAT unveiled

Some elements of a redesigned SAT made a debut Wednesday, offering a glimpse  of what will be required on a revamped test that officials say is more grounded in the skills and knowledge students need in ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: California Colleges, College and Career Preparation, College Enrollment, Common Core, Quick Hits, UC and CSU

Petition to ‘save’ job training program forwarded to governor

Petition to ‘save’ job training program forwarded to governor

About 2,000 people signed a petition to “save” the Southern California Regional Occupational Center, or SoCal ROC, one of the state’s largest and oldest providers of career training for students that advocates fear may be ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Local Control Funding Formula, Quick Hits

Transitional kindergarten bill passed by Senate education committee

Transitional kindergarten bill passed by Senate education committee

After several hours of testimony the state Senate Education Committee on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that would expand transitional kindergarten to all 4-year-olds.  The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee, where ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Early Learning, Quick Hits, Transitional Kindergarten

LAO recommends “fundamental restructuring” of state child care system

LAO recommends “fundamental restructuring” of state child care system

A new report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office is suggesting significant changes to the state’s child care and early education systems. Due to the complexity of the system and an inability to provide funding for ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Child Care, Early Learning, Quick Hits, Reporting & Analysis, Transitional Kindergarten

LAUSD receives new federal grant to promote career preparation programs

LAUSD receives new federal grant to promote career preparation programs

Los Angeles Unified is among the recipients of a new federal grant touted by President Barack Obama as key to efforts to enhance partnerships between schools and the business world. The district will receive $7 million ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Career Technical Education, College and Career Preparation, Partnership Academies, Quick Hits, Workforce preparation

Ellen Moir honored for work preparing new teachers

Ellen Moir honored for work preparing new teachers

Ellen Moir has received a national award recognizing her success expanding quality training programs for new teachers through the nonprofit organization she founded, the Santa Cruz-based New Teacher Center.  Moir is this year’s recipient of the ... … Read entire article »

Filed under: Preparation, Quick Hits